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Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget (Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Book 9) by [Rivera, Jade]
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Gifted and twice-exceptional students often struggle to fit in traditional classrooms, and homeschooling isn’t always an option. Enter Micro-Schools: an educational option bridging the gap. Micro-schools offer personalized learning in a school setting, led by instructors who understand the nuances and needs of gifted and 2e kids.

Starting your own micro-school may seem daunting, but a successful micro-school doesn’t require a huge budget or the latest everything. Instead, it requires a passionate individual at the helm. One like Jade Rivera, author of "Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget." In her latest book, Jade shares her successes and challenges working in and starting micro-schools. She discusses how to organize your school, hire the best instructors, work with parents, create an open and accepting environment, and so much more. After reading Jade’s book, you’ll be inspired to get your own micro-school up and running, ready to serve the gifted and 2e students in your community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 88 pages
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  • Publisher: GHF Press (16 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Jade Rivera 18 January 2016
By dogdancer1 - Published on
I am beyond proud and excited to see this book finally published (just out today!) by my close friend and my daughter's teacher for three years. It is so much more than the title represents. It is a commentary on the failure of schools to meet the needs of sensitive, gifted and twice exceptional kids; a tool to validate parents who struggle to be their child's advocate in a system and a society that seems hell bent on crushing these kids' extremes down; and is a realistic guidebook for embarking on creating a micro-school to nurture the emotional, social AND academic needs of these kiddos (in that order). All throughout, Jade is down to earth, inspiring and yet brutally honest about the challenges you will face if you choose to pioneer into micro-schooling territory. Thank you Jade Rivera, for all that you have done for our kids and those kids that might benefit from parents and educators that might reading this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Approachable, and Transformative 22 January 2016
By Bob Yamtich - Published on
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Jade begins Micro-Schools with empathic and insightful descriptions of how giftedness and additional exceptionalities can impact a young person. She extends this empathic awareness to the impact on families and friends.

In short, these kids need a balance of freedom and structure that is different from the norm.

Jade offers practical advice and questions to consider. Following the model of empathy before education, she encourages authentic assessment of a family’s hopes and needs.

People need to be heard, and this book tells what questions to ask. She quotes from parents and business owners who have felt the palpable relief of finding an option where their child can be fully known.

Forming any community, particularly one focused on education, could seem like an overwhelming task of executive functioning. Developing a cohort of like-minded families who perhaps were misfitted for other available strategies can be both necessary and abundant; not all necessity leads to just barely getting by.

With prescient wisdom, Jade lines out details about how to care for the adults who work with these children. She makes the connection between how gifted kids often prefer the company of older people and the relevant self-care and compensation needed.

While clearly useful for families contemplating starting their own micro-school, educators in a variety of other settings can learn from how Jade suggests a tailored approach to the needs of the individuals while sorting out how to be a functional community.

It’s almost like micro-schools are in a liminal space between friends and family. As Jade writes, “people will move for an established program that is doing good things.”

It’s all about community.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 27 January 2016
By countrywriter7 - Published on
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I was captivated from page one. The author shares her own story of struggle as a gifted 2e. As a parent and grandparent of my own G/T 2e children, I found this book extremely encouraging as I begin to help my daughter prepare for educating her children. As a veteran homeschoolers and a degrees teacher of children with challenges, I felt like this was a recipe for what is missing from our educational system.

Excellent job. The only downside would be that I would have loved to see more examples of scheduling in how to handle the various projects. Loved the example contracts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a member of Jade's online support group "The Gifted ... 23 January 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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As a member of Jade's online support group "The Gifted Family", I've come to see there really ARE people who understand the struggles of raising a 2e child.

I was beyond excited to read this book because Jade has made this her life's work...finding more respectful, responsible and effective ways of educating gifted and 2e students. Her life experience, passion and knowledge shine through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Blueprint for a Micro-school for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Children 12 February 2016
By Lisa Conrad - Published on
The one room schoolhouse has been an American tradition since colonial days, and micro-schools are the latest iteration of a model that works especially well for individualizing education. Enter the foresight of Jade Rivera who recognized that micro-schools were a perfect fit for gifted and twice-exceptional children.

A smart, passionate woman, Jade has written a book detailing her journey to create a micro-school for this unique population of children. It details the lessons she learned from starting several different schools. There is no sugar-coating to the struggles she encountered in the early days, but this is simply added-value to what this book offers to parents and educators interested in starting their own school.

Readers will appreciate the sample program forms and family compatibility form included as well as a list of resources. Jade does a great job of sharing her vision for finding lead educators and building community. She also goes into detail about simple logistics of creating a school and finding solutions to any problems that can arise.

For families with gifted and twice-exceptional children who are disillusioned with traditional public schools or for whom private schools are financially out of reach, this book is a real asset. Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget is a great addition to Gifted Homeschoolers Forum’s Perspective in Gifted Homeschooling Series.