Microschools

W. Va. governor signs into law microschools, learning pods of unlimited size

Editor’s note: This article appeared Saturday on West Virginia’s herald-dispatch.com. Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed into law allowing “microschools” and “learning pods” of unlimited size to operate in West Virginia. The new law, Senate Bill 268, says these would be sparsely regulated schools or groups of students that could[Read More…]

Entrepreneur’s worldwide micro-school network encourages ‘heroes’ to pursue self-directed learning

Editor’s note: You can read more about Jeff Sandefer’s success story here. Every comic book superhero has an origin story – a narrative that informs his or her identity and motivation. Orphaned science whiz Peter Parker became Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Russian assassin Natasha Romanoff, known[Read More…]

Former business exec launches Tampa microschool focused on self-directed learning

“Acton is a learner-driven approach. It literally flips the education system upside down. It’s highly focused on teaching students how to think, to do, to be, to know.” –Beth Ann Valavanis A former healthcare executive is among a growing number of entrepreneurs taking a hard look at traditional education models,[Read More…]

The little micro-school that could

LEESBURG, Fla. – When the time came to begin sketching out plans for her own little school, Nikki Duslak sat in her breakfast nook at 2 a.m. with a notepad, a glass of pinot noir, and a book, “Nonprofit Kit for Dummies.” Duslak has two master’s degrees in education. She’s[Read More…]

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner interviews Janelle Wood of Black Mothers Forum

On this episode, Ladner speaks with the founder of a Phoenix-based organization dedicated to erasing systemic inequities and ending the “school-to-prison” pipeline for Black children. In partnership with the Arizona-based microschool organization Prenda, Black Mothers Forum facilitates seven microschools, each serving 10 students or less in the Phoenix area. The[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Pandemic pod rockets South Florida entrepreneur into a new career

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021 such as this feature story from senior writer Lisa Buie. Christy Kian wasn’t sure what she was getting into last year when she agreed to help a parent struggling to educate her two children during[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Fact-checking the pundits as a new school year begins

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021 such as this commentary from guest blogger Jonathan Butcher. As students head back to school, we can check some predictions made last year about how COVID would change K-12 classrooms. First, teacher unions forecast that[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Innovative teacher recaptures spirit of the ‘little red schoolhouse’

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021. This post from executive editor Matt Ladner originally published on Feb. 26. MESA, Arizona – “Miss Laura! A chick! There’s a chick in the shed!” The excited cry set students at the Dynamic Micro-school scurrying. My height[Read More…]