Founded: Leaf Academy was founded in 2020 by Expert Educator D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed.
Goals: Leaf Academy has 2 goals, 1) to transform the K12 system into a cutting-edge 21st century learning environment, 2) to help the average American learn 21st century skills.
Support: Leaf Academy believes that teachers are the backbone of Democracy, thus we provide programs designed to support teachers and schools.
There are 3 Rules Every School District Should Follow:
1) Ensure Your District Has an Approved 21st Century Curriculum
2) Make Sure You Have a Teacher Development Program
3) Make Sure Every Administrator Understands the 6 Objectives of Leadership
About the Founder
D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed.
K12 and 21st Century Skills Expert
Schwartz has been working, studying and researching the K12 system and 21st century skills for the last 22 years. The NJ Legislature and worldwide experts in education consider him to be a true expert in the field of education.
He is the founder of Leaf Academy, as well as an education think tank that researches best practices for teachers and school leaders.
He is also the developer and creator of the most innovative and effective Teacher Development program in the country, which helps teachers become expert-level instructors within 2 full school years.
His unique approach to solving problems in the K12 system is one of the reasons he was asked to give expert testimony before the NJ Joint Legislative Committee on the public schools and was recommended to be a part of the NJ Governor's Education Task Force.
Schwartz has a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in American Studies, as well as a Master's in Educational Leadership. He is also a certified principal, superintendent and school business administrator.
When I was first hired as a teacher, I was full of self-doubt. I would spend hours everyday after school toiling over my lesson plans and worrying if I was helping my students learn. If it wasn't for the coaching D.Scott provided me, I probably would have quit the profession after a few years. What he helped me understand was that I was growing as a teacher. He showed me specifically the skills I knew and the ones I still needed to develop. It was a game-changer for me and my career. -- Danielle, Elementary Teacher
There are a lot of smart people in education, but being smart doesn't always equal success inside the system. D.Scott understands how everything works together or at least is supposed to work. That's the secret to his success. He can see what most educators cannot see and then he has the experience and expertise to fix what is not working. We brought him in to help unlock our entire special education department's potential. -- Tony, Assistant Superintendent