Our guest today is Kelly Smith. He is the founder and CEO of Prenda schools, a network of microschools that is spreading like wildfire across state lines, bringing project-based learning and mastery-based education to a neighborhood near you.
In this episode, we talk about the origin story of GoStudent, Felix's views on what makes a learning experience successful, his tips on operating a growing educational institutions, and his regional and global plans to consolidate the fragmented tutoring market.
A coach appears as the governor of Wisconsin, a task force is put on a major water problem. Is it a classroom or a Hollywood set? Kids get clues and reports. Curiosity and motivation kick in. They launch a PR campaign, a budget...oh, and hit all their learning goals as well.
In this episode, we discuss Ryan's ambitious plans for the future of Primer, how parents are equally important to kids in the learning equation, why observing the "user-experience" is so important, why not stratifying by age creates some sort of magic and much more.
"The founding principle is that the teacher's attention is the most valuable piece in the educational brew or ecosystem. If you really want to have a high quality educational experience, you'd increase the amount of teacher attention that each child is receiving." - Brian Tobal
The more closely we work with schools these days, the more we recognize the need for setting up a school tour assessment process. Here is an example of how an ongoing tour review has turned around the enrollment numbers in a small, private school in Sacramento.
Getting parents in the (virtual) door is only half the battle. Families visiting your school is literally where the rubber meets the road. To maximize those efforts and make your school tour shine, follow these simple tips.