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NC Founders Network Summer Cohort


Join the NC Founders Network Summer Cohort and transform your vision for a microschool into reality! This dynamic 12 week cohort is specifically designed for passionate educators and leaders in North Carolina who are eager to launch or expand their microschools. Led by Burbrella Learning Academy Inc.'s Founder, this cohort offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with like-minded peers, gain invaluable insights from experienced mentors, and develop the skills needed to create innovative learning environments.Imagine the impact you can make by providing a personalized, engaging education to students in your community. Our summer cohort will guide you through every step of the process, from initial planning and design to effective implementation and sustainable growth. Don't miss this chance to be part of a supportive and inspiring network of microschool founders. Together, we can redefine education in North Carolina and beyond. Spots are limited, so secure your place today and take the first step towards making your dream a reality. Enroll now and join us in shaping the future of education in your community!


Program Overview

The Summer Cohort for NC Microschool Founders and Leaders is an intensive, comprehensive program designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to launch or expand their microschools successfully. This program spans 12 weeks, combining virtual workshops, interactive sessions, personalized coaching, and collaborative projects. Must be a NC resident or looking to open a microschool in NC within the next two years.


   Curriculum Outline

Week 1-2: Introduction and Vision Setting

  • Session 1: Welcome and Program Overview

    • Introduction to the cohort structure, objectives, and expectations.

  • Session 2: Vision and Mission Development

    • Defining the unique vision and mission of your microschool.

  • Session 3: Understanding the Microschool Model

    • Overview of different microschool models and their benefits.

Week 3-4: Legal and Financial Foundations

  • Session 4: Legal Requirements and Compliance

    • Navigating state regulations and legal considerations for starting a microschool.

  • Session 5: Financial Planning and Budgeting

    • Creating a sustainable financial model and budget for your microschool.

Week 5-6: Curriculum Development

  • Session 6: Designing a Learner-Centered Curriculum

    • Principles of personalized learning and curriculum design.

  • Session 7: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

    • Effective assessment methods to track student progress.

Week 7-8: Operations and Management

  • Session 8: School Operations and Administration

    • Day-to-day management and operational strategies.

  • Session 9: Technology Integration

    • Leveraging technology to enhance learning and operations.

Week 9-10: Marketing and Community Engagement

  • Session 10: Marketing Your Microschool

    • Developing a marketing plan to attract students and families.

  • Session 11: Building Community Partnerships

    • Strategies for engaging with local communities and stakeholders.

Week 11-12: Cohort Presentations and Celebration

  • Session 12:  Presentation & Celebration

    • Participants present their microschool launch/expansion plans.

  • Session 13: Celebration

    • Celebrating achievements and planning for future growth networking and funding brunch.

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Lead by:

Dominque Burgess

Burbrella's Founder



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