Venture Academy Take Charge of Learning Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:04:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letting Go: Cultivating Assessment-Capable Learners Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:18:45 +0000 Read More »]]> Venture Academy’s Kerry Muse wrote this guest piece on

I wasn’t always a successful teacher. In fact, when I first started teaching high school fresh out of college at 22, my role could better be described as kid-manager. I had a lot of passion and was great at keeping kids in class and putting out metaphorical fires, but most of my time wasn’t spent engaging students in true deeper learning. I would never have hired my past self.

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Hire Edupreneurs: Advice for School Start-Ups Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:36:59 +0000 Read More »]]> Venture Academy’s Jon Bacal wrote this guest piece for

Five Suggestions for Picking New School Edupreneurs

  1. Hire edupreneurs who are passionate, versatile, flexible, innovative and entrepreneurial
  2. Select humble, authentic, emotionally intelligent leaders eager to develop themselves and others
  3. Choose learning-centered leaders who already live your mission, can build a culture around it, and can inspire and coach colleagues and young people to make it their own
  4. Only pick someone you’d hire in a heartbeat to guide and teach your own children
  5. If you’re not sure whether a candidate meets these tests, keep looking

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In a Passionate Life, Lessons for Learning Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:35:39 +0000 Read More »]]> Venture Academy’s Jon Bacal wrote this guest piece on

The close of this year’s bitter, uninspiring campaign season marked the passing of a leader who embodied a very different approach to public life and leadership.  The journey of civic and education pioneer Verne C. Johnson, who died last week at 87, offers a case study of a leader who catalyzed innovation and creative disruption over the course of six decades (see here), culminating in his co-founding of Venture Academy’s blended learning model in his final year.  There aren’t too many gray-haired heroes in the ed-tech world.  This is the story of one of them.

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Waiting for MacGyver Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:46:58 +0000 Read More »]]> Venture Academy’s Kerry Muse wrote this guest piece on

Roger von Oech, who has spent his professional life focusing on the study of creativity, once said that “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” Our current model of education is out of date and no longer aligned to the economy our students will soon face. Let’s look at the tech industry as an example. It thrives financially by feeding the hunger of its consumers for smarter, faster, and more efficient tools. The 21st century demands young people not just with highly specialized technical skills, but also with the creative minds to imagine possibilities that don’t even yet exist, and the resourcefulness to make them happen.

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