This idea of having a system where every family had access to learner advocates who can provide in different contexts is a part of the Reschool vision. How do we catalyze that at a system level? How do we leverage organizations that already work with families in various contexts and equip them with the skills and tools and resources they need to meet the demands and needs of the families in their communities? - Amy Anderson


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Summary

After a few years of incubating the idea inside the Denver-based Donnell-Kay Foundation, ReSchool launched as a non-profit in 2018. Their goal is to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado. Working directly with parents and learners, they try to help families create learning experiences inside and outside of school. Amy Anderson is the Director of ReSchool Colorado. Today, she talks with us about the innovative ideas happening at ReSchool. You will enjoy hearing about how any school could partner with and leverage the local community to share in the enormous task of helping young people gain experiences that align with their aspirations, passions, and goals in life.

Amy likes to pose the question - School AND….? with a recognition that learning happens everywhere. She is quick to propose that the burden (and joy) of education is best shared throughout our communities, rather than saddled to the back of the school system alone. Our conversation with Amy is the very definition of “thinking beyond constraints.” Join us to consider what could happen within and beyond your school.

Quotes:

08:38 “What is realistic and the right thing for kids during the hours and the time of year that they’re in school that the system can handle and wants to engage in, and what are the kinds of things that we could look beyond school (for) in terms of assets that already exist?

12:55 “This idea of having a system where every family had access to learner advocates who can provide in different contexts is a part of the ReSchool vision. How do we catalyze that at a system level? How do we leverage organizations that already work with families in various contexts and equip them with the skills and tools and resources they need to meet the demands and needs of the families in their communities?

15:40 “We raise a variety of private dollars at ReSchool to help offset some of the costs of accessing learning that happens outside of school and for things like transportation.

Here are some resources mentioned in our discussion:

Education Week - Tom Vander Ark / Amy Anderson: https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2014/05/whats_next_in_education_a_new_education_system.html

Community Share - Josh Schachter - https://hundred.org/en/innovations/communityshare

Blueprint4summer - https://blueprint4.com/co/

Where to learn more about the guest:

Amy at Linkedin - linkedin.com/in/amy-anderson-7b139a12

The Donnell-Kay Foundation - dkfoundation.org

ReSchool Colorado - reschoolcolorado.org

Twitter - ReSchool_CO

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