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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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  1. Provide historical context for “learning pods,” and share firsthand experience of a microschool leader serving Native American students in Arizona.
  2. Weigh arguments for and against learning pods as an instructional solution in COVID-19 and for personalized learning more broadly.
  3. 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

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  • Tags: school design, social justice
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Policy & Civil Discourse
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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