Our Story

Our Why

Our dedication to education began over two decades ago in the classroom, and has evolved into the creation of our microschool, Columbia Academy for Learning and Enrichment: The CALE School, along with our tutoring center and our support center for microschool, private school, and hybrid learning founders.

Our journey spans from classroom teaching to leadership roles in building and district administration, and includes specialized work in structured literacy based on the Science of Reading practices. These diverse experiences have underscored for us the critical importance of education in shaping a child’s future. Motivated by this perspective, we founded CALE Education and Company help support those in education that are dedicated to changing the face of education as we know it. Whether you envision a tutoring center, a homeschool hybrid, or a full-fledged microschool, we offer comprehensive support services. This includes personalized coaching sessions to help educators refine their vision and operational strategies.

As owners and educators at CALE Ed. and Co., we are committed to assisting other microschool, private school, and hybrid learning founders in their quest to bring personalized learning opportunities to their communities.  

Our Commitment to others in Our Field

Passion for Professional Collaboration

At CALE Education and Company, it is our desire to support any microschool, private school, or hybrid learning founder. Taking the leap to open your own school or educational center can feel very daunting! We have met so many incredible people on our journey. We want to offer this same support for others that have a deep desire to do education differently. Whether this be through a comprehensive school, a tutoring center, an enrichment center, or a combination of all of these things, we are here to support you. We offer support in the following ways through consultation and online coaching. 

  • Personalized guidance on curriculum development, instructional strategies, and educational philosophy.
  • Expert advice on school management, including budgeting, staffing, and organizational structure.
  • Assistance with enrollment management strategies to optimize student recruitment and retention.
  • Advice on selecting and implementing educational technology tools that enhance teaching and learning experiences.
  • Opportunities to connect with other educational leaders and founders through networking events and collaborative initiatives.
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching for founders to address challenges and opportunities as they arise.
  • Access to a repository of resources, including templates, best practices, and research, to support ongoing professional growth and development.
  • Online courses:
    • Matching Reading Data to Student Reading Needs (Coming Soon!) 
    • Leadership Training and Best Practices for Microschool Leaders (Coming Soon!)

The Tutoring Center at CALE

Commitment to Individualized Learning

As practitioners, we truly love our role in educational development through online support and consultation; however, our commitment to creating the best opportunities for learning does not stop there. We have never lost our passion or drive to work directly with young learners. At CALE Ed. and Co., we believe all children must know how brilliant they are. Through offering a boutique tutoring center, we are able to ensure all children are receiving exactly what is needed to feel confident in all their learning endeavors.

CALE Education and Company is deliberate in our commitment to ensure every child, teen, or adult has access to whatever fulfills their needs as a learner. This commitment means that we offer remedial services to fill learning gaps across all subject areas. We use research-based assessments to determine exactly what deficits our learners possess, and the next best steps in learning for each individual along his/her learning continuum. In the area of reading, specifically, this means we adhere to researched-based instruction that follows the science of reading principles. These principles include explicit instruction in the five core areas of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This commitment to serving the individual also means we offer tutoring sessions that are more enrichment-based in nature. If exercising the mind is something that your child is passionate about, then we want to support that desire, as well. Tutoring through CALE Education and Company provides the space, resources, and instructors to support the desired outcomes of all those whom we serve.

Students at Columbia Academy for Learning sit and listen in classroom
Students learn word structure at table at Columbia Academy for Learning

The CALE School

Continuous Pursuit of Educational Excellence

The final component of CALE Ed and Co that perhaps best illustrates our commitment to high-levels of learning, is The CALE School. The CALE School ensures that we never lose sight of the passion and commitment that first lead us into the field of education: the amazing students and families whom we serve.

The CALE School is a small microschool that supports the learning of students in grades junior kindergarten (age 4) through 12th grade. The school provides us the opportunity to continuously learn, grow, and develop our skills as practitioners. It is our belief that being a leader in education means that we must be committed to always researching, developing, and perfecting our craft as teachers. It is within the sweet walls of The CALE School where we have been blessed with a space to grow as both leaders and teachers. If you are learning about us today from the perspective of a practitioner, The CALE School is where you can see all facets of the Science of Reading in action. It is where you can see true standards-based instruction happening every single day. It is where you are able to see high-yield instructional strategies being delivered by highly qualified teachers. Ultimately, The CALE School is what gives us credibility in our work as consultants. Learn more about our school at its dedicated website, www.comocale.com.

If you are learning about us today as a parent, The CALE School will show you what individualized instruction in learning truly looks like. It makes no difference to us if your child has special learning needs, or is considered to be gifted- we require that all students take an active role in their learning. As a parent, this means you will know exactly where your child excels and what the next best steps are for him or her as a learner. You will see first-hand how children respond when high-expectations for learning are in place, scaffolded with the appropriate support and interventions when necessary. All students experience the benefits of small, personalized class sizes. As a parent, you will witness a strong school community that supports the social/emotional needs of each child and implements a strong service learning initiative. At The CALE School, it is our goal that all students understand they are brilliant and can achieve high-levels in learning. We want our students to understand they can do hard things, and then feel the satisfaction and pride when those goals are realized.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about CALE Education and Company. We look forward to partnering with you in your educational endeavors. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can better support your work!

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