Have you ever wondered about the business of schools? Mara Linaberger, founder of MicroSchool Builders, talks about her move from the public education system into entrepreneurship, ways to think about schooling in today's environment, and why business owners make great students. Join us for a great conversation!
In this episode, we discuss:
Mara's history as a teacher and online educator.
Why so many people are looking for a different version of education these days.
The business of schooling (public and private).
How MicroSchool Builders got started.
Mara's version of Zen Money.
Dr. Mara Linaberger believes that each of us has chosen to be here at this moment in time for a specific reason – that we are each on a mission that we chose for ourselves. And that figuring out what we love, what we’re good at, and how we can be of service, is the engine we need to fuel a lifetime of joyful learning. Mara also believes that school often slows down or stifles that excitement for students. So she is on a mission to create a global network of 100 micro-schools in the next 20 years – to harness education toward helping amazing children to develop their highest potentials, while making learning fun again!
Mara is a life-long educator, author, technologist, artist, ballroom dancer and musician, having spent 25 years in service as a public school educator, teacher trainer, and administrator. Completing a doctorate in Instructional Technology, she went on to earn a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in Pennsylvania. Launching “Mindful Technology Consultants” in 2013, she continues to train teachers at the masters level on the use of digital portfolios as alternative assessments, and on bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom.
Mara is the international two-time best selling author of HELP! My Child Hates School (link to Amazon) and The Micro-School Builder’s Handbook. Mara currently lives in Harmony, PA with her husband Michael, while she travels far and wide, directly supporting clients in her global MicroSchool Builders programs.