I began my career in education by helping higher education institutions with technology projects and data. Shortly thereafter I moved into K-12 education with an emphasis in online learning with a company I founded, Provost Systems. We built virtual schools that included SIS, CMS and a portals for administrators, teachers, students and parents to use on a daily basis. Our success was quickly realized and we were purchased by Edison Schools in 2008. After two years of serving Edison Schools as EVP of Online and assisting in the launch of Provost Academy I left to begin Education Elements in 2010.
Little did I know that my architecture degree and experience would play such a critical role in shaping my approach to education. I believe that learning environments and school designs need to be open and flexible so that teachers, the true designers of learning, can successfully create the best possible learning conditions for students.
Education has always been a part of me. As a young boy raised by a single mom, I never forgot the value my mother placed on education and how it shapes the person you become in the future.
This book serves to provide in-depth case studies of blended learning programs from the perspective of experts and pioneering leaders in the field today.
The chapters have been collected to share lessons and stories from the experiences of those leading the development of new learning models using blended learning across the nation.
The role of educators is awesome —and I mean that literally. Teachers change lives. On a daily basis, teachers —including all of us who tutor, assist, mentor, lead, and create a community of learners— change the trajectory of students’ lives. Teachers change what students aspire to. They affect how students perceive themselves.
The NEW School Rules is both a practical guide for how to improve the practices of schools and districts as well as a thoughtful examination of the self-imposed barriers that can get in the way of getting work done in organizations. Designed to be actionable, the book offers leaders the ability to implement immediate change in order to have a lasting impact.