Parents, are you looking for a different model for your child? Educators, are you ready to try something new, that’s outside the traditional educational system? It might be time to start your own school or micro-school.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on education and parents and educational leaders alike are scrambling to support our colorful, mismatched kids who aren’t being served in a strictly online or hybrid environment.
This week on the podcast, I’m sharing what your first steps should be when starting your own micro-school. And I’m also sharing success stories of some of my students in the Build Your Micro-School program. I’m thrilled to see how they’ve embraced this moment to make their dreams happen.
Jump Through the Episode:
[1:07] Anyone is capable of starting a micro-school
[1:47] The key starting point
[2:22] What’s the opportunity or need?
[2:38] How Build Your Micro-School students are making change happen
[4:22] Getting clear on your priorities
[5:24] The questions to help you focus your vision
[12:40] Bullock Garden Project & Their Place
[14:25] Untethered Minds Institute
[15:45] What comes next
- Sonya Harris’ Their Place Discovery and Learning Center
- Nana Campana’s Untethered Minds Institute
- Book a consulting call
- Email Maureen
- Facebook: Follow Education Evolution
- Twitter: Follow Education Evolution
- LinkedIn: Follow Education Evolution
- Maureen’s book: Creating Micro-Schools for Colorful Mismatched Kids
- Micro-school feature on Good Morning America
- The Micro-School Coalition
- Facebook: The Micro-School Coalition
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