Hope Fuss

Organisation: Rockland Woods Elementary School

Hope’s interest in SOLE was sparked through her doctoral work when a professor showed Sugata Mitra’s TED talk as part of an assignment. Hope has been an educator for 18 years. She taught middle school science for eight years before going into educational administration. She brought the SOLE concept into her vision as a way to break down the barriers of age=grade in traditional schooling. She implemented a SOLE time every day in her elementary school for all third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the end of the school day. She is passionate about creating a new model of schooling that works for students in the digital age and believes that SOLEs are authentic learning experiences that should be a part of the plan!
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Poonam Thakur

Organisation: SOLE Dallas Montessori Education

Poonam is a certified Montessori teacher and experimenting with homeschooling approach over the years.

Poonam believes that the advantages of the SOLE process for the kids as self-learning and work collaboratively in groups, allowing kids time and space to innovate with big questions or follow avenues of interest to them, and helps develop the critical evaluation skills which are so necessary when using the internet to do research. Continue reading

Natalia Arredondo

Organisation: SOLE NYC

Natalia Arredondo is currently undertaking her PhD studies in SOLE. While collecting data for her project, Natalia opened the first SOLE laboratory in America. She is currently the coordinator of SOLE NYC in Harlem, New York City. Continue reading

SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers

SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers is currently running SOLEs at Learning for Life homeschool co-op located in Kennesaw, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). Previously, they were offering SOLE classes at The Learning Village (formerly known as Georgia Enrichment Program for Homeschoolers).

Jenn Casey started running SOLEs in August 2013 and to date has held over 150 SOLE classes for students aged 7-14. Dozens of Georgia homeschooled students have taken SOLE classes with Jenn and our goal is to expand throughout Atlanta and the rest of the state. SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers believe that at this time, this program is truly a unique offering in the state of Georgia, though they hope that others are using the SOLE methodology in their classrooms and homeschool co-ops.

Jenn Casey

Organisation: SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers

Jenn is a homeschooling mom of three kids, ages 8, 11 and 14. Their homeschooling approach has changed over the years, and they now consider themselves “unschoolers”

Jenn discovered SOLE via the 2013 TED Talk by Sugata Mitra and was inspired to bring SOLE to her local homeschool co-op. She facilitated her first SOLE in August 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. Continue reading

Joe Jamison

Organisation: Pencils of Promise

Joe is the Pedagogy Innovation Specialist at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose” nonprofit organisation providing quality education in the developing world. He has over 16 years of experience in education, focused on implementing highly effective institutional practices to improve student learning and academic performance. Continue reading

Salahuddin Khawaja

Organisation: Khud

Salah spent 15+ years in the financial sector in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Initially 11+ years as a management consultant with Deloitte. He then moved to J.P. Morgan and Bank of America where he spent 5 years in the Investment Bank running transformation related projects. Wanting to give back and recognizing the magnitude of the education crises he founded Khud. Inspired by Dr Sugata Mitra and his work, he believes that education technology coupled with self-learning is the 21st century solution to tackle the education crisis.

SOLE Cleveland

SOLE Cleveland (SOLE CLE) are an academic group with a focus on scaling SOLEs across the Cleveland, Ohio area.


John B. Russwurm P.S. 197M is the proud host of the first SOLE lab in America. Located in Harlem, New York City, we inspire students to ask and solve Big Questions while teaching each other the intricate paths of knowledge. Continue reading