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Empowered Parents, Innovative Educators, Happy Learners!

The New Schools The New Schools

    • Kids & Family
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Empowered Parents, Innovative Educators, Happy Learners!

    Matt Beaudreau - Acton Placer Founder and President

    Matt Beaudreau - Acton Placer Founder and President

    Matt Beaudreau

    Show Notes:

    Matt Beaudreau is the Founder of Acton Academy Placer Schools. He is also the co-founder at Apogee Strong Mentorship Program. He helps driven entrepreneurs open student-led campuses for real education and Freedom.

    Key Takeaways:

    00:00:13 Favorite thing about working about young learners.

    00:05:28:17 Examples where you said “No, I can’t do this. I don’t like it.”

    00:13:32:21 If you’re a parent who is frustrated right now and cannot handle big changes right now but wants to do something different, what would be your advice?

    00:21:12:19 Tell us about your new program.

    00:28:31:12 What is your prediction of what will happen in K-12 with all the change happening in the world?

    00:32:27:04 If you could create a metaphor for comparing conventional schooling with what we're doing in Acton?


    The  kids will make you fired up. That’s your “why” and that’s your reason.

    I would tell parents, “Listen to that inner voice that’s telling you ‘I went to conventional school, I turned out fine.’” I don’t want “fine” for my kids, I want them to be able to create a magical world for themselves and to live this amazing story.

    We get stuck into making decisions and parenting based on:

    If it’s going to be too hard or not. And
    What do other people think?

    Social Links:

    Website | https://www.actonplacer.com/

    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-beaudreau-071a5b99

    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/mattbeaudreau

    Twitter | https://twitter.com/mattbeaudreau

    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/mattbeaudreau

    • 38 min
    Joseph Connor - CEO of Schoolhouse

    Joseph Connor - CEO of Schoolhouse

    Show Notes:

    Joseph Connor is a startup founder, attorney, and teacher.  He is the co-founder of SchoolHouse, a micro school company. Joseph is a teacher and lawyer who loves helping great educators start schools.  Joseph founded SchoolHouse, an at home micro school company, and helped them scale to over 50 schools in 9 states.

    He started his career as a teacher and school leader at KIPP and Rocketship Education.  He has also worked as legal counsel for school organizations and companies, including Match Education, AltSchool, the Notre Dame Ace Academies and Primer.  He has a passion for helping great teachers broaden their reach.

    Key Takeaways:

    00:04:18 What are some of the drivers for Families and Educators to do something different?

    00:08:55 Struggle between public and private school.

    00:18:37 What do you predict will happen with K-12 as the world changes?

    00:24:28 What will be the most successful model of school?

    00:28:44 What would you want to do next?

    00:33:54 If you could offer a metaphor comparing conventional school with Schoolhouse..?


    Parents want a school that reflects their family’s values and their community’s values. And when there’s none in that school, that’s I think when they start looking for alternatives like microshool, homeschooling.

    Unless public schools are able to adapt to some of the innovations, you’ll see a decline in the traditional public schools here in America as parents increasingly reach out to those different options.

    Social Links:

    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-connor-b6a96a16

    Twitter | https://twitter.com/josephjconnor and https://twitter.com/getschoolhouse

    Website | https://josephjconnor.com/ and https://www.getschoolhouse.com/

    • 38 min
    Catherine Fraise - Confident Learners

    Catherine Fraise - Confident Learners

    Catherine Fraise is the  Founder and President of 100 Roads, the Founder of Workspace Education, and WorkspaceSKY Teens. She has worked in education for 30 years.

    WorkspaceSKY Teens is a brand new destination for learning just for teens. Teens choose academics from anywhere, join an advisory and enjoy incredible social networking opportunities.

    100 Roads is a research-based 501c3 organization supporting the development of co learning communities globally.

    Workspace is a 32,000 sq ft Maker and co-working space designed to help families implement education their way, in a vibrant learning community. Parents can teach, bring in teachers and experts, or choose from a database of tutors and teachers, online classes and curriculums as well as a smorgasbord of classes that appeal to all kinds of learners.

    Check out their website for more information: www.workspaceeducation.org

    Key Takeaways:

    00: 01:43 Life Story

    00:17:40 Drastic move from Connecticut to Montana

    00:25:30 Can it take the place of regular school?

    00:35:49 In-Person Experiences and Kids’ Personality

    00:41:48 Social Life of Kids

    00:44:28: Comparing Workspace Education and Workspace Sky Teens with Conventional School

    00:57:09 Cath’s Personal Creativity Process


    I went into education because I wanted to reform it and change it.

    What we should be really looking for is engagement.

    Gen Z is the loneliest generation... if you want to conquer loneliness, you just really need one great friend.

    Any parent can actually teach.

    It’s not about the academic pathway, it’s about who they are, what they care about, and how they fully and authentically express themselves in the world.

    You have to trust yourself as a parent.

    Social Links:





    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-fraise-037361126/

    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/catherine.fraise.1

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Victoria Ransom - Founder & CEO of Prisma

    Victoria Ransom - Founder & CEO of Prisma

    Show Notes:

    Victoria Ransom is the founder and CEO of world's first co-learning network that fully replaces regular school. Prisma is an educational startup providing its own live learning platform for 4th-8th graders (approx. age 9-14). It is Learner-centric, self-paced, outcomes-driven, interdisciplinary, and hands-on. Beyond the reading write and arithmetic, learners also enjoy Clubs, service learning, family events, and more.

