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6 Things PHX Parents Don’t Know About School Options

6 Things PHX Parents Don’t Know About School Options

As schools in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale begin reopening in various formats, parents are scrambling to again make sense of how it will all come together. As many as 71% of parents see the move to reopen as one that carries a large to moderate risk. And, despite the challenges it has caused, as...

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This Phoenix Mom Was Ready to Give Up…Then She Got Her Wish!

This Phoenix Mom Was Ready to Give Up…Then She Got Her Wish!

The COVID pandemic has made us all rethink the purpose (and effectiveness) of our Arizona educational system. Stories surface daily about kids falling through the cracks of public hybrid schools, virtual schools, and traditional classes. The backdrop of a health crisis has run a UV light over our educational system and brought to the surface...

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This Phoenix startup made smaller, more individualized schools…

This Phoenix startup made smaller, more individualized schools…

In Arizona, Prenda microschools are public and affordable for students to attend! But what IS Prenda? One of the pioneering names in an increasingly popular new format for schools: the “microschool.” Prenda has expanded to hundreds of schools in just a handful of years in Arizona and it’s only getting bigger…while staying small. “A microschool...

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8 Easy-to-Use Resources for Pod Parents

8 Easy-to-Use Resources for Pod Parents

The term learning pod (or “pod learning”) has gone from relative obscurity to a huge part of the national conversation in a matter of  weeks. As we look to whatever “back to school” means right now, those pods are quickly gaining popularity as a small, simple, alternative for families looking for a school-like atmosphere, some...

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Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps!

Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps!

The summer has come and gone, the fall is upon us, and that means only one thing: back to school!  …Or does it? Millions of parents have decided to take schooling into their own hands. Whether it’s out of choice or necessity, many families are considering homeschooling their children this fall. But now what? Where...

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Pod Helps Those… – Learning Pods on a Budget

Pod Helps Those… – Learning Pods on a Budget

Welp…there’s A LOT of chatter about pod learning out there now. And in some cases, despite the current resurgence of COVID-19 and the necessity to provide a safe and distraction-free learning environment, it’s getting a bad rap. Each new day has yet another story about rich parents dropping $25K a year each to form their...

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Pod Learning: Essential Steps to Building Your Home-Based Learning Pod

Pod Learning: Essential Steps to Building Your Home-Based Learning Pod

In our article, “What Are Learning Pods,” we explore the necessity and benefits of Pod learning. We explore these necessities and benefits because, frankly, there is a lot yet to unpack and discover. The good news is that the ongoing discussion has pushed the topic into the public spotlight—where structure, flexibility, and innovation can be...

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What are Learning Pods?

What are Learning Pods?

In a traditional public school setting (or any large classroom-type setting), very often teachers or instructors will break up the larger group into smaller groups. But why? The answer is simple: it’s about collaboration, sharing ideas, teamwork, and, well, overall engagement. The question is rhetorical as the vast majority of traditional K–12 educated people are...

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A Work-from-Home Dad Learns to Educate, at Home, with Some Surprising Results

A Work-from-Home Dad Learns to Educate, at Home, with Some Surprising Results

If I’ve learned anything from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that while there’s no playbook for dealing with the unknown, or the day-to-day household tasks of confronting our “new normal,” there is an exciting opportunity to reimagine education with my son.  A long-time work-from-home dad, my experience with my children’s education was almost exclusively built...