Social Entrepreneurship in Education chronicles the twenty-five-year history of entrepreneurs who responded to the call of A Nation at Risk and launched an education industry. It tells the story of these "education entrepreneurs" and the lessons they learned, leveraging entrepreneurial principles to solve public problems and create social change.
This book demonstrates firsthand the importance of mentorship and profiles the individuals behind the businesses, highlighting the skills and characteristics that one must possess to successfully execute and operate enterprises in education. It reflects on the development of a burgeoning industry and illuminates the possibilities for applying a private sector mindset to education.
About the Author
Michael Sandler, a lifelong entrepreneur, is chairman and CEO of the Education Industry Group, an advisory firm supporting social entrepreneurship in education. Previously, he acquired and established numerous businesses in the fields of distribution, real estate and publishing after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he later served as a trustee. In 1989, Sandler was appointed a Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to research the role of business and education and later founded Eduventures, Inc. and other businesses in the field of education.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Energy and Persistence Conquer All Things 1
Chapter 2 Bold Interventions 9
Chapter 3 Breaking the Mold 25
Chapter 4 Venturing into Education 37
Chapter 5 The Journey and Challenges of Scale and Profitability 53
Chapter 6 Mining the Gold 67
Chapter 7 Boom, Bust, and Unforseen Consequences 85
Chapter 8 Building Sustainable Structure for the Education Industry 109
Chapter 9 Education Entrepreneurs Responding to the Call 125
Epilogue-Baseball, Education and Our Future 139
Additional Resources 145
About the Author 161