Tag: education innovation

With KaiPod, parents decide what their children learn

Editor’s note: This article from Kerry McDonald, a senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, appeared Saturday on the foundation’s website. Curriculum battles in public schools across the U.S. have reached a fever pitch in recent years, with parents and politicians fighting about what children should and should not be[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida Virtual School teacher innovates to help students master world language instruction

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Caroline Tevlin, an elementary school Spanish teacher who customizes her students’ education by tapping into their individual learning styles. Tevlin transitioned to teaching online after working in a traditional school setting for six years. Four years into her experience at[Read More…]

Former public school teacher offers advice for starting a microschool

Amy Marotz’s decision to start a microschool began the way such decisions have begun for others: She became a parent. The former educator, who taught English at a charter school for low-income students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, toured her zoned district elementary school when it was time to enroll[Read More…]

Could employer-based microschooling be the newest workplace perk?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Kerry McDonald, senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, appeared Friday on the foundation’s website. When Elon Musk created a small school for his children and some of his SpaceX employees on the company’s California campus, he created a spark that could just[Read More…]

Science center in the Ozarks reinvents itself, wins $1 million prize to continue offering education choice to families

Two years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic began shuttering childcare centers nationwide, a Springfield, Missouri, center that had been providing STEM education activities faced a critical decision. Should it close, or should it attempt to fill the area’s childcare gap? The team at The Discovery Center voted to stay open.[Read More…]

Micro-school pioneer: If I can do it, so can you

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Before all the buzz about learning pods and micro-schools, some folks were already creating learning pods and micro-schools. Jaime Manfra went down this path 10 years ago. Her Service Learning Micro-school (SLS) is all about flexibility, diversity, community service. Students here spend a lot of time helping[Read More…]

In search of the bright, shiny object

In the morning, when the sun hits our kitchen window just right, a dangling crystal refracts light, sending Serafina (the much-adored Ladner family cat, pictured above) on the “shiny hunt.” Serafina doesn’t understand the properties of light, but she never seems to tire of hunting shiny things. They are shiny[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida Virtual School teacher infuses core subject lessons with personalized songs

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Michael Bonick, an elementary teacher and guitar player at Florida Virtual School, who engages students by incorporating music in core academic subjects. A teacher for 22 years, Bonick’s interest in music blossomed when his father suggested that he play the[Read More…]