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Temp Keller

John Templeton (Temp) Keller is the Co-founder and CEO of Templeton Learning and Co-founder and President of Blyth-Templeton Academy. Temp also serves on the boards of the Loomis Chaffee School, Austin Achieve Public Schools and the African Leadership Academy. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.
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What Do Parents and Students Want in an Education?

parents and education

Per my last post, in recent weeks, I've been thinking back on the founding of Blyth-Templeton Academy and looking seriously at how our educational model responds to the big questions about education that drive conversation today.

At the most basic level, we all know that parents are interested in seeing their children be safe and succeed. Students, when you actually ask them, more often than not want to have fun with friends and feel successful.

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How the Most Popular TED Talk of All Time Inspired Blyth-Templeton’s Approach to Quality, Affordable Private Education

student-centered learning

Interesting things can come from the unscheduled hours of a flight delay. A bout of bad weather during a layover between Austin and Washington D.C. gave me the gift of several free hours to catch up on long-neglected articles and podcasts. Before I knew it, I was musing about the original founding of the Blyth-Templeton Academy model and about the questions I asked then and still ask myself about how education ought to work in order to best serve kids.

Here’s an exploration of some of the questions that I have been asking and answering as the BTA team pioneers a re-conceptualization of...

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5 Things You Can Expect in a Blyth-Templeton Academy Graduate

learning community, lifelong learning

High schoolers are expected to be many things today - scholars, athletes, volunteers, civically engaged, and socially responsible.

We aspire for our graduates to be all these things, and much more. Our hope, for every young person that walks through our doors, is to equip them with tools and help them develop qualities that will serve them both in high school and for the rest of their life.

Keep reading for a full description of the top five characteristics we work to develop in Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA) graduates.

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What Should Schooling Look Like in the 21st Century?

skills for the future, learning community

What should schooling look like in the 21st century? This is the fundamental question that we wrestled with — we being the co-founders of Blyth-Templeton Academy — when we came together in 2014.

And we were not alone then, nor we are alone now.

Stanford University has done some of the best thinking about this question most recently, and if you haven’t checked it out already, the Stanford2025 website is worth reviewing. Written from the perspective of the future well beyond the year 2025, they “look back from 2100 to the era when Stanford students began declaring missions, not majors.”

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Reflections from Temp Keller On the Coming School Year

lifelong learning, private educaton

The approach of a new school year is an exciting and important time for Blyth-Templeton Academy faculty and staff. It’s a time to reflect on our mission and our vision, to celebrate growth and progress, and to prepare to make the coming year even better than the year before.

This venture began more than three years ago with two goals in mind - to provide an academically challenging, nurturing and safe learning environment for students, allowing them to grow both intellectually and emotionally as individuals, and to provide a model for learning that can be used as a foundation for other...

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