The Workspace Model for Education
Your family will Workspace in its own way. You will take components of our model and build an educational structure that is unique within our community and just right for you. Your Workspacian styling will be driven not only by goals related to educational outcomes (e.g. my child wants to get into Harvard or write the next Hamilton), but also by what you will do with more freedom and flexibility in your family life (Visiting the national parks, off-peak!).
Workspace Education founder, Cath Fraise, was unbound in crafting an optimal learning model. As a result, it shatters a paradigm that almost everyone has heavily relied on and experienced deeply. Fortunately, we live in an exciting age of disruption. Powerful computing and communication is firmly in the palms of our hands, alternative energies are soon-to-be mainstream, and artificial intelligence is poised to reshape the workforce. Innovating a model for education that was designed at the turn of the 20th century is a natural trend for the times. And, Workspace is at the leading edge of the movement.
Below, is the blueprint of education at Workspace. It will help you work out our model from the ground up, and allow you to start to envision how education flows at our facility. But, this description is neither dynamic nor in-depth. Consider it a first step in wrapping your head around the model. The next step is scheduling a tour an experiencing Workspace first-hand.
- Unless your child is enrolled in Golden Arrow or Acton Academy, a parent accompanies his/her children to Workspace. The days and times you are here are entirely up to you.
- Once a child is age 16 and proven to be self-direct, he/she can come to Workspace on his/her own.
- Imagine a Google office for kids. Workspace is a state-of-the-art creative sandbox.
- The spaces are irresistible. Kids can’t help but engage with each other and the embedded technologies in every room. This heightens collaboration, stretches imaginations, and invites the inspiration for enormous projects.
- With the help of our staff, parents select proven curriculums for foundational literacies that align with children’s individual learning styles and other family needs or preferences. Curriculums can be online or offline and fall on a spectrum ranging parent-directed to fully facilitated.
- Regardless of their chosen depth of involvement in the educating process, parents are here to assess and cheer on student progress, identify opportunities to take learning further, and recognize the need to adjust or refine a learning approach.
- Parents design their children’s Workspace schedules. They join with other parents to form small groups of similar learners to share tutoring times (and expenses). And, they select from classes and courses already available at Workspace.
- When a child has an interest in learning something not currently offered, a parent will gauge interest in the community, bring in the teaching talent, and start a new class.
- Because curriculums are individualized and learning is fortified in settings with small educator/student ratios, foundational literacies are acquired more efficiently. This opens up time for meaningful coursework designed around real-world problem solving, integrating disciplines and applying foundational skills.
- The Workspace day is also deeply enriched with wide-ranging classes from the fine and performing arts to robotics and from mindfulness to study skills best practices.
- Student passions are unearthed and explored on a day-to-day basis and barriers to learning are addressed in real-time to maintain momentum and boost growth.
- The community is made up of parents, students, staff, tutors, specialists and networked professionals who are motivated and energized by being part of the learning revolution.
- All educators walk through our front door intent on making an impact on Workspace students. These talented individuals have been sought out because they are dissatisfied with the status quo of mainstream education. They are thrilled to be a member of a community where they can leave the trappings of the classroom behind, and use creative methods to spark curiosity and take learning to the next level.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti, philosopher, teacher, writer.