How Endeavor Schools Quickly Created Virtual Classrooms for Thousands of Children

The coronavirus has forced millions of children around the country into an at-home, virtual learning environment. Under the guidance of its education experts, Endeavor Schools is offering students a rich and varied at-home curriculum, live and recorded online classes, and regularly scheduled one-on-one sessions with teachers for students and parents.

“Our goal is to do everything we can to create an effective, at-home learning environment that continues and advances the high-quality education students were receiving before the coronavirus school closures,” said Dr. Amy Brereton, the Vice President of Academics at Endeavor Schools.

Teachers across the Endeavor School network, which includes 53 schools in 12 states, are creating videos and hosting livestreams for student lessons. They create weekly lesson plans and follow-up with students and teachers throughout the week for personal instruction, work review, or just to answer questions students or teachers have.

In addition, teachers are also coordinating social time on Zoom so children can talk with their classmates, have a snack or eat lunch with each other. This offers children social time they might not get otherwise due to social distancing.

Unlike education at high school level and above, early childhood education isn’t commonly taught online. However, Endeavor Schools’ teachers and academic leaders have led a company-wide effort to create virtual classrooms that are effective and engaging for young children.

This effort includes the rapid creation of high-quality lesson plans, videos, and technical support for teachers to conduct online instruction. In addition, new schedules for lessons, weekly online parent-teacher conferences, as well as one-on-one instruction for students have all been created on short notice to ensure children do not miss out on their education.

One reason Endeavor Schools has been able to make the transition so quickly and effectively is because its teachers know their students well and understand what would be needed to transition to an at-home learning situation.

“It is truly remarkable that none of our teachers were trained to teach remotely, but when you love children, know them well, and understand their developmental needs, you can create something really beautiful that supports children in just the way they need,” said Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools.

Maintaining a Montessori Experience in a Virtual Classroom

Teachers at Foothills Montessori School in Henderson, Nevada greet children during an online class.

Montessori instruction normally relies on a hands-on, collaborative educational environment with limited screen time, which is difficult to maintain under the coronavirus circumstances. However, Endeavor Schools’ Montessori teachers have adjusted.

“We’re doing the best we can, and teachers are finding creative ways to make it fun,” said Karen Kolb and Kim Gallagher, the school leaders at Foothills Montessori School, where they serve 3 year olds through 8th graders in Henderson, Nevada.

One way to do that is by combining hands-on instruction with a virtual classroom.

Before schools closed around the country, Foothills Montessori School’s middle school class was supposed to dissect cow eyeballs to learn about anatomy and the nervous system. But instead of ditching the dissection, one Foothills Montessori School teacher sent the eyeballs to each student and conducted the dissection class online in real time. Students followed along and dissected at home.

Although a virtual classroom might normally go against Montessori ideals, the current situation might accommodate an important Montessori ideal, which is teaching children independence. Whether it’s a 3-year-old preparing a small meal for themselves or a 7th grader sticking to a strict study schedule without having to be reminded to do so, children are taking more responsibility for their education and, as a result, becoming more independent.

“Some parents have told me, ‘Oh my gosh. I can actually see my child becoming more independent by the day,’” Kolb said.

Supporting Parents and Educating Children

A teacher at Foothills Montessori talks to her students via video conferencing.

Many parents are experiencing additional stress in their lives due to the extra burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why Endeavor Schools is working to help alleviate some of that stress by providing a full-time education for children with a support network available for parents who have any questions about helping their child learn at home.

Teachers at Foothills Montessori School, and other schools within the Endeavor School family, make sure to maintain lines of communication with parents by scheduling conferences via Zoom, Facetime, or just over the phone. Kolb says one of the keys here is to be proactive and reach out to parents whenever possible to ensure that they know support is available and their children’s teachers are still there to help.

“We’re making sure we can make their life easier,” Kolb said.

Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools, points out that teachers are also doing what they can to prevent parents from feeling overwhelmed because that can add stress to children’s lives, too.

