On this episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill talks to the director of a growing homeschooling group in South Florida. The 20 students Daumit’s group serves receive instruction from three traditionally credentialed teachers in a K-8 style, five-days-a-week learning environment. Daumit’s teachers have left the public and private systems in search of a different way they could express themselves as creative educators.
Tuthill and Daumit discuss how her group blurs the lines between homeschooling, micro-schools, learning pods and private schools, a phenomenon that likely will continue to redefine public education.
“I am not a head of school; I am not connected to the (Department of Education). I am not looking to do business as usual. The point is to create an environment where kids can be who they are … Lots of kids can’t be who they are in a public or private school.”
· Daumit’s background as an educator and her disillusionment with No Child Left Behind legislation
· How her group’s curriculum gets to the “nuts and bolts” of how kids learn
· How the group has moved away from technology to focus on interactive, face-to-face collaborative group work
· Expansion opportunities and how to best serve the needs of different communities