A project of the EI’s Urban Initiative was recently featured on KQED’s education forum, Mind/Shift. East Tampa’s Bible Truth Ministries Academy, the product of a long-term relationship between the EI, Pastor Dan Dean, and his wife, Suzette, is built on two foundational principles: a biblically based code of behavior that emphasizes personal respect and research from evolutionary science about how children really learn “in the wild.” As a result, the K-12 Academy has mixed-age classrooms and an emphasis on collaboration instead of competition that extends to the entire community. We look forward to the future fruits of the EI-Bible Truth Ministries collaboration, including an expanded community center with childcare services that will expand economic opportunities for East Tampa residents.
Mark J. Van Ryzin
November 9, 2020