SXSW EDU 2021
Do Pods and Public Schools Have to Be at Odds?
Critics of the learning pod movement point to the inability of low and middle-income parents to afford the high cost of hiring a teacher for a small group of students, and concerns of extracting resources from public schools. But, if public dollars could offset costs to enable more equitable participation in learning pods - and districts embraced them as a way to support more individualized instruction - could this COVID-19 trend emerge as a long-term solution for improving educational outcomes?
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- Provide historical context for “learning pods,” and share firsthand experience of a microschool leader serving Native American students in Arizona.
- Weigh arguments for and against learning pods as an instructional solution in COVID-19 and for personalized learning more broadly.
- Discuss how state leaders are addressing equitable access to learning pods/microschools to level the playing field for all students.
Anna Edwards, Chief Advocacy Officer And Co-Founder, Whiteboard Advisors