“This is a time of huge stresses for parents and children pick up on that,” Lanou said. “The last thing that we want to do is to add more stress on them during this time. We offer them a loose schedule that mimics what the child’s day might be like at school and offer them activities they can do within the course of a week. We encourage free play time and independent exploration for learning, as well.”

“Lots of self-care is important,” Kolb added. “Putting things and tasks on the list like taking a walk, getting outdoors, taking brain breaks. Both adults and children need them.”

“I think it’s important to remember that this is a health crisis, not an educational crisis,” Lanou said. “All of us – children, parents, and teachers – have been taken out of our elements. How children feel during this time is what will stick with them. We need to keep that in mind.”

Endeavor Schools Expands to Virginia with Acquisition of Kiddie Country

Endeavor Schools has expanded into Virginia with the acquisition of Kiddie Country Developmental Learning Center, one of the commonwealth’s top private schools for preschool and kindergarten education.

With the addition of Kiddie Country, Endeavor Schools now operates 51 schools in 12 states, where the company provides high-quality education to children and continues the legacy and relationships of local school owners to the communities they have served.

Located in Burke, Virginia, Kiddie Country Developmental Learning Center has been a staple of the suburban Fairfax community since its founding in 1979. The award-winning school offers full-time preschool and kindergarten programs, as well as before and after-school programs for children up to sixth grade.

“Kiddie Country built its stellar reputation through a steadfast dedication to early childhood education that has created excellent results for 40 years,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “We look forward to working with the Kiddie Country staff to help maintain their excellent standards.”

Focused on the development of young children, the Kiddie Country curriculum draws from groundbreaking thought leaders like Jean Piaget, best known for his research on child cognitive development, as well as current research on how children learn. Their exploratory, hands-on approach to learning addresses five crucial developmental needs of the child: physical; emotional; social; creative; and intellectual.

This education method enables children to find an effective balance between joyful play and inspired inquiry that develops children’s intellectual curiosity, cognitive resilience, motor skills, and social character.

“Kiddie Country’s curriculum recognizes that the most effective way to educate children requires a respectful and joyful approach that harnesses children’s interests, celebrates their questions, and encourages their desire to understand the world around them,” said Dr. Amy Brereton, Endeavor Schools’ Vice President of Academics. “By addressing each of a child’s developmental needs through a multi-faceted approach, teachers give students a holistic education that builds knowledge, skills and a love for learning.”

With the acquisition of Kiddie Country, Endeavor Schools is continuing its rapid growth in the private school market. Last month, the company announced the acquisition of its 50th school and recently launched its employer-sponsored childcare and education services for large companies.

“As our company grows, so does our focus on providing the best educational services for children,” Campo said. “There’s nothing more important than caring for our children.”

From Student at Cambridge University to VP for Academics at Endeavor Schools, Dr. Amy Brereton Has Championed Working Mothers for Years

This year, St. Edmund’s College, one of Cambridge University’s 31 colleges, celebrated its 50th year of admitting women by honoring 50 St. Edmund’s women who have studied or taught at the college. One of those women is Dr. Amy Brereton, the Vice President for Academics at Endeavor Schools, who was recognized for her research exploring young children’s perspectives of school, how they evaluate their own progress as learners, and her work to improve support networks for working mothers at the university.

Dr. Brereton’s connections to Cambridge run deep. After graduating from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she matriculated to Cambridge University in 2001 for graduate study in Educational Research, obtaining both an MPhil and a PhD. In addition to her studies, she was a Woman’s Officer at the university and promoted support networks and programs for female students balancing motherhood and scholarship.

‘Working mothers have the drive’

Dr. Brereton experienced what it was like to be a working mother at Cambridge University herself when she returned in 2010 for post-doctoral research and was five months pregnant with twins. Working on a research project with Dr. Lani Florian, a world class scholar who developed the concept of inclusive pedagogy, a method of teaching that promotes inclusivity to heighten academic achievement of all children in a learning community, Dr. Brereton had a simple list of priorities.

“Deliver babies, keep babies alive and collect data,” Brereton said.

