Welcome to Spider Learning: Our Mission
As the founders of Spider Learning and proud parents, we are blessed to be able to provide our own children with many opportunities to be successful. Our four kids go to excellent public schools with highly qualified and well paid teachers. Technology and digital resources are embedded into the school day and we can check on our student’s progress and performance at any time with a few clicks. Teachers return calls and have the resources they need to serve the individual and unique traits each of our children possess. After school, our kids are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities from competitive dance to parkour; from cross country to coding; from drum lessons to baton.
But, as we remind our kids every day, they are the lucky ones.
Across our nation, there are millions of students without access to the opportunities that many children take for granted. As every educator is well aware, the quality of our national school system, from state to state and from community to community, varies dramatically. Our educational landscape provides nothing close to a level playing field.
Many, if not most, of the schools in our country are part of an education system built on decades of well-meaning educators held in place by the inertia of the norm. Without the tools and resources to personalize learning, educators teach to the center of the bell curve, leaving the students at the edges to fall through the proverbial cracks. Additionally, many schools today tend to focus on the subjects where the test scores derive and provide limited choices for students to find their interests and strengths. This is a disservice to our children. Something has to change.
At Spider Learning, our mission is to bring equity and opportunity to every student, every day, everywhere.
As educators who left the classroom to reach more students, and now as small business owners, we believe in our mission and are confident we can drive the change so desperately needed.
As we developed this mission statement, we did so with purpose:
- Our goal is to level the playing field and reach every student, regardless of socioeconomic factors or access to resources.
- We strive to change the everyday learning experience for students by delivering a comprehensive curriculum that provides teachers opportunities to differentiate.
- And we work hard to provide equity everywhere regardless of where students live or learn.
More on each of those areas in future blogs, but for now we wanted to introduce ourselves. We are educators. We are innovators. We are creators of equity and opportunity, and we look forward to bringing our vision to educators that share our passion for putting kids first.
Bill Taylor, Chief Operations Officer