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Coherent Educational Solutions – Innovating School Systems through a Culture of Belonging

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“Coherent Educational Solutions programs emphasize the quality of learning and the conditions of learning, making our schools and programs interactive and exciting spaces for all learners.”

Education has become an asset in the contemporary world. Good quality education ensures a good and happy life with a secure future. Today, competition in the education sector is tremendous, and in this perpetually proliferating industry, choosing the right path for oneself has become a Herculean task. This is when educational consulting comes into the picture. They play a pivotal role in identifying a school system’s potential and opportunities to better serve their students and families, providing them with the tools and resources that best suits their ideal outcomes and ensures overall growth and development.

Coherent Educational Solutions is one such leader in the educational consulting arena. The company offers diverse products and services to support the learning community. Its collaborative teams are led by former school administrators and experienced instructional specialists. Coherent Educational Solutions provides educational services to begin closing student learning gaps through integrated instruction and professional development. Its programs can be delivered in a synchronous or asynchronous format. The company is committed to ending social injustice for underserved, neglected, and marginalized students by equipping educational communities with innovative solutions that are proven to transform education.

Dr. Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau, CEO of Coherent Educational Solutions, and Dr. Dionne Clabaugh, VP Teaching & Learning Engagement, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review on how this company develops and facilitates educational solutions for diverse classrooms and programs. Here’s what they said.

Interview Highlights

Q. What groundbreaking and proactive methodology does Coherent Educational Solutions implement to end social injustice for underserved, neglected, and marginalized students?

It isn't groundbreaking – it is grounded in what educational psychology already knows about learning as a volitional and natural process. What is valuable about the Coherent Educational Solutions approach is we've connected critical dots to create a Human Learning System with the learner in the center of the learning equation: the learner and their context + the content and its relevance to each learner + the teacher as a facilitator of learning = learning as an intrinsically motivated action.

Our learning environments are designed to promote self-directed and self-regulated learning, which activates each learner's energy to engage and succeed. Teachers facilitate the actions of learning; they co-create inviting environments in which a learner finds value and personal relevance.

Q. How do Coherent-built solutions transform and accelerate student learning?

Students learn, people learn, everyone learns, no matter what. You are learning right now! Coherent Educational Solutions programs emphasize the quality of learning and the conditions of learning, making our schools and programs interactive and exciting spaces for all learners.

I don't think learning can be "accelerated." A child learns to walk when they are ready and when there are ample opportunities in their environment. Learning can't be rushed or hurried. Coherent Educational Solutions has reimagined the learning environment to the learning environment with each learner's context, so that learning happens more smoothly and with less stress. We're removing barriers in the learning environment.

Q. What new endeavors is Coherent currently undertaking?

We are working with Maker's Empire in Australia on a project to ease the transition for Ukrainian youth who had to leave their home country. What we're developing helps these youth adjust to their new surroundings with increased awareness and access to their resilience and intrapersonal skills.

Q. How skilled is the Coherent team of experts? And how do they bring value to the company?

Highly skilled! The Coherent Educational Solutions core team has over 300 years of combined experience in all facets of education. These facets include school development from the ground up, human and leadership development of teachers, parents, and school staff, curriculum development and facilitation from the early years through the MA level, and designing learning environments that are engaging, hands-on, interactive, and learner-centric. More importantly, we see the people we're working with as partners with unique and valuable contributions to the work of growing humans.

Q. No doubt Coherent is charting new territories in this segment. Given how frequently circumstances change, what plans for transformation are you pursuing to remain relevant now and in the future?

Coherent Educational Solutions' work and approach to developing curricula and learning environments are grounded in four cornerstones: the dignity of diversity and inclusion, metacognition for self-regulated learning, self-mastery through resilience and awareness, and educational equity.

Coherent Educational Solutions | Leadership

Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau, EdD is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Coherent Educational Solutions. From school bus driver to educational innovator, he believes that school shouldn't be meant for only students. Rather, the school should be meant for students and their families.

Dionne Clabaugh, EdD is a co-owner of Coherent Educational Solutions. With over half a century of teaching and learning design experience, she knows that true learning happens only when each learner is recognized for whom they are and when learner funds of knowledge are welcomed in the learning environment.

Scott Spector, M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed in Charter School Administration, is a co-owner of Coherent Educational Solutions. As an athlete and STEM program innovator, he wants to see CES working with ECE to ensure science, STEM, and STEAM takes place from the earliest years through K-12, college, and into a career. Scott wants to make sure teachers, administrators, parents, and have STEAM education equity: the distribution of opportunity for anyone to enter STEAM careers.

“We’ve connected critical dots to create a Human Learning System that brings the learner to the center of the learning equation: the learner and their context + the content and its relevance to each learner + the teacher as a facilitator of learning = learning as an intrinsically motivated action.”