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A Teacher's Take on Place-Based Education (Nashville Edition)

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Place-based education is a learning model that emphasizes the incorporation of community resources and spaces into the daily life of school children. 

For many parents and prospective students, it's tough to visualize what this means concretely. 

In this post, you'll learn all about what place-based education in Nashville looks like from my perspective as the head of Blyth-Templeton Academy in Nashville.

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"My Kids Are Thinking About BTA:" Promoting Student Agency from Application to Graduation

student-centered learning, motivating teens, adolescent development

We recently received an email from an interested parent that opened with the following statement: "my kids are thinking about going to your school."

The rest of the email followed in the typical style for an initial inquiry. The family was interested in learning more and wanted to find a time to connect with a member of the admissions team to talk about the schooling environment and options at Blyth-Templeton Academy.

Are you perhaps wondering why we found the opening line so striking? Here's the statement again: "my kids are thinking about going to your school." 

In our eyes, this parent...

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Here's What to Expect at Your Admissions Interview for Blyth-Templeton Academy (Nashville Edition)

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Our admissions interviews are a great way to see a student’s excitement and enthusiasm about Blyth-Templeton Academy.

At this time, you have already toured the school, learned more about BTA, and worked on recommendations. This is a chance for the school to now really get to know you- and who you are!

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Check Out BTA's New Application Resource and Registration Information as 2019 Approaches

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and the new year and new decisions will follow quickly after.

This is the time of year when many families begin to re-group and think about their schooling options for the year to come. Are their children thriving? Does one daughter need more challenging academic work? Does another son need greater freedom in his schedule so he can take on a part time job? Do they like their current school’s approach to discipline or to test-taking?

If you’re considering switching schools or starting a new schooling adventure for your family in the coming year and...

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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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