Enrich Lives While Enriching Your Own Life

Enrich Lives While Enriching Your Own Life

A recent article in Franchise Connect magazine highlighted the financially and personally fulfilling opportunity of opening an educational franchise for children. “It’s not just fun, it’s profitable.” Truer words have never been spoken about working with kids. Owning a business in an educational, child-centric industry has many benefits: flexible schedule, recurring revenue, large market size, and so much more.

What makes Gideon unique in this industry? Outside of the benefits above, we offer a research-based, systematic curriculum, support through every stage of opening and owning a center, a defined territory, and more.

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Universal Preschool Is Not the Solution We Thought It’d Be

Is universal preschool creating the results we all hoped? Unfortunately, two recent studies show it is not. The Hechinger Report explains, “In practice, as communities around the country offer free preschool to more and more tiny Americans, the results are uneven.”

This is a disappointing but eye-opening finding. For decades, we were all led to believe that universal pre-k could solve inequality, strengthen early learning skills, and a whole host of indicators of a successful adult. Yet, researchers of two different studies found that many preschools in the public school system had lower quality activities, less space for class, and poorly-trained teachers. Moreover, the researchers of one New York study found “[the young students] might have done better without preschool”.

Although this research is not what we would like to see, it does highlight areas of need that community members like you can improve. With Gideon, you can help students from 4 years and older get the low-ratio, mastery focused boost for school and their future. Your passion is needed now more than ever.

Helping Special Ed Students: Your Calling

Special education and students who receive district-provided interventions have long been in the news, even before the pandemic started. It’s no wonder the pandemic made learning even more difficult for these students though. In fact, the Department of Education recently found that the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to adequately provide and track special education services during remote learning in the early school years of the pandemic.

This may be the first of many instances of the federal government’s cracking down on lackluster special education services. Although school districts were between a rock and a hard place with the pandemic, many parents feared “they were forced to largely go it alone, [and] fear[ed] lost academic and developmental progress for their children as a result.”

This situation highlights the need so many students in communities across the nation have. With Gideon’s emphasis on self-paced, individualized, and mastery-focused learning, students in and out of special education can get the help they need to be successful in school.

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Needed: Stable, Passionate Educators

We’ve all seen the headlines about teachers leaving their profession in droves over the last two years. “Highly qualified teachers and administrators will find other professions that not only pay better but also publicly value their skill sets and do not subject them to constant abasement,” says an instructional specialist writing for the Hechinger Report.

Schools continue to be at an unfortunate impasse: “Qualified teachers will disappear, and in their place instruction will be conducted either by less experienced teachers or by substitutes. Students will suffer, and not just academically; the revolving door of adults circulating through classrooms will increase the social and emotional challenges for students who need stable teachers to rely on.”

We can all agree that our kids need strong, passionate individuals to teach them now more than ever. Thankfully, students and parents can look in and out of school for these people. Turn your passion for education into a lucrative business with Gideon.

America’s Reading Slump is Nothing New

The Hechinger Report recently came out with an article detailing the slump in reading ability across grades and demographics. Surprisingly, this trend did not emerge with COVID.

Even before the pandemic, reading achievement was in a slump. In 2016, U.S. fourth graders slid seven points on an international reading test, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Analysts noted that reading scores of the lowest achieving students had been declining for a decade, and that the 2019 losses — especially steep among low performers — had erased 30 years of progress.

[A Massachusetts teacher] now reviews kindergarten-level phonics with her second graders. On a recent day, a student held up flashcards at the front of the class and led her peers in a call and response chant through the alphabet. In a normal year, the exercise would have been scaled back by this point, Woll said. “But because of the pandemic, I’m still doing those letter sounds every day.”

Educators and researchers are weighing three theories on what is responsible for the decline: money, instruction or reading itself. None of these possible causes are quick to fix. That’s why a Gideon center is needed now more than ever in your community.