Before the pandemic, Think, Speak & Grow Academy (TSG) operated as a before and after-school
care program. For safety reasons, we have temporarily closed our doors to center-based care.
We anticipate reopening our center during late May 2021 for summer camp or August 2021 for the
2021-22 academic year. The reopening will be contingent upon stemming the spread of COVID-19
However, we are excited to announce that we have adapted our focus in response to the pandemic
to provide home-based and virtual support for families. Think, Speak & Grow Academy, led by Dr. Kelly Walton, who has been an educator and youth development professional for more than two decades, was conceptualized by a team of passionate K-16 educators. They possess over a century of combined experiences and recognized accomplishments. In 2017, our team identified a need in the after-school setting to provide accelerated and enhanced opportunities to help students develop the essential life skills and characteristics needed to thrive in the 21st Century. As such, “our mission is providing children with experiences and opportunities that allow them to THINK critically, SPEAK confidently, and GROW exponentially.”
Our program gives parents the assurance their child is in a safe and secure environment, which also provides an early introduction to life skills that are critical in a global society. Our mission aligns with The 7 Habits of Happy Kids as well as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey, which we introduce through a 21st Century skills model that focuses on real-world simulation and application. These habits are:
Begin With The End In Mind
Put First Things First
Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood
Sharpen The Saw
Dr. Walton's Bio
CEO / Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Kelly M. Walton is a results-driven, thought leader with extensive experience and achievement in the public sector, leading and managing multi-million dollar programs from concept to implementation. Dr. Walton has served in a gamut of positions from classroom teacher to district administrator to developing and leading a $100 million postsecondary readiness and scholarship program for a national youth development nonprofit. Additionally, she worked for Georgia State University as a University Supervisor, where she planned, coordinated, and guided teacher candidates’ day-to-day activities during their field experiences.
She has 18+ years of experience in K-12 Leadership, Education Management, and Secondary School Transformation. She has worked closely with both internal and external stakeholders, from students to superintendents. She has also worked closely with national education/business leaders and experts from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to include the following: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, MDRC, McKinsey & Company, American Institutes for Research, WestEd, and University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
Dr. Walton is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Education Solutions Alliance, LLC dba Think, Speak & Grow Academy. Under the consulting division of Ed Solutions, Dr. Walton is responsible for leading a network of professionals who provide comprehensive consultation and professional development for schools, as well as nonprofit, community, and youth-serving organizations. One of the largest scale consulting projects she worked on was a multi-year project with MDRC. The project, entitled “The National Investing in Innovation Evaluation of the Diplomas Now Model,” is the U.S. Department of Education’s largest-scale evaluation of a secondary school reform model.