The Workspace Model for Education
In the Workspace model, every family creates their own way of learning within our co-learning community. Your family will build an educational structure that is just right for you, using components (such as courses or facilities) that our team and families have developed and your own content as well. Your Workspace way will be driven by your goals, be they related to educational outcomes (e.g. my child wants to get into Harvard or write the next Hamilton) or to any other needs in your family life (Visiting the national parks, off-peak!).
Cath Fraise is the founder of Workspace Education. She has an extensive educational background, with both public school and Montessori experience. Dissatisfied with the status quo, she started to imagine what the ideal learning environment would be, and she designed a model that can be optimized for every child through personalization. Workspace shatters the educational paradigm by being four things that the outdated model is not: Learner-centered, family-directed, personalized, and project/competency-based.
We live in an age of disruption. We hold powerful computers in the palms of our hands, communication is instantaneous, and artificial intelligence is changing everything from the workplace to the way we order pizza. But education remains the same as it was in the Nineteenth Century and is due for its own disruption. Workspace Education is at the leading edge of that disruptive movement.
Here is more about our model, our community and our facility. Consider it a first step in getting to know us. The next step is scheduling a tour and experiencing Workspace first-hand.
- Imagine a Googleplex for kids. Workspace is a state-of-the-art creative sandbox with cutting-edge technology and spaces designed for building and built for designers.
- The architectural design promotes engagement and collaboration, helping children learn how to work together, a key for success in the future of work.
- The workspaces are also playspaces, so that learners are free to move and explore, stretching imaginations, improving health and well-being and inspiring enormous projects.
- Parents and our staff co-create curriculums that align with children’s individual learning styles. Curriculums can be online or offline and include anything from foundational literacies to whatever makes your child tick.
- Children and parents Workspace together (unless your child is enrolled in Acton Academy). Parents encourage and guide learning, assess progress and constantly fine-tune the pathway.
- Once a child is age 16 and self-directed, they can learn at Workspace on their own.
- Your schedule, your courses, your pathways are entirely up to you. Parents join with other parents to create their own coursework, or select from the over 115 classes and courses already available at Workspace.
- Personalized learning and low educator/learner ratios help learners acquire foundational literacies more efficiently. This opens up free time for learning using real-world problem solving, co-learning, entrepreneurialism, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Workspace has a deep and rich curriculum with classes from the culinary arts and fine arts and performing arts to robotics, from mindfulness to fencing, allowing learners to pursue their passions and live their dreams.
- We are proud of how co-learning helps our community work so well together, and the support we provide each other.
- Our educators joined Workspace because they are dissatisfied with the educational status quo, and are excited to be part of a community where they can use creative methods to take learning to the next level. They came here to make a positive impact on our learners, and they do so every day.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti, philosopher, teacher, writer.