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Unique Florida learning option offers families safety, choice, peace of mind

Like a school, but better. That’s how Ali Kaufman, founder and CEO of Space of Mind, describes a revolutionary program that engages students, families, educators and the larger community in experiential learning. Kaufman’s brainchild, launched in 2004, is not a traditional school. Nor is it a tutoring center. It’s not[Read More…]

Opportunity, diversity, and a new hot spot for education choice

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – When it came time to find an elementary school for her daughter Amanda, Maria Jimenez researched several options in Osceola County before choosing Mater Brighton Lakes Academy, a charter school with a strong academic reputation and a vibe that “felt like home.” A friend with a daughter[Read More…]

Becoming ‘Dr. K’: Creativity and passion for teaching sends educator to the principal’s office

In 2019, when she was teaching at Butler College Prep, a public four-year charter high school in Chicago, Kendrah Underwood earned the reputation as the world’s coolest teacher for filming a video of her students rapping about what they were willing to do to earn a good grade. The video,[Read More…]

More school choice. More truth, beauty and goodness.

SARASOTA, Fla. – If they could, plenty of parents across America would choose a school like The Classical Academy of Sarasota, where students from pre-school to high school are immersed in a search for “truth, goodness and beauty” and will have read “The Iliad,” “The Aeneid” and Plato’s “Republic” by[Read More…]

From falling behind to college bound at ‘Home of the Rattlers’

Editor’s note: For more examples of Black-owned private schools and charter schools, check out this directory from Black Minds Matter. You can read about a Jacksonville charter school that introduces elementary students to the culture of historically Black colleges and universities here. TAMPA, Fla. – Dwayne Raiford envisioned his “HBCU[Read More…]

New South Florida school relies on the arts, confidence building to help students succeed

Peek inside a classroom at The Foundations School and you’re likely to see the following: Kids producing their own play, complete with simple costumes. Kids plunging their fingers into clay to create an object that might be mentioned in a story. Kids singing along with a professional musician strumming a[Read More…]

The ‘education machine’ made this educator leave teaching – then she founded her own school

Editor’s note: Denisha Merriweather, director of family engagement at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, recently interviewed Arianne Craig Jolla, who had dreamed of being a teacher since she was in fourth grade. Frustrated with school administrators who expected her to “teach to the test,”[Read More…]

Florida Virtual School teachers learned along with their students during the pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered brick and mortar schools and fueled a rush to online education in the spring of 2020, Florida Virtual School stepped up, investing $4.3 million in an expansion that allowed it to serve 2.7 million students by May. As COVID-19 cases soared over the summer and[Read More…]