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Three Families Who Are Rethinking Education

What does the ideal school for your child look like? Every person reading this likely has an answer as unique as each individual child. Meet three families who reimagined education in a way that allows their kids to #LearnEverywhere.

A District-Based Learning Pod

When school districts were trying to determine how to open safely in the fall, the Browns were given two choices for their daughters: hybrid learning (in-person classes twice a week, at-home learning the other three days) or 100 percent virtual. “Within a matter of weeks, the hybrid option was taken away and we were forced to comply with the 100 percent distance-learning option,” Erin Brown recalls in frustration, “or seek other arrangements for my children’s schooling.” She got in touch with other friends in the district, and they created a learning pod that would make at-home learning work for their families. 

Working Parents Making It Work

Think learning at home is just for stay-at-home moms? The Kiovsky family can show you how to make it work with a little help from your friends. After trying traditional homeschooling and determining it wasn’t the right fit for them, the Kiovskys found a drop-off homeschooling co-op that gives kids the chance to learn, socialize, and explore their interests. Having kids of all ages learning together is a benefit, too. Alicia Kiovsky noticed that the kids “pick up on information entirely differently because they see how other ages absorb and use the info.”

“I’m sure I want to do remote learning”

10-year-old Henry knew exactly what he wanted and his dad, Sean, empowered his son to make the final call. As a single dad working a demanding job, he worried that he would have a hard time jumping between his work and Henry’s schooling. But, as the semester went on, he saw that the opposite was true — each of them was more productive. He also saw that Henry’s school had issues before the pandemic, and “homeschool is definitely not off the table now.”

Want to learn more about pods and microschools? Check out what mom and microschooler Sarah Rabyon has to say.