Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off their first back-to-school tour called #ReThinkSchool! The purpose of this tour is to 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!

To kick off the final day of the #ReThinkSchool tour, Secretary DeVos stopped at Kansas City Academy. KCA teaches their students with a hands-on approach. They are the only independent school in Kansas City and their curriculum is built around Expeditionary Learning. EL Education are a network of K-12 schools who focus on mastery of knowledge, and skills, character growth, and producing high-quality student work.

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!