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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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Degrees or Skills? Which Make Students “Most Likely to Succeed?”

parents and education, lifelong learning

As I often joke with friends, it always feels like a decisive moment in education. And alas, education tends to evolve at a glacial pace.

Here are some much posed questions in education these days:  what does it mean for a student to be successful? what does it mean for any person to be successful? who really is most likely to succeed? Do students need skills or credentialing in order to thrive long-term?

The ensuing debate makes it seem like a defining moment in education.

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"So Where Will Your Kids Go to School?"

student-centered learning, parents and education

The days are long, but the years are short.

This was the thought coursing through my brain in the wake of my oldest child’s 8th birthday recently.

It seems just like yesterday that Kerry and I moved to Austin— when Kendall, our oldest, was all of a year old. I remember how people would look at me quizzically when I told them that I was an education entrepreneur. Once I explained that I was one of many attempting to rethink what schooling could/should look like to prepare K-12 learners for a 2030 where 85% of the jobs haven’t been invented yet, nine times out of 10 I’d get the following...

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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, Washington D.C.

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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