Parents and educators alike are starting micro-schools this fall in an effort to change the educational path for their children–and others in their community. But often we forget the hard work that goes into any new venture. There’s so much more involved than a passionate drive to change, though that’s a good start!

This week on the Education Evolution podcast, I’m sharing some of the myths involved in starting a micro-school and what realistic expectations you should have. I’m drawing from my many years in education–and from starting multiple micro-schools myself.

And I’m also sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned building my own progressive, state-accredited micro-school in the Seattle area. Listen in!

Jump Through the Conversation

  • [1:20] Three myths
  • [5:22] How long does it take to open a micro-school?
  • [8:00] External factors impacting a micro-school
  • [8:57] Enrollment
  • [9:25] Curriculum
  • [9:55] The longer view
  • [12:13] Progressive education as the goal of all schools
  • [13:14] Maureen’s Magic Wand: Use this moment in history to create more relevant and holistic schools

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James Hamilton Healy

James Hamilton Healy is a Best Selling Author, host of Business Innovators Radio and contributor to Small Business Trendsetters and Business Innovators Magazine covering Influencers, Innovators and Trendsetters in Business, Health, Finance and Personal Development.

Maureen O'Shaughnessy, EdD

Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years transforming learning in schools to better serve students. She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a progressive micro-school in Washington State, and is an educational change agent across the globe.