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In partnership microschooling, host partners (can be employers, municipal governments, Houses of Worship, etc.) who want to offer benefits of real value to their families, working with technical partners, who provide the teaching and learning, including learning guides and curriculum. Leveraging host partner assets, like space to host the microschool or staffing available to help, serves to keep costs down.

Microschooling’s powerful potential can be realized because each microschool can be designed around the specific needs of the particular learners who are benefiting from the program.  Partnership microschooling is starting to bring this potential to whole new levels in multiple states around the country.

Learn more in this short video (2 minutes).

 

This Case Study of Year One of the Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy published by the Center for Reinventing Public Education at Arizona State University.

Read the full paper here on the CRPE website.

In response to concerns about the children of first responders needing a safe, supervised place to learn in the midst of COVID-19 school closures, the City of North Las Vegas funded education nonprofit Nevada Action to set up a microschool. Students left the school district to learn at the microschool, which received from the city facilities, funding for personnel, support from city employees, and marketing support.

KEY LESSONS:

  1.  This microschool shows how  public-private partnership can create an innovative education option for students and families during a crisis and beyond.
  2. Learning models with a mix of whole-group instruction and self-directed programs with guided curriculum can create opportunities for personalized learning for students while supporting nontraditional educations.
  3. A municipal government was able to tap public funds to provide a new learning option for students legally designated as homeschoolers.

From the report

 

 

In a time when so many families are coming to reevaluate their relationships with the institutions they have historically relied upon to meet their educational needs, many experts consider today’s burgeoning microschooling movement to be the most transformative in a generation of education reforms.

What does microschooling Nevada-style have to offer the learners in your family?

Join us Thursday, February 24 for this family-focused information session featuring many of the Las Vegas Valley’s most dynamic microschooling leaders describing their programs.

Details and signup on MicroschoolingNV’s Facebook page.

Microschooling is becoming the fastest-growing and, in many ways, most exciting movement in American education in a generation, and showing strong signs of outliving and thriving long past the pandemic conditions in which it first became a mainstream option for families.

Our MicroschoolingNV initiative has worked with many hundreds of families, and more microschools every week, both in Nevada and around the country.  To help prepare them for success from day one, we have developed this growing program of training sessions, which we are happy to offer free of charge. Whether you are navigating your first steps toward microschooling, or are an experienced leader seeking to enhance your work via communities of practice and the experiences of others, we are eager to meet you and to help.

Click on each title for more information, and contact us at info@nevadaaction.org  if you’re interested in a training, virtually or in person.

Goal Setting That Matters

Meaningful goal setting is crucial to the success of learners in a microschooling environment.  One important part of our  approach is encouraging each child to come to the realization that every decision that they make matters, and ultimately their academic progress is something that they can own and have control over. And to really matter, goals need to be updated regularly to be attainable, adequately ambitious, and aligned with the personalized goals each learner has for their own learning trajectory.

Understanding Parent Choices

As a microschooling leader, understanding the (often evolving) needs of the families you serve is crucial to understanding their priorities. So is maintaining adequate flexibility to adjust to those needss.  Decades of school choice programs nationally teach us that the actual reasons parents cite for the choices they make are often not the ones the so-called experts predict.  Includes findings from our extensive surveys of parents both seeking and currently using microschools, informed by other research conducted nationally on the subject by such experts as the Center for Reinventing Public Education and EdChoice.

Operational Necessities

This training will help you to not forget any operational necessities, and learn from the experience of others to get them right the first time.

Smart Growth

Planning for microschooling growth is crucial to success. Growth happens at a variety of times, in a variety of ways, including mid-year growth and expanding to a new or additional campus. There are many factors to consider when you are growing, including staffing, onboarding new families and maintaining relationships with current families.  Our training is informed by years of experience working with leaders of charter and private schools of choice as they have contemplated, introduced and pursued growth plans aligned with their mission, vision, and current capabilities.

 

(Originally published by ReimagineEdOnline.)

Families of special-needs learners across Nevada recently received notification that they have received grant awards under what may be the Silver State’s most family-friendly education program to date.

The Transforming Opportunities for Toddlers and Students (TOTS) program provides special needs learners under the age of 18, who “faced disparate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic impacts,” with $5,000 grants, which must be used for educational purposes, broadly defined.

Photo: : New Horizons Academy in Las Vegas offers special needs students many opportunities for project-based learning, encouraging them to work in small groups to independently create projects they display during special assemblies, courtesy of ReimagineEdOnline.

Hiring tutors (including in microschools, learning pods and services available through diverse education providers), assistive technology, purchasing educational services from a private school, or even transportation for schooling all fall within the allowable uses for grant funds.

The program is administered by the Nevada State Treasurer, and grants will be distributed through the ABLE savings account program, via its virtual wallet mechanism. This distribution vehicle is an important component of the TOTS program, ensuring that these grants do not compromise participating families’ eligibility for other programs, and presents a useful model for other state school choice-eligible funds for special needs learners.

The TOTS program came into being in the closing days of the 2021 legislative session and was a priority for longtime school choice champion Sen. Scott Hammond in negotiations to finalize a budget package that included new taxes on the mining industry.

Noted Hammond: “The pandemic made it difficult for all families to keep their children’s learning on track, and especially for families with disabilities.”

Read the full article here at ReimagineEdOnline