Tag: micro schools

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…]

Commentary: Parents, civic entrepreneurs rebuild K-12 schooling from scratch

Editor’s note: This post from Bruno V. Manno, senior adviser to the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 Program and a redefinED contributor, appeared Tuesday on The 74. Manno references Florida Virtual School, which saw a 57% increase in new course enrollments in its part-time Flex program, in his discussion of how[Read More…]

North Las Vegas micro-school posts powerful learning gains

Editor’s note: This commentary is from Don Soifer, president of Nevada Action for School Options and a founding leader of the Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy. To learn more about the academy, watch this short documentary video. Ten miles north of the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, one[Read More…]

podcastED: Matt Ladner interviews Great Hearts Online executive director Kurtis Indorf

On this episode, redefinED’s executive editor speaks to a leader in the charter school organization about the exploding demand for its classical liberal arts education. Currently serving more than 20,000 students in brick-and-mortar classrooms in Arizona and Texas, Great Hearts Online launched in August because of the COVID-19 pandemic and[Read More…]

National nonprofit ‘pressure-tests’ innovative education choice programs in Florida and beyond

Like most great ideas, this one started on the ground, with a handful of eighth graders. After spending middle school in a unique environment that has earned the reputation of being the Southeast’s first urban farm school, the teens were unwilling to trade the lush gardens of the Melbourne Eau[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews entrepreneur Joe Connor

On this episode, Tuthill speaks with the co-owner of SchoolHouse, an organization serving several hundred students in eight states by creating flexible learning communities known as micro-pods for four to eight students. Tuthill and Connor discuss how SchoolHouse connects members of the community with a shared interest in a smaller[Read More…]

revisitED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill follows up with Prenda CEO Kelly Smith

On this episode, Tuthill catches up with the founder and CEO of Arizona-based Prenda, an organization on the front lines of the micro-school tsunami that has soared during the global pandemic. Smith describes how these home-learning environments, catering to fewer than a dozen similarly aged students, are gaining traction among[Read More…]