We teach different because our students deserve to have a voice in conversations.

Our Mission

We subscribe to the Socratic ideal that education is a way of life, not a profession. Our mission is to inspire students, teachers and parents to ask big questions and participate in great conversations every day.

Social Emotional Learning

We create culturally responsive, caring learning environments that inspire story telling and personal expression.

Critical Thinking

We challenge everyone to play devil’s advocate with their own beliefs, so that they expand their mindset and appreciate different viewpoints.

Big Questions

We challenge young people and adults to ask and answer life-changing questions.

How does the Teach Different course work?

  • Self-Paced: ​​Start within 60 days of enrolling and take up to 12 weeks to finish
  • Completely online with no textbooks required
  • Approved for 3 graduate credits through Adams State University
  • Covers ELA Common Core anchor standards for speaking and listening: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1,2,3

Meet the founders—twin brothers with a combined 50 years of experience in K-16 education

Dr. Steve Fouts | CEO

Dr. Steve FoutsDr. Steve Fouts is a social entrepreneur and educator from Chicago with over twenty years of experience teaching a wide range of classes in the mathematics and humanities-related fields on the high school and undergraduate level. Dr. Fouts graduated from University of Chicago’s Masters of Liberal Arts program in 1998 and received his doctorate in education from Benedictine University in 2010. Dr. Fouts has published numerous op-ed pieces focused on social justice in education and is active in Educators for Excellence, a policy advocacy organization representing teachers in multiple U.S. Cities.

Dan Fouts | Instructor

Dan FoutsSince 1993, Dan Fouts has taught AP government, philosophy and US history in the Chicagoland area. He attained an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Bradley University, as well as a M.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern University. Dan has served as a member of the committee on pre-collegiate instruction in philosophy through the American Philosophical Association from 2012-2016. Additionally, he has presented at several National Council for the Social Studies national conferences and has instructed online courses since 2004 through Aurora, Quincy and Adams State University. His passion is teaching teachers how to create and use essential questions in their classrooms. Dan also manages a SocratesQuestions blog which showcases lessons and strategies aligned to inquiry-based instruction.