Smarter Schools is a non-profit consulting organization created to help promote efficiency and effectiveness in education. We do that by identifying the potential for greater efficiencies in a state and then advocating for a path that state and local schools can follow to go farther with the resources they have.
In Ohio, we have identified blended learning as a key strategy for schools and districts to equip teachers with technology that extends their reach. In that way, they will be able to reach every student with the instruction they need, allowing students to advance at their own pace as they gain essential skills and competency.
This work builds from the success we found in Ohio with the Ohio Smart Schools initiative supported by KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters beginning in 2010. During the years of the initiative (2009-2012), the number of Ohio school districts in the top ratings increased by 43.5% while state aid to schools declined 5%, or about $400 million. Over the last two years, the state invested $345 million in innovation funds to spur improvements. We have put together a model that builds on those learnings from Ohio to benefit other states. Contact us to learn more.
More recently, she works for The Living Magazines, publishers of monthly suburban magazines in Greater Cincinnati, and has developed her own product, The Lunch Cards, ready-made riddle cards for parents to put into their children's lunches. That product is available for sale on-line and in Ohio and Kentucky retailers.