Workspace Education is a uniquely innovative model that considers carefully the needs of each individual child. For some children, blended learning fills their educational needs.
As such, Workspace is constantly evolving with the needs and interests of the children and families in the program. However, the model of personalized education has not changed.
One of the biggest challenges of the school in general has been changing the mindset of parents to be solution-oriented.
Listen to the children. Education is all about them self-constructing into the human they’re going to be successful being.
1. Development of community and culture
2. Creating individualized pathways for children
Workspace Education is not a school. Rather it is a community hub where families can come together to guide their children's education. Seeing the daunting task that homeschool parents were facing of independently curating a child's education, Workspace founder, Catherine Fraise, created a solution.
At Workspace parents who have opted out of the traditional school system find a community of support with curriculum planning and identifying resources to best serve their children. Opportunities spring up organically according to the needs of the students. The school boasts resources from a black box theater to a maker space, to a virtual reality lab (two, in fact!), which students and parents can organize use of.
The community is rich with resources, including the parents themselves. Some parents teach classes to groups of students. A parent who is a physician might teach a small group of students about physiology, for example. Some students also gather for online or flex classes, which are driven by an online platform.
Workspace is born from a Montessori philosophy, wherein educators considered the question, "How do we create an environment where humans thrive?" In this vein, Workspace uses a "Spark to Launch" model, which supports students' innovation and creativity, then hosts showcase nights, when students get to show off the work they have been doing.
Somewhere between a school, a library, a Y, and a Google campus, Workspace Education is truly innovative in the field of education.
Contact: Catherine Fraise
Contact Title: Founder/Executive Director
16 Trowbridge Drive
Telephone: (203) 409-2028
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