But the simplicity was deceptive because the physical toll was great. Once her twins were born, it was not easy to care for two new babies while working on a demanding research project that required collecting data at preschools in England and Scotland, in addition to conducting literature reviews at the University Library. The physical toll caused Dr. Brereton to question whether she would be able to complete the academic work she traveled all the way to Britain to conduct. Sitting in Dr. Florian’s home, Dr. Brereton admitted her self-doubts.

“I don’t know if I can do this,” she said. “I’m only sleeping two to four hours a night. How am I ever going to give you the quality of work I want to give you?”

“The question is: ‘Do you want to do the work?’” the professor asked.

“Yes,” Brereton replied.

“Then I think you will find a way because I have found that working mothers have the drive and stamina to deliver excellent results,” Dr. Florian said.

At that point, it had only been 40 years since Cambridge University allowed women. But Dr. Florian pointed to the numerous examples of women who simultaneously succeeded in scholarship and motherhood. It was difficult, but they persevered and paved the way for future women.

“Many women in history gave up a lot, so that you wouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other,” Dr. Florian said.

Looking back, Dr. Brereton said that moment in Dr. Florian’s home made a lasting impact.

“I realized I had a choice,” Dr. Brereton said. “With the right support, I could choose to work if I wanted to.”

Finding Balance at Endeavor Schools

After becoming a mother, Dr. Brereton became more efficient with her time.

“Prior to having children, I was able to work 12 hours straight and think about nothing but work, which I thought was a positive thing because long hours meant hard work,” she said. “The way I think about work now, as a mother, makes me work smarter.”

Brereton added: “I don’t work for the long spans of time like I used to, but I work smarter, which has made my work better. I’m more focused because I know that if I waste any time during work hours, it will come out of my family time later.”

Endeavor Schools manages 50 schools across the country, including approximately 1,500 teachers and teaching assistants. As the Vice President for Academics at Endeavor Schools, Brereton oversees the curricula for each of its schools. Managing a demanding career while raising a family can be challenging, but Dr. Brereton said Endeavor Schools has a company culture that supports working mothers.

A Supportive Work Environment for Women and Working Mothers

When Dr. Brereton was a Woman’s Officer at Cambridge University, she worked hard to build and expand programs that improve student quality of life for women. Knowing how important that work was left an impression on her, which is one reason she is proud of the work culture that Endeavor Schools has created.

Approximately 95 percent of Endeavor Schools’ employees are women and the company puts great effort into supporting women in the workplace, such as offering competitive pay, development programs and opportunities for advancement.

Danielle Millman, the Chief Operations Officer at Endeavor Schools, said the work of women should always be held in high esteem and compensated accordingly, especially in the education field.

“When it comes to early childhood education, women are the driving force.” Millman said. “We acknowledge the importance of women and hold them up as professionals and experts in education. We invest in our educators and want to ensure they are well cared for, compensated, continually developed, and given plenty of opportunities for advancement.”

In addition to having a 95 percent women workforce, 98 percent of leadership positions at individual schools, including Regional Directors, School Leaders and Assistant School Leaders, are held by women.

With her experiences as a Women’s Officer and working mother at Cambridge University shaping her outlook on workplace situations for women, Dr. Brereton said she couldn’t be prouder to work at Endeavor Schools.

“Endeavor Schools was founded in 2012 and already has a strong track record of equity in pay and leadership,” she said. “This company is solid proof that equity can be accomplished if the success of women is a priority. And at Endeavor Schools, women are a priority.”

Endeavor Schools Welcomes Leading California Montessori School

Endeavor Schools, a leading education management company, has expanded its presence in Southern California with the acquisition of Laguna Niguel Montessori Center, a staple of the local community for 25 years.

With Laguna Niguel, Endeavor adds its third school in California and continues to expand its presence on the West Coast. The acquisition continues Endeavor’s commitment to serving families via high-quality educational offerings.

