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Inspire Info Session: Parent Panel
Enrollment at Inspire School of Arts & Sciences begins on December 1, 2020, and we want you to join the Inspire family!

Even before COVID-19, our tuition-free, award-winning charter high school was adapting to ever-changing circumstances and challenges. Now more than ever, we are rising to the challenge of a global pandemic with the well-being of each student, family, and staff member at the center of our decision-making and teaching style.

Join us in the new year on Wednesday, January 6 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for an informational session about Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, facilitated by parents who have seen their students through an Inspire education. Our panel of Inspire parents will share their perspective on the flexibility and benefits of an Inspire education, why they chose Inspire for and with their kid(s), the range of opportunities for parent involvement in their child(ren)'s educational experience, and how Inspire has involved parents in decision-making around COVID-19.

Enrollment for Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is open from December 1 to January 31. Learn more, apply, or schedule a socially distanced tour at www.InspireChico.org/enrollment.

Jan 6, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joanna C. Dunlap MBA PhD
Inspire Parent @Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Joni is Professor of Learning Design and Technology (LDT) in the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) and Senior Faculty Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) at the University of Colorado Denver. She has a PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado. An award-winning educator, her teaching and research interests focus on the use of sociocultural approaches to enhance students’ learning and experience; online and blended teaching and learning; critical digital pedagogy; and faculty development and professional learning. She has two children currently at Inspire: GG (senior) and Raeghan (freshman) Gibson.
Julie Anderson-Nilsson
Inspire Parent @Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Julie is proud to be an Inspire parent and live in a community that embraces a high school built on risk taking, bold thinking and dedication to its students. Julie is a retired elementary school teacher, advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, writer, gardener, and parent of three adult children. She and her husband find themselves on the brink of retirement...again and again. Julie is so happy to be a part of this group of people focused on creating and maintaining a meaningful and nurturing environment for young people to thrive.
Dr. Kate McCarthy
Parent of Alumni @Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Kate McCarthy, PhD, is Dean of Undergraduate Education at California State University, Chico, where she has worked for over 25 years. In her current position she oversees General Education, the First-Year Experience program, the Honors program, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Chico Student Success Center. She also leads campus-wide initiatives aimed at improving retention and graduation rates for all students and closing equity gaps faced by students from historically underserved groups. Dr. McCarthy is active in her community through regular service at the Torres Community Shelter and in facilitating community programs that foster political depolarization. She has served on the Inspire Board of Directors since 2016 and is the proud parent of two Inspire graduates.