After two years of learning, designing and planning, we have submitted a proposal to launch what may be Arizona’s most innovative learning community - Phoenix Modern. We have applied the latest research in child development, human psychology, social/emotional intelligence, instructional design, technology, and the future of work, as well as the most effective practices from schools and other learning experiences all around the world.
Currently, we have submitted our proposal to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Our anticipated approval is December 2018, with a plan to open for students fall 2019 in central Phoenix. Our specific location is still to be determined, but is intended to attract a combination of low income and affluent families (goal is at least 40% low income families). We believe that the opportunity to learn beside and collaborate with a diverse set of peers will best prepare students for experiences in the work setting and other aspects of society.
We are now seeking to hire two critical positions for our founding leadership team - Master Learning Guide and Operations Director. Learn more about our proposed school model and open positions here.
Aaron Klusman, Founder/Chairman
Aaron Klusman is a serial entrepreneur and private investor who specializes in retail real estate development and collaborative enterprises that inspire a common good. He is Founder/Owner of Neighborhood Concepts under which he has founded such companies as Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt and Modern Grove, a neighborhood eatery and market. Most recently, Aaron co-founded Acton Academy Phoenix, a K-8 school focused on helping kids find a calling that will change the world, and a beverage company called Neighborhood Initiatives that invests 50% of profits in local charities.
Aaron has also created a civic organization of businessmen called Camelback Society, which helps risk takers better incorporate their faith and work. He serves on the boards of Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo School of Business, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, Hustle Phoenix, and Escondido Innovations, Inc.
Andrew Collins, President/CEO
Andrew Collins is an educator and consultant with over a decade of experience in Arizona as a classroom teacher and director of school development. In this time, Andrew has supported the launch of over 30 schools and numerous school improvement efforts focused on intentional school design and visionary leadership. Before joining New Learning Ventures, Andrew co-founded New Schools For Phoenix, a subsidiary of the Arizona Charter Schools Association that focuses on developing high performing schools in low-income communities within the urban core of Phoenix. In that role, Andrew also managed a startup grant program that awarded over $3.5 M in funding for new schools.
Andrew serves on the board of Empower College Prep, Young Education Professionals, and dedicates time serving families in the Refugee community.
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Jack DeBartolo | DeBartolo Architects
Courtney Klein | SEED Spot
Jeff Trent | TGen
Brian Mueller | Grand Canyon University
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