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Verto Education
June 20, 2019

How to Fund Your Semester with Verto Education

Verto Education was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less, then your typical semester of college. We do our best to eliminate anything that does not directly contribute to our students’ educational experience. That means students aren’t charged any dues…
Verto Education
June 13, 2019

Education Should Be A Treasure Hunt

Course Director, Dr. Karen Straight, shares her teaching philosophy and experience on a semester with Verto Education. Dr. Karen Straight earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and will be serving as the Course Director for Identity, Politics and Equity, Cultural Anthropology, and Global Health Fall 2019. My…
Celebrating high school graduation on top of mountain
Verto Education
June 5, 2019

How To Transfer Your College Credit

Most colleges agree, taking a year out of the classroom before college is a good thing. Harvard actually encourages their students to take a year off, and goes as far as to attribute its 97% graduation rate to the number of their students who take a break after high school. Studies show that students who…
Student photos from Verto Education's semester in The Dominican Republic
Verto Education
May 29, 2019

Meet the Team: Verto Education Course Directors

The key to every successful semester of Verto Education is the team behind the scenes! Our Course Directors will serve as adjunct faculty at Portland State University and be responsible for designing the curriculum, training the teaching staff, and supervising the delivery and grading of the course. They've all travelled far and wide and think that…
Verto Education
May 1, 2019

5 Reasons Verto is #ABetterFreshmanYear

College is an amazing opportunity. It’s the one time in life when your community is made up completely of peers your own age (except for maybe assisted living, but that’s less fun). Your campus is designed solely for your personal betterment. You have access to advisors, coaches, cooks, cleaners, landscapers, and of course educators. Your…
Verto Education
April 17, 2019

What Is a Homestay? How Does It Work?

One of the best parts about spending a semester with Verto Education is getting to see everything a country has to offer. Unlike on study abroad programs, with Verto students won’t be confined to one place for the duration of their stay. Rather, they will go from the city to the countryside, and occasionally venturing out…
Verto Education
April 3, 2019

Letter from the President, Mitch Gordon

As Verto Education grows, I increasingly receive emails and questions from parents about how and why we started this bold new educational model.  At its core, Verto Education was created to provide a better freshman year for students, and make international travel a core part of the college experience. As the President of Verto Education,…
Verto Education
March 25, 2019

Verto Education on the College Admissions Scandal

In light of the recent admissions scandal, it is clearer than ever that proactive change is needed in the higher education system to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for students of all backgrounds. At Verto Education we believe that new and innovative models are essential to shifting the educational paradigm. Part of our…
Student Stories
January 11, 2019

Agriculture & Sustainability: Teaching Philosophy & Personal Credo

As a young person, who was fortunate enough to participate in alternative and experiential education growing up, I know by experience how powerful interactive learning environment can be. Stimulating educational environments where students have a physically and emotionally safe space to challenge themselves for growth are the most conducive to learning.   I still remember…
Verto Education students hiking across bridge in Costa Rica
Verto Education
November 9, 2018

Verto Team Training: The Story Begins With You

I’ve always liked who people can be when they have a world of possibilities and new human experiences awaiting them. That described my feeling at the end of the first day of Verto Education Admissions Representative training, and it was one we were able to explore throughout the four days we spent together.   It’s…
Verto Education
November 8, 2018

What to Do If You Weren’t Thrilled With High School

High schools in America were designed to give an affordable education to a huge number of students with a limited number of resources and minutes in the day. The result? Students associate learning with bells and intercoms, standardized tests, and bathroom passes.   The classroom is structured in a way that students are asked to…
Student teaching while traveling abroad in Thailand
Verto Education
November 8, 2018

The 10 Learning Foundations of Verto Education

Think about your most transformational educational experience. The ‘Aha’ moment that has stuck with you the rest of your life. Was it sitting in a lecture hall among a hundred other students in varying degrees of consciousness? Probably not.   The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire understood this, and passionately denounced traditional education systems built upon…

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