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Emerging School Models: Moving from Alternative to Mainstream

Join Shiren Rattigan, Founder and Director of Colossal Academy, at Harvard!

Are you passionate about the future of education? Do you want to explore the latest trends and innovations in schooling? If so, mark your calendar for an extraordinary event that you won't want to miss! Colossal Academy's very own Founder and Director, Shiren Rattigan, will be speaking at the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School on September 28-29, 2023.

About the Event

Title: Emerging School Models: Moving from Alternative to Mainstream

Date: September 28-29, 2023

Location: Harvard Kennedy School, 15 Eliot Street, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Nye ABC and Allison Dining Room, Cambridge, Massachusetts

A Transformative Discussion

Microschools, classical schools, new forms of homeschooling, and various other emerging school models are rapidly gaining traction and moving into the educational mainstream. But what impact will they have, and who will they serve? To delve into these questions and more, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University is hosting a groundbreaking conference on emerging school models.

Keynote Speaker: Governor Kevin Stitt

Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, a prominent advocate for educational innovation, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday evening. Governor Stitt has recently signed a universal private school tax credit law, emphasizing his commitment to pioneering educational reform.

Opening Remarks: Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr.

Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. of Florida, a lifelong educator appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis, will deliver the opening remarks on Friday morning. With four years of service in the Florida legislature, Diaz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conversation.

Engaging Sessions and Expert Panelists

The conference will feature leading educators, innovative entrepreneurs, and accomplished researchers. These sessions will be highly interactive, providing ample opportunities for discussions between panelists and attendees. While the proceedings will be live-streamed, direct participation in these dynamic conversations is limited to in-person attendees. Read more about the diverse group of speakers and the sessions that are being held here.

Colossal Academy's Shiren will be speaking in Session 1: Microschools: An Affluent Niche or Breaking Out?


  • Matthew Kramer, Wildflower

  • Shiren Rattigan, Colossal Academy

  • Ashley Soifer, National Microschooling Center

Join the Conversation

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to be part of the dialogue shaping the future of education. Register online today to secure your spot at this prestigious event. Whether you're an educator, parent, policymaker, or simply passionate about education, this conference promises to offer valuable insights and networking opportunities. Don't miss the chance to hear from industry leaders and experts like Shiren Rattigan, who are shaping the future of education. Register now to secure your spot at this exclusive event at Harvard Kennedy School. We look forward to seeing you there!


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