Blyth-Templeton Academy Headed to SXSWedu 2017

Submitted by sarah on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:04
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We are pleased to announce that Blyth-Templeton Academy Co-Founder and Director Temp Keller will be speaking at the SXSWedu 2017 Conference and Festival on a panel discussing the micro school model.

Bringing together over 13,000 people including teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and thought leaders in education, SXSWedu “fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.”

Joining Keller on the panel will be Elliot Sanchez with Unlearn Education and 4.0 Schools Founder and CEO Matt Candler.

The conference is not until March, but we’ll be sure to share updates as we can and would like say a big, “Thank you!” to those who voted and helped to spread the word.

Here’s a peek at the panel’s title and description:

 “A New School Model? Will it last?”

For decades, most college prep private schools have been elusive to the middle class, requiring financial sacrifice for families. Over the past few years a new model has emerged – one that offers a high-quality and academically rigorous experience but at half the cost. These schools – sometimes called “micro schools” – are often smaller, employ experiential learning models, and lean on technology to help them deliver a student-centered education that is customizable to meet individual needs. This panel will take you through what this model looks like in practice, explore whether it is sustainable, and discuss the potential impact of these new schools on American education as a whole.

Attendees will walk away able to:

  1. Define “micro school” and understand the variations among this emerging category in education.
  2. Weigh pros and cons of the micro-school model in terms of financial sustainability, scale, academic quality, and access for underserved families.
  3. Compare the impact of this trend on existing models (e.g. private preparatory schools, parochial schools, charter schools, homeschools, etc.).

Congrats Temp! We’re looking forward to the panel next Spring!