Monday, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off their first back-to-school tour called #ReThinkSchools! The purpose of this tour is highlight the innovative and groundbreaking work happening in schools across America. The “Rethink School” tour will showcase creative ways in which education leaders are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education.

The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will be speaking at each school about how the family is the nucleus of civic life, but too many in Washington have forgotten that, the bigger the education “system” the smaller the student!

Midland University’s Code Academy in Omaha, Nebraska concluded day two of the #ReThinkTour! Midland University’s Code Academy offers a unique experience to its students. They’ve designed an experience around three consecutive courses with the goal of helping their students become career ready. Students start with a web foundations course. After completing this course, students will have the option of a few different focus areas, such as WordPress or JavaScript. The last course students take is a Capstone Experience. This provides students the opportunity to work with Omaha area employers on real world project teams. Code Academy offers courses three times a year and students can begin with a cohort in September, January or April.

It’s time to re-think what education means to each individual student and to re-think what it means to engage students in a life-long learning journey and prepare for successful careers and lives. Rethinking education ultimately means returning power to parents and families.

It’s time to #ReThinkSchool!