Emaginos Inc. is working to improve the education system of the United States through a commitment to integrated, proven best practices. Opposed to replacing public schools with charter schools, Emaginos believes in restoring neighborhood schools and having them serve as focal points of their communities.
Through the company’s model, one school in a district is transformed into a pilot. The pilot school incorporates the new model into the community and proves the concept. The lessons learned from this pilot school are then used to transition the model to the other schools in the district.
To achieve this transformation, Emaginos provides the schools with a wealth of resources ranging from technology infrastructure to curriculum training. The schools transformed by the model operate with economic efficiencies squarely in mind, resulting in a better educational experience for the same or lower overall cost.
The company is a REG-A+ Tier 2 public company raising capital for future development and deployment of its transformational public-school model, with the goal of changing the way public schools approach learning.
Emaginos was founded in 2008.
The Emaginos program provides various elements aimed at making the model successful, including:
- Learning Environment: Integrated and proven best practices, multi-level classrooms, diverse small group settings, magnet programs, etc.
- Curriculum: Education customized for individuals, no textbooks, observational assessment rubrics, no more teaching to the test, STEM integration, etc.
- School Calendar: Longer school day, longer school year, internships, college courses, etc.
- Staffing: Teacher mentoring, highly qualified teachers, teacher pay, union support, etc.
- Technology: Technology integration, videoconferencing and telepresence, administrative software, student technical support, etc.
- Wellness and Primary Health Care: Telemedicine, primary health care, wellness simulations, etc.
- Scalable and Transformational: Operates within existing budgets, accountability, research center, national leadership, etc.
- Additional Benefits: Grassroots, unanimity planning, dropout prevention, attendance, etc.
Emaginos Investment Model
Emaginos is focused on changing the way that public school transformation is approached. While many in the industry are in favor of the transition to charters or homeschooling, the company believes in keeping the same buildings and teachers while implementing new proven best practices within the existing budget.
Some key figures relating to the public school system include:
- There are 98,328 public K-12 schools.
- Total public-school enrollment exceeds 50 million.
- The public school system employs more than 3.1 million teachers.
- Total funding of public education amounts to roughly $597.5 billion, with federal funding accounting for 12.7%, state funding accounting for 43.5% and local funding accounting for 43.8% of the total.
The Emaginos model is not a one-time product sale; it is a subscription service that provides the necessary resources for the public school to transition from traditional “teaching and testing” models to the “learning and doing” model.
The Cost of the Emaginos Model
Emaginos’ start-up costs are significant as it builds the EdManage platform and its student centered, multidisciplinary, textbook-free, learning-team, project-based curriculum. However, after the platform and curriculum are built, the company expects to incur relatively small incremental costs to sell, deliver and support the program.
Even though districts are required to pay for the model and annual subscription, overall, they are expected to come out even or on top in terms of expenditure. With no more textbooks and no need for additional technology, schools can go without extra support staffing, allowing for additional cost savings.
Dr. Keith Larick is the man who developed the Emaginos plan. As a superintendent within the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) 20 years ago, Dr. Larick chose three educators with whom to work, with the goal of changing education. He challenged these educators to take a clean slate approach to design the optimal K-12 education program. Using proven student-centered and organizational best practices, the result was the creation of three charter schools proving the new K-12 model.
Allan Jones is the President of Emaginos Inc. He has spent over 40 years working in and around education. He was a classroom teacher, district chief information and technology officer in the public school system, and taught college courses for teachers. Mr. Jones also served as a school board member. He co-founded an online high school, consulting with school districts on technology planning, and worked for Digital Equipment Corporation’s corporate research division. While there, he created programs to identify and transfer ideas from leading universities into the company. After all those years of seeing the good, bad, and ugly within the American public school system, he joined Dr. Larick to transform America’s schools into centers of discovery and innovation.
The late Jack Taub was the Chief Visionary of Emaginos Inc. He was from Brooklyn, New York, and dropped out of school to pursue a passion for stamp collecting. He and his brother Bert, both respected philatelists, developed a successful stamp selling business. At one time, they even had an exclusive contract with the USPS, selling their stamp-collecting materials across the country. From those earnings, the brothers invested in what would be considered one of the first social networking applications – though the term didn’t exist yet. Neither brother had a good experience within the K-12 school system, so they turned their sights on fixing it. They teamed up with Dr. Larick to design new models for education adhering to the idea that all students can succeed in education.