“Our goal is to partner with educators that are dedicated to providing children with high-quality education programs and Laguna Niguel Montessori Center embodies that in every way,” said Endeavor Schools Founder and CEO Ricardo Campo. “We’re honored to have them join our family and to be a part of the wonderful Laguna Niguel community.”

Debbie McLane, the School Leader of Laguna Niguel since she founded the school in 1995, said she is looking forward to working with Endeavor to continue to provide the kind of unique and effective education that had made Laguna Niguel successful for so many years.

“After operating our Montessori school since 1995, it became clear that partnering with a larger entity could help us get to the next level and Endeavor Schools fits that bill,” McLane said. “Endeavor’s philosophy aligns perfectly with the mission we’ve always held close to our hearts, which is helping children joyously reach their maximum potential. Endeavor Schools has put into place a very impressive support system to benefit not only the students, but the educators as well. I’m looking forward to many years growing and developing our school.”

Serving children between the ages of 2 and lower elementary, Laguna Niguel has a team of experienced and certified Montessori teachers who expertly guide children on an educational journey that develops their coordination, concentration and independence. Inspired by the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, Laguna Niguel’s curriculum is focused on teaching children how to foster independent learning and to think critically about what they learn.

In addition to its stellar education program, Laguna Niguel offers a beautiful campus with large, colorful classrooms designed for multiage groups and classic Montessori materials to enhance student-focused learning to encourage students to become active seekers of knowledge.

Endeavor Schools operates two more Montessori schools in California: Kinderhouse Montessori School in San Diego and Montessori American School in Chula Vista. With the addition of Laguna Niguel, the Miami-based company now oversees 50 schools across 11 states.

About Endeavor Schools

Endeavor Schools is a leading education management company with a family of unique, well-established private schools that serve as pillars to their respective communities in a growing number of markets across the US. Each of the company’s schools subscribe to proven, research-based curricula that is delivered by seasoned educators and are encouraged to embrace their own uniqueness and tradition. Endeavor Schools supports academic excellence by providing robust tools and resources to help each school thrive.

Founded in 2012, Endeavor Schools is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.endeavorschools.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.

Endeavor Schools Enters Charleston Market with Acquisition of Children’s Discovery Center

Endeavor Schools, a leading education management company, has expanded to the Charleston, South Carolina area with the acquisition of Children’s Discovery Center in Mount Pleasant.

CDC has two campuses in the beautiful Charleston suburb and will continue to offer the community high-quality early education based on the Reggio Emilia method, a widely-renowned pedagogical philosophy that encourages to learn through self-expression and problem-solving.

CDC provides day programs for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten students that help develop their intellectual and social skills while fostering physical and emotional growth. For several years, CDC has been a top choice for Mount Pleasant families because of its team of highly-trained educators with vast experience in early childhood education.

In addition to a proven track record of educating students through the celebrated Reggio approach, CDC offers an age-appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Math) curriculum that engages young minds and sparks creativity and ingenuity.

“CDC offers an innovative and exceptional education that prepares students for their academic future,” said Paul DiObilda, the Chief Marketing Officer of Endeavor Schools. “Working together with CDC and its excellent teaching staff, we will continue to build on their longstanding success as the premier early childhood education center in the Charleston area.”

In addition to its high-quality education, the CDC boasts two stunning campuses. The Venning Road location is in a beautiful 12,000 square foot building with museum-quality exhibits and a large outdoor play area. The Park West location has beautiful colonial revival architectural designs with innovative classrooms, including an interactive discovery room with a complete replica of Charleston’s famous Ravenel Bridge.

“CDC’s campuses are places where students love to be and that makes parents feel good about bringing their child there every morning,” said Kelly Byrd, the Regional Director of Operations for Endeavor Schools. “We strongly believe an inspiring environment facilitates learning and CDC proves that to be true.”

CDC is accepting applications for enrollment at Park West and there is a waitlist for Venning Road. For more information and to book a tour, visit https://www.childrensdiscoverycentersc.com/. You may also call CDC at Venning Road at (843) 388-6700, or call CDC at Park West at (843) 936-3099.