    Victoria is a homeschooling mother and lifelong entrepreneur. She was also the Founder & CEO of Wildfire, a social marketing software company, which she led to profitability in just one year and built to 400 employees. Wildfire was acquired by Google in 2012 for $450M. Victoria joined Google, leading Wildfire and later Google Express.

    Key Takeaways:

    00:25 What is Prisma all about?

    06:44 How are you able to bring the magic of in-person to online schooling?

    13:55 Three examples of amazing hand-on projects.

    18:46 What’s your prediction of where this is all going?

    26:44 How are your kids? What school are you choosing for them?

    28:02 Tell us about Synthesis.

    31:03 How do you find Coaches?

    34:31 If I’m a curious parent, how much is it and how many students?

    38:02 What’s your prediction on what learners will do from 9th to 12th graders?

    40:20 How are you making sure that your learners are getting enough exercise and physical movement and free play?

    42:35 Where are you geographically?

    45:10 What’s a metaphor to compare Prisma to Conventional School?


    It’s about working together to solve real-world challenges, discussion, collaboration and sharing ideas.

    We literally design a custom schedule for each kid.

    Give kids, especially 4-8 graders, some amount of scaffolding and not “do whatever you want” because that’s overwhelming to many kids.

    Will this suit everybody? No. But could it suit a lot of people. You get to have a flexible model where you could still do your schooling no matter where you're living and you get to connect with and get to know kids from all over the United States and all over the world.

    This is about preparing kids to thrive in their adult lives and to contribute to the world. It's not to get good test scores.

    Work is changing so much and so now school has to change to meet that.

    We are looking for people that are really, really good at building relationships with kids, really good at giving rich feedback - because we don't have grades at Prisma.

    Social Links:

    Twitter- https://twitter.com/victoria_ransom

    LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriaransom

    Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/joinprisma/

    Website- https://www.joinprisma.com

    • 52 min
    Tiersa McQueen - Unschooling and Conscious Parenting

    Tiersa McQueen - Unschooling and Conscious Parenting

    Tiersa McQueen is a full time working mother of four and a proud unschooler. She is a graduate of Howard University and works full-time in corporate retail as a Location Planner. She’s an advocate of Unschooling and Conscious Parenting.

    Check out Tiersa’s Twitter and YouTube Channel for great content and more insight on unschooling and self-directed education.

    Key Takeaways:

    00:00:18 Evolution Into Unschooling

    00:09:47 Advice to Parents

    00:16:57 The mindset of respecting children

    00:29:01 Raising independent and free children

    00:32:42 Benefits and opportunities for people of color and Black Parents who do Unschooling.

    00:38:28 Debunking the Myth: “I can never Homeschool because I am Not A Teacher”

    00:43:27 Deepening relationships with children


    “The unschooling philosophy was like learning by doing and having experiences.”

    “You have to figure out ways to live life and be in the world.”

    “Children understand why it would be necessary for them to know. And then they just do it on their own.”

    “Once children have the why, they learn so quickly.”

    “Children aren't as unreasonable as we think they are. They're more reasonable than we give them credit for.”

    “I didn't want to fall into the same trap that our boomer parents fell into, which was advising us for a future that didn't come, that didn't happen. A place that doesn't exist anymore.”

    “Children are going to evolve. I don't want to always focus on the future.”

    “Parents are the first teachers.”

    “Parenting is hard. You need people and there’s no way you’ll know everything.”

    Social Links:

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiersaj

    Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/mother_bae_i

    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9W1D9umDk05sMIO_gEFzw

    Books Mentioned:

    Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent by Iris Chen

    The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud

    Podcast Mentioned:

    Fare of the Free Child Podcast

    • 53 min
    Chrisman Frank - Gamification at Synthesis School

    Chrisman Frank - Gamification at Synthesis School

    Chrisman Frank is the co-founder and CEO of Synthesis, an enrichment club that teaches complex problem-solving and decision-making for kids 7 to 14 through online team games. His co-founder Josh Dahn developed the Synthesis concept while running Ad Astra, a small lab school he built for Elon Musk on the SpaceX campus.

    Before Synthesis, Chrisman was engineer #1 at ClassDojo, a K-12 network that reaches ~30 million teachers, students, and families every month.

    Key Takeaways:

    00:18 Why Children are the BEST

    03:21 Elevator Pitch for Synthesis School

    15:29 The Impact of Covid in Online Learning

    20:13 Learning Through a Game Design

    33:25 Synthesis and Jiu Jitsu


    “Kids crave complexity.”

    “Complex problems don't have right or wrong answers.”

    “Continue innovating. Give kids these unbounded complex problems, let them practice solving that and you learn the kind of meta skill of solving problems.”

    “The motto at Synthesis is Embrace the Chaos.”

    “I don't think the world is going to change less for our kids, when they grow up. I think it's going to change faster. The future will belong to people who are most rapidly able to adapt to change.”

    Social Links:

    Website - https://chrismanfrank.com/

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/chrismanfrank

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-frank-41b0743a/

    Synthesis School:

    Website - https://www.synthesis.is/

    • 40 min

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Exactly what I’m looking for!!

Thanks for helping parents learn about the new approaches to education! I’m new to homeschooling and lean toward unschooling. Every show reveals new innovations and ideas that I want to pursue more with my kids. Keep up the good work!

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