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Castle Rock, CO , Feb. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In this episode of the Mission Matters Business Podcast, former teacher, longtime online learning pioneer, nonprofit leader and societal changemaker Amy Valentine, CEO and Education Evangelist for Future of School, discusses the current landscape of online and blended learning―including the proven benefits of education innovation, the critical need for students and families to have options for their learning, and the campaign to ensure no child ever again has to say "I hate school."

Listen to Amy Valentine's full interview with Adam Torres on the Mission Matters Business Podcast.

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What mission matters to you?

Valentine asserts that an outdated, one-size-fits-all model of education isn't up to the task of educating 21st century students (if it ever was). She describes Future of School's mission to promote access and opportunity for every student, no matter where their learning takes place, so they can reach their unbounded potential. To achieve this aim, Valentine and her organization focus on engaging stakeholders at all levels―business leaders, corporate and nonprofit partners, district decision-makers, educators, parents and students―in becoming active creators of meaningful change.

Online and blended learning are two options that have provided countless students with opportunities they otherwise would have missed, altering their trajectories and outcomes in the process. In fact, though many Americans have only recently been introduced to online learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, these options have supported learners for more than two decades.

"Through authentic, student-centered blended and online schools and courses, we can create a platform where every child can access a high-quality education, no matter their strengths, interests, zip code, or their previous experiences in school," she says.

How did you get started on this path?

Valentine's professional background is rooted in teaching and education technology (edtech), including online teaching. Prior to her current role, she managed a portfolio of Colorado schools where she led academic and operational turnaround strategy and served as executive director for a network of California schools.

Her passion for teaching and technology has informed the entirety of her career, and she says she couldn't resist being "all in" when the opportunity arose to pursue the expansion of online learning, due to its tremendous potential to close opportunity gaps and provide all students with the choices they deserve.

Tell us more about Future of School.

As the name suggests, she says the organization―a national public...

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