Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a nonprofit progressive micro-school in Washington State. With a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, she has an extensive understanding of the components needed to transform the education system.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the author of Creating Micro-Schools for Colorful Mismatched Kids: A Step-by-Step Process that Empowers Frustrated Parents to Innovate Education and has served as head of school and principal internationally in countries such as Kuwait, Hungary, and Ecuador. Weaving in a strong emphasis on service and leadership at each school, she has been an educational change agent across the globe. And now as founder of Education Evolution, she aims to disrupt the education climate as we know it to help ensure each child is seen, heard and valued and met where they are academically, socially and emotionally.
5:26 Hearing out the needs of our children and the role of micro-school in it.
8:51 Getting to know Maureen and how she got into this new movement towards Education.
13:48 Advice on how to deal with frustration in the midst of confusion with their children’s education’s sake.
18:25 Seven Steps to Innovative Education
31:21 Leadership Preparatory Academy as a Scrappy and Happy School
43:12 Hardest thing about Micro-Schooling
50:28 What metaphor describes Micro-Schooling?
Quotes:”We’re talking about adults, adults, adults, but I don’t feel like the kids are in the conversation as much as they should.” -Shannon “It’s (Micro school) just a chance to rethink education and make sure it’s working for our learners.” -Maureen “You definitely want to get really clear on your mission and you need a tribe.” -Maureen “You’re never gonna grow. You’re never going to improve if you never get starting.” -Maureen “Brains don’t learn sitting and being talked at, and most of the college classes are memorize and spit it back out again.” -Maureen
Class: Build Your Own Micro-School