About Endeavor Schools

Endeavor Schools is a leading education management company with a family of unique, well-established private schools that serve as pillars to their respective communities in a growing number of markets across the US. Each school subscribes to proven, research-based curricula that is delivered by seasoned educators and is encouraged to embrace their own uniqueness and traditions. Endeavor Schools supports academic excellence by providing robust tools and resources to help each school thrive.

Founded in 2012, Endeavor Schools is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.endeavorschools.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.

Endeavor Schools Expands in Atlanta with Two New Schools

Endeavor Schools, a leading education management company, is proud to announce the opening of two schools in the Atlanta area: Endeavor Montessori at Dunwoody and Atlanta Montessori International School at Druid Hills.

Endeavor Montessori serves children between 6 weeks and 6th grade with a modernized and holistic approach to Montessori by integrating the celebrated educational philosophy with a curated movement program, outdoor learning and an age-appropriate, STEM-based curriculum. Digital tools are kept to a minimum for children under 5 and primary school students explore technology-focused subjects, such as coding and robotics, to gain a deeper understanding of how the machines around us work.

Students at Endeavor Montessori also benefit from its Global Languages program, which exposes them to at least two foreign languages. Spanish is required and students have the option of learning Mandarin, Hindi, or Portuguese. The school’s staff includes teachers who are native speakers in all languages offered and some classes are taught entirely in the foreign language for an immersive educational experience.

“Our goal is to provide an education that prepares children for the complexity of the world, while also showing them how beautiful and interesting that complexity can be,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “Endeavor Montessori will provide an education that enables children to adapt to change and embrace new challenges with a growth mindset.”

Endeavor Schools is also excited to announce the grand opening of Atlanta Montessori International School in Druid Hills. After acquiring AMIS Cliff Valley in 2014, Endeavor has expanded the well-known and respected school by opening a new location in the Lowenstein House, a historic, renovated mansion on South Ponce De Leon Avenue.

AMIS Druid Hills continues the success of AMIS Cliff Valley with a talented and experienced staff that is highly trained in the Montessori curriculum. The school provides a Young Children’s Community for children between the ages of 8 weeks and 36 months, as well as a high-quality primary education program for children between the ages of 3 years and 6 years.

“Atlanta Montessori International School has a wonderful history and we were presented with an exceptional opportunity to add a sister school in a beautiful location,” said Danielle Millman, the COO of Endeavor Schools. “We know students at Druid Hills will receive an amazing foundation that will not only enrich their lives but also prepare them to be successful world citizens in the future.”

Endeavor Montessori and AMIS Druid Hills are both currently open and accepting for enrollment, and parents are welcome to take a tour of the new campuses.

For more information about Endeavor Montessori, visit www.endeavormontessori.com or call 770-637-4644.

For more information about AMIS Druid Hills, visit www.amischool.com or call (404) 500-0501.

About Endeavor Schools

Endeavor Schools is a leading education management company with a family of unique, well-established private schools that serve as pillars to their respective communities in a growing number of markets across the US. Each school subscribes to proven, research-based curricula that is delivered by seasoned educators, and is encouraged to embrace their own uniqueness and tradition. Endeavor Schools supports academic excellence by providing robust tools and resources to help each school thrive.

Founded in 2012, Endeavor Schools is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.endeavorschools.com and follow the company on LinkedIn

Endeavor Welcomes its First School in Maryland, Starmaker School

Endeavor Schools, a leading education management company, expanded its East Coast presence with the addition of Starmaker School, a Montessori-based academy in California, Maryland. Starmaker has been a part of the Chesapeake Bay community for 25 years and has a variety of programs for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years.

“Starmaker School has built a solid reputation as a place where children can learn and grow in a positive and enriching environment built on Montessori principles,” said Ricardo Campo, CEO of Endeavor Schools. “We are pleased to welcome Starmaker School to our family and are honored to be a part of its community.”

Established in 1994, Starmaker School has offered Montessori-based programs that encourage a child’s natural curiosity and instill a love of learning. By using a “whole child” approach, Starmaker has become a place where parents know their children experience positivity while learning confidence and independence.

