Chandler-based StrongMind offering districts, charters free online programs amid school closures

A Chandler business is stepping in to help schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A Chandler business is stepping in to help schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A Chandler business is stepping in to help schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

On March 30, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced all schools in Arizona would be closed for the remainder of the school year due to coronavirus concerns. Districts and charter schools have been working to move to remote learning, or online learning, during the closure.

Chandler-based StrongMind is stepping in to help where it can. The digital learning solutions company is offering online courses to schools without existing programs.

"We recognize right now that entire districts or charter school networks are having to make decisions and choices about how to serve kids remotely," StrongMind President Mary Gifford said. "We wanted to create opportunities for districts, charters or individual families to have a smooth transition into remote learning. We think we offer a nice solution that is flexible enough that it can work anywhere and structured enough that it will give children the structure they are missing from not being in school."

StrongMind, located at 2501 N. Arizona Ave., has been working to help districts and schools primarily outside of Arizona, but with the new order from the state that may change.

"This is the time where you have to go out and share what you know and put it to good use," Gifford said.


StrongMind is prepared to onboard, train, and support educators and families for the remainder of the school year, according to the company.

“It is harder than it sounds," Gifford said of moving to online learning. "I think that good teachers are doing great things with kids right now and they are resourceful and finding things, but it is a lot of work. What we could offer would be much more turnkey, but good teachers are out there being resourceful for kids."

Gifford said she hopes districts, states, educators and private businesses can work together to make sure there are no barriers for students to continue to receive an education.

"There is nothing that is normal right now, so we all have to be willing to step up and do what's best for kids," she said. "What felt best two weeks ago may change. We all have an obligation to step up and make available what is best for kids."

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