Michael Q. McShane

Dr. Michael Q. McShane is a former high school teacher. He earned a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas, an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in English from St. Louis University.

Private School Profiles: How The Oaks Academy is Responding to COVID-19

The Oaks Academy is a classical-model, purposefully racially and socio-economically diverse, private school in Indianapolis educating more than 900 students across three campuses. It has routinely been ranked as one of the highest performing schools in Indiana on the state’s ISTEP exam. As a classical school that focuses on great books and big ideas, technology […]

Private School Profiles: How Montessori Preschool is Responding to COVID-19

Before I spoke to Kevin Kalra of Houston’s Montessori Preschool, I would have thought “digital Montessori” education was an oxymoron like “jumbo shrimp,” “rolling stop,” or “civil war.” After talking with him, I was so impressed by the thoughtful way he and his compatriots are working through a difficult situation and trying to provide a […]

Studying the School Choice Student Transportation Problem

“If my child attends a school of choice, can I get help with transportation?” This is an incredibly common question amongst parents interested in taking advantage of inter-district enrollment programs, charter schools, or private school choice programs. They want to send their child to a different school, but they cannot get them there on their […]

1,000 True School Choice Supporters

More than a decade ago, Kevin Kelly, founding executive of Wired magazine, published a blog post titled 1,000 True Fans. It has become an incredibly influential resource for upstart technology entrepreneurs, artists and do-it-yourselfers looking to start their own business. The premise is simple. To be a successful business, you don’t need millions of customers, […]