“We look forward to continuing Starmaker’s tradition of providing a quality education that allows children to discover their interests and cultivating their talents,” said Endeavor Schools COO Danielle Millman. “Starmaker has a stellar team of Montessori-trained educators and we are grateful to be working with them.”

Using the Montessori curriculum and philosophy throughout their programs, Starmaker’s curriculum is designed to nurture children at each stage of their development, beginning at the infant stage and continuing through the elementary school years. In addition, Starmaker offers full-time summer programs for children up to 13 years old.

Starmaker is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care (MSDE OCC).

For more information about Starmaker School, call 301-863-7740 or visit https://starmakerschool.org/.

About Endeavor Schools

Endeavor Schools is a leading education management company with a family of unique, well-established private schools that serve as pillars to their respective communities in a growing number of markets across the US. Each school subscribes to proven, research-based curricula that is delivered by seasoned educators, and is encouraged to embrace their own uniqueness and tradition. Endeavor Schools supports academic excellence by providing additional tools and resources to help each school thrive.

Founded in 2012, Endeavor Schools is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.endeavorschools.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.

Endeavor Schools welcomes its newest school in Alpharetta, Georgia, Oak Grove Academy

Endeavor Schools, a leading education management company, welcomes its newest school, Oak Grove Academy. With a large presence in the State of Georgia already, Endeavor Schools is pleased to add another school to its network. Since 1998, Oak Grove Academy has maintained its excellence and dedication in providing education for children from the age of infancy through kindergarten. Oak Grove Academy offers various programs including STREAM, after school, and summer camp.

Oak Grove Academy’s mission is to provide children with the foundation to develop confidence and achieve academic success, so they reach their full potential in becoming outstanding and responsible citizens. The faculty and educators give the utmost importance to the individuality of each child. The curriculum and learning environments cater to multi-dimensional experiences that students have the freedom to choose from. The Four C’s of 21st Century Learning are always implemented in their classrooms and taken into consideration – critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Year after year, Oak Grove Academy has been named “Preschool of the Year” in North Atlanta. Oak Grove prides itself specifically in having a diverse staff from all over the globe. “We are thrilled to continue expanding our greater Atlanta presence with the addition of Oak Grove Academy. This is a wonderful school with a passionate staff who are aligned with Endeavor’s overall mission in helping the children we serve thrive. We are proud to support the school through a significant facility update and remodel in the first year with us.” said Danielle Millman, Chief Operations Officer.

What sets Oak Grove Academy apart is how it approaches content areas within their curriculum. They understand that children draw upon multiple content areas and skillsets when solving problems. Oak Grove utilizes an interdisciplinary curriculum also referred to as STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, the Arts and Math). For example, instead of separating science out in isolation, it is explored right along with math, utilizing the arts, technology, and engineering. And, as science is explored, reading and writing is introduced. Dr. Amy Brereton, Vice President for Academics, explains that “in today’s society, it is becoming increasingly important to include an interdisciplinary curriculum that is rooted in children’s questions and observations. When children learn at a young age that they are capable of asking big questions and working in collaboration with peers and teachers to explore these questions using an interdisciplinary approach, they identify themselves as people capable of using an array of intellectual, social and technical tools to solve real problems. They become aware of their own intellectual and social power and how to use these powers in positive ways from the youngest age.”

Oak Grove Academy is also known for its fun-filled summer program. At Oak Grove Academy’s Summer Camp, children have a variety of activities to participate in – from individual and group sports, to arts and crafts, to field trips and private movie screenings. The summer programs are available for children ages 4-12 years old.

At Oak Grove Academy, the safety of the students is a top priority. The campus is securely fenced, and the entrance to the school is monitored electronically. All classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art cameras that are accessible for parents to view in real-time through an encrypted phone app.

For more information about Oak Grove Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia, please visit www.oakgroveacademy.org.

