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Reimagining Education

A blog about pushing past the status quo in how we school our youth. Honest, data-backed, stakeholder-driven, and relentlessly committed to kids. 

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SPIRE Journalism Fellows and 9th grade Will Rogers High School students, David Sinclair and Michelle Olmedo, had the opportunity to interview Kathy Taylor, a panelist in Tulsa Debate League's upcoming event "Debating Educational Equity". The event takes place Friday, May 11 at 6:15 PM at the Lorton Performance Center and features student debaters and community leaders Ray Owens, Nancy McDonald, an...

November 21, 2017

Leah Blevins is pink-haired and bright-lipped, with a sweet voice and a permanent smile. She is gentle and warm - has the kind of presence that puts anyone at ease. You would never know that Leah has experienced what many adults never will.

At 18 years old, she found herself pregnant and alone. She'd dropped out of high school and it seemed her story had been written - that she was destined for a l...

October 15, 2017

Rightfully, community leaders and educators around the country have turned their focus and dollars to programs that support early childhood development. We have learned the architecture of the brain - the circuits and neural connections - is established in the first few years of a child’s life and reinforced as he grows older. It’s this architecture that “provides the foundation for all future lea...

August 6, 2017

I can’t lie. I was nervous about having 11 days to coach 10 kids into creating a book full of professional-grade photographs and an in-depth story profiling a significant moment in their lives.

But as I began to put together the layouts for each spread, filling in the spaces with their pictures and with the stories they’d written, I was amazed at what they were able to create.

Leah, a young mom of a...

The greatest praise a person can grant another is that of admiration. The joyous admission that someone else has a quality, habit, ability, worldview, or capacity that we venerate. It’s a wonderful feeling to admire. Because although it may take days, or weeks, or years to grow, it takes a single moment of genuine attention to bloom. A flash of brilliance that we’ve caught, a confluence of the inc...

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