A Fire to be Kindled

How a Generation of Empowered Learners Can Lead Meaningful Lives and Move Humanity Forward

A Fire to Be KindlED How a Generation of Empowered Learners Can Lead Meaningful Lives and Move Humanity Forward
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Can intentional, messy, audacious learning unlock the power to live meaningfully and contribute to the world?

The human capacity for learning has enormous potential, but most of us are stuck with the passive belief that learn- ing is “a thing that happens to you.” Imagine if instead humans made the deliberate choice to learn rather than checking boxes on a syllabus. How can parents, educators, and all of us unleash real learning?

This book offers a fresh approach: the Empowered Learner, helping anyone own their genius and accomplish their goals. A Fire to Be Kindled takes a practical look at the structures surrounding students and explains the concepts helping thousands of children become Empowered Learners at Prenda microschools.

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"Kelly Smith is the founder of Prenda Schools, a revolutionary new approach to education. This book will tell you what he has been learning.”
TYLER COWEN, American economist, author, and Professor of Economics at George Mason University

“I spend a lot of time trying to show people how curiosity and creativity make life more interesting. Kelly is doing the same thing with microschools, and this book explains the whole thing.”
MARK ROBER, YouTuber, engineer, and inventor

“Since my daughter was born, I’ve thought a lot about how to develop a mindset in her for lifelong learning—in this modern world. Learning how to learn is going to be something I know will make all the difference in her life, and I want every child to have that same opportunity. This book explains how that can happen and all the good it will bring to society.”
ALEXIS OHANIAN, Technology entrepreneur and investor

Kelly Smith CEO and Founder of Prenda, a company that helps people run microschools


Kelly Smith's childhood obsession with learning and building things led him to earn a master’s degree in nuclear fusion from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, start a nonprofit and two companies, and develop multiple technology products.

While volunteering at an afterschool code club at the library, he saw firsthand what happens when young people really want to learn, which led him to start a microschool around his kitchen table in January 2018.
He went on to create Prenda, an education company that helps people run microschools. Kelly is a founder and CEO, a husband, a father of four, and an enthusiastic learner.

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