 

About Endeavor Schools

Endeavor Schools is a leading education management company with a family of unique, well-established private schools that serve as pillars to their respective communities in a growing number of markets across the US. Each school subscribes to proven, research-based curricula that is delivered by seasoned educators, and is encouraged to embrace their own uniqueness and tradition. Endeavor Schools supports academic excellence by providing additional tools and resources to help each school thrive.

Founded in 2012, Endeavor Schools is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.endeavorschools.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Below please find the welcome message shared with our School Leaders today on our company call by our CEO, Ricardo Campo:

As we kick off a new school year, I want to take a moment to honor each of you.  As you know, our core values spell out “RESPECT.”  I want to thank each of your for embracing this pillar and recognize the RESPECT we as a team have for the children and families we serve, for our profession and for each other.  This RESPECT is what has fueled our drive to continue to grow and improve.  Many of you know that I’m a fan of professor Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, and many of you have read the book.  One of my favorite quotes from that book is “Becoming is Better than Being.”  We here are all passionate about education and about unleashing individual potential.  We have been given a special gift – a PURPOSE.  We have an opportunity to be the spark the children we serve need to become lifelong learners.  We also have the opportunity to be that spark for each other.  So, let’s embrace this journey that we are on together; let’s embrace the notion of “Becoming.”  Let’s celebrate that our purpose does not have a shelf life – because when it comes to our potential to continue to grow, there is no finish line!

So, as we kick off this new school year, I want to invite all of us to embrace our values, and to continue to let RESPECT be what guides our interactions with all of our stakeholders.  And, I’d like to invite you to set lofty goals for yourselves, for your schools, and for your teams.  Let’s encourage each other to Dream Big.  Let’s help each other achieve these dreams.  I’m so excited to hear about your goals and aspirations for this school year!

Endeavor Educators and Leaders Present at Renowned Academic Conference

Several of Endeavor Schools’ educators and school leaders attended the annual Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Conference in Orlando this March. Endeavor Schools is proud of its teachers and school leaders for presenting at the conference alongside other esteemed professionals in the education sector on topics such as leadership, tinkering and STEM.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Embracing the Joy,” focusing on effective and innovative ways to “impact children to create and maintain joy as they become lifelong learners.” This is a concept that Endeavor Schools has always supported. For over 70 years, SECA has been dedicated to bringing together early childhood education professionals, administrators, caregivers and program directors to promote high-quality education and care for young children.

Regional Director of Endeavor Schools, Sarah Braisted, and two School Leaders from Creative Child Learning Center, Kristy Pomper and Jessica Rosario, shared their input on the various challenges first-time school leaders may face. They discussed how to gain the respect and trust necessary to run healthy and successful schools, and shared leadership stories and lessons learned from their own struggles and achievements as new leaders. All three of these exceptional educators did a stellar job of providing participants with a rich toolbox of strategies pertaining to multitasking, gaining trust and becoming a leader who others want to follow.

School Leader Ana Parra of Cranium Academy of East Orlando, as well as school teachers Kaitlin Brosnan and Rosa Acevedo from Cranium Academy of Winter Garden and Palm Harbor Montessori Academy respectively, presented during the session on tinkering and STEM. They discussed the value of tinkering in terms of ‘soft skills’ and STEM development, as well as how tinkering could be used in an educational context to further joy and deep learning. They also suggested ways to increase opportunities for STEM development in schools, and how to integrate tinkering into curriculum and teaching practices. These outstanding school leaders and educators did a wonderful job sharing effective strategies that they have used to overcome challenges faced throughout the implementation process. They also discussed how they have been able to successfully partner with children and families to bring STEM and tinkering to the forefront.

Endeavor Schools would like to recognize Dr. Amy Brereton, Vice President of Academics, for providing her sound guidance and input on both SECA presentations. The SECA Conference is one of several conferences that Endeavor Schools encourages educators and school leaders to attend. At the annual NAECY conference in November 2018, many of our educators and school leaders in attendance learned about how technology can be used in the classroom at appropriate levels. Participating in these conferences is part of our continuous dedication to expand our knowledge in the industry, and share our skills and experiences with others.