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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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4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

student-centered learning, parents and education

 In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.”

The interpretation of this involvement maxim has come to mean helping with homework, rushing to school to bring the forgotten book, offering a multitude of enrichment activities, hiring tutors, and using carrots and sticks to motivate.

It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong. 

In...

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What College Admissions Officers Are REALLY Looking For in a High Schooler

parents and education, skills for the future

Ask any student what the most stressful part of their final year and a half of high school has been, and the majority will respond - college applications.

At a time in their life where young people are highly impressionable, beginning to solidify the ideals and patterns of thinking that will serve them for the rest of their lives - they are concurrently under intense pressure and stress, often dealing with unhealthy levels of anxiety.

And their anxiety doesn’t even compare to what their parents are feeling.

Keep reading as we explore what a college admissions office is really looking for...

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How to Choose the Best Private School for Your Teen

parents and education, private educaton

Selecting the right private school is an important decision for families. Your decision to choose private education for your teen launched a challenging search. Now, you face the task of selecting from the many options for private schools in your neighborhood or surrounding cities. 

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