Who Should Open a Micro-School?

By Jade Rivera

Every day, more and more families realize that school as we know it is not made for their child.

It was not made for children with brains that work differently from most.

It was not made for children with a drive to learn on their own terms, in their own time.  

It was not made for those with life-threatening allergies or physical differences.

It was not made for children with non-white skin.

It was not made for those near the poverty line.

And if your child has multiple of these traits, school is likely to become your worst nightmare. In general, the popular concept of school is made only for those who fit within a strict margin of “normal.” If your child doesn’t operate within that margin, then you are blamed. You need to be fixed, cut down to size, or molded into an ideal. The contortion required to fit in is often painful and embarrassing. microschool

Fortunately, families are becoming increasingly aware that they can ditch the negative school environment and provide their child with a higher-quality education through a micro-school. Since the release of my GHF Press book, Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget, the number of articles about and inquiries into micro-schools has more than doubled.

People wonder what a micro-school is and how they can find one for their child.

Simply put, a micro-school is a small, independent school designed for children who need a flexible and personalized learning environment. An internet search or short conversation with an educational consultant will likely lead you to one near your family.

While the number of new micro-schools grows rapidly, an increasing number of families are beginning to think, “Hey, I think we’d be pretty good at leading a micro-school ourselves!”

If that’s you, you’re in luck! I’m here to help you bring your vision to life, with the Build Your Micro-School Summer Institute. Now in its second year, the institute is open for enrollment.

The entire course, from beginning to end was insightful and valuable! Jade is fantastic—eager to collaborate, experienced with neurodiversity, and profoundly insightful when it comes to learning. She is a tremendous resource and a compassionate encourager. ~Jena Names, California, 2016 participantmicroschool

A three-month online course, The Build Your Micro-School Summer Institute is packed with guidance and information on creating your own innovative learning environment. Each week, I’ll host live calls with instructions, information, and hands-on help for each participant, plus I’ll offer additional monthly open office hours. Together, we’ll set goals and create lists of outlined action steps. You’ll have lifetime, 24/7 access to a community of peers who share your dream.

We’ll work through nine detailed and directive modules designed to help you:

  • Understand what your time and cost commitment will be
  • Develop a system to delegate responsibilities
  • Curate curriculum and resources in a way that works for your budget
  • Find your community through GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and other outlets.

With enrollment capped at just 10 participants, every participant gets personalized attention. Head over to buildyourmicroschool.com to learn more. Enrollment is open now.

If you like what you read, sign up to join our launch party! Learn how to outline your own personal education philosophy, what a micro-school is and whether it’s appropriate for your family, how to create a community of families with similar struggles and needs, and so much more.

If you join us live, you get free coaching from me. If your child is struggling in school, you don’t want to miss this!

If you click on the link and sign up, you’ll get:

  • Access to the 4 free live webinars (see the details if you click on the link)
  • Access to a community of families who are dealing with the same issues as yours
  • An opportunity for free coaching with me

The micro-schooling movement is gaining traction. Join us!

Jade Rivera is an educator, writer, and coach who specializes in designing innovative learning environments for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. Jade’s training in nonviolent communication and her Montessori credential inspire her educational philosophies and practices. Jade also consults with families and educators through coaching, speaking and workshops to discuss the characteristics of neurodiverse children and how to develop strategies that best serve their education and social-emotional development. She teaches chemistry classes for GHF Online, is a GHF Ambassador , and is the author of Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget from GHF Press.

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