The "Why" Behind Templeton Academy Nashville

motivating teens, skills for the future, Nashville

In addition to this blog, Kalee also spoke to New in Nashville podcast host, Elam Freeman, about the founding of Templeton Academy in Nashville. In their conversation she discusses her background in experiential and innovative education. They also discuss Templeton Academy's unique model and how it fits into the Nashville educational landscape. If you are an urban living proponent or you are looking for an innovative education option for your family, you'll find this episode enlightening and informative.

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The Students at Templeton Academy Learn #MathStatMonth Skills By Solving Real World Problems

skills for the future, lifelong learning, Nashville

In August of 2007, I found myself studying a new curriculum, getting to know a new classroom and my new coworkers, experiencing the culture of a new workplace, and trying to prepare for my first teaching job ever. The only thing I knew for certain was that I had no idea what I was doing, and even this was a vague notion. I did not have an understanding of what skills I lacked or what skills I even needed to be good at this important new job. My last hands-on experience in a classroom was as a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, where I was provided stacks of reading...

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Colleges Value Experiential Learners—Here’s Why We Think K-12 Schools Should Too

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Did you know that a stunning 60% of college students are in need of remedial instruction when they enter their freshman year? This lack of preparedness is a testament to the flawed nature of the typical K-12 school system.

There is also a concerning readiness gap in areas that are less tangible than explicit math or language arts skills. Critical thinking, self-motivation, and creativity are just a few of the essential skills that incoming college freshmen should possess in order to maximize the freedom and opportunity of the typical four-year college education.

Keep reading for an...

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Aspire to Be the Next Silicon Valley CEO? Here's How You Can Get Started in High School

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Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Michael Dell. Rachel Ray.

What is one thing these entrepreneurial giants have in common? All of them journeyed down unconventional paths in high school and college. Rejecting traditional education and a four year college degree has become a well known part of their atypical success stories.

Many young people have big dreams and aspirations. They enter high school filled to overflowing with ideas and creative solutions for the problems they see around them.

If that spirit is not nurtured and cared for, they can quickly give up on those dreams and ideas in favor of...

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What College Admissions Officers Are REALLY Looking For in a High Schooler

parents and education, skills for the future

Ask any student what the most stressful part of their final year and a half of high school has been, and the majority will respond - college applications.

At a time in their life where young people are highly impressionable, beginning to solidify the ideals and patterns of thinking that will serve them for the rest of their lives - they are concurrently under intense pressure and stress, often dealing with unhealthy levels of anxiety.

And their anxiety doesn’t even compare to what their parents are feeling.

Keep reading as we explore what a college admissions office is really looking for...

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