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California Blended Learning Pioneer to Lead Minnesota's First 6-12 Blended School

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Venture Academy, Minnesota's first personalized, blended digital learning school, has named Kerry Muse, one of California's top blended educators, to lead the Minneapolis charter school when it opens next August. As Venture Academy's chief learning officer and head of school, Muse will coach a team of educators to reinvent traditional education to help a diverse cross-section of students become innovators and entrepreneurial leaders ready for 21st century college and careers.

"Venture Academy has managed to bring to the Twin Cities one of the nation's most promising new blended learning leaders," said Ethan Gray, vice president of The Mind Trust and director of the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship (CEE-Trust), who brought 30 educators and experts from around the country to visit Muse's classroom last spring. "In the emerging blended learning field, there are few leaders with Kerry's combination of experience and results.”

Muse joins Venture Academy from his previous role as a math teacher at KIPP Bridge charter school in Oakland, Calif., where he initiated a pilot partnership with Khan Academy to design and implement a personalized, blended online math program. Muse helped transform KIPP Bridge into one of California's highest performing, high-poverty urban middle schools. He is also responsible for the school's highest recorded fifth grade math results in 2010-11, and helping a record-setting 90 percent of his sixth grade students – 99 percent of whom were students of color – pass the state's proficiency exam in 2012.

“Through personalized and experiential learning, students will take charge of their learning in ways rarely seen or imagined in traditional schools,” notes Muse. “Regardless of background, all kids want to learn and are capable of much more than they are credited for by the current system. Some of the best ideas I've heard have been from 11- and 12-year-olds. At Venture Academy, we'll create a space where students' interests, ideas and engagement drive the learning.”

Venture Academy last week was named one of 20 Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness in the national Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Wave IIIa competition, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Hewlett foundations.

For more information about Kerry Muse or Venture Academy, visit www.ventureacademies.org

About Venture Academy
Venture Academy's mission is to inspire passionate, purposeful innovators and entrepreneurial leaders able to imagine opportunities, take initiative and create solutions. Venture Academy aims to dramatically accelerate learning to prepare all young people, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, for college learning and purposeful life pathways by the age of 16. For more information, visit www.ventureacademies.org

Risdall Public Relations
Laura Griffith, 651-286-6775
lgriffith@risdall.com
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Venture Academy
Jon Bacal, 612-356-8626
jbacal@ventureacademies.org

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