The scramble to form a Pod now has a solution.
To create a support structure around remote learning, thousands of parents are using Facebook and other social media sites to connect with other parents to form "Pandemic Pods". We've built a tool to help coordinate and match families based on more relevant information. Fill out a brief survey to find and connect with other families, teachers, and caregivers as you explore forming a remote learning pod, microschool, or nanny share for the summer or upcoming academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are thinking of opting out of the official Remote Learning to homeschool or create their own pods or micro-schools, stitching together something totally new. Either way, we're here to help!
If you fill out the information by clicking "Get Matched" we can identify a match of 5 other families with similar goals from within your city or neighborhood. Once we've matched six families, we'll send each of them and you with non-identifying information about each other and invite everyone to opt-in to an email introduction. Families who opt-in will all receive an introductory email; and then the families take it from there! We are doing this coordination free of charge as a service in this time of need. Taking learning into your own hands can be both empowering and a little scary. We've been researching and designing these since before the #Pandemic, so we're here to help!
COVID has created uncertainty around school attendance this fall, and many families are anxious, struggling, or do not have the means to adapt. We are a group of organizations, capable and committed, working together in service to help all families make Remote Learning as successful as possible this fall.
Provides families and schools guaranteed low prices on the top brands in school supplies, learning products, curriculum, and furniture for learning pods.https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/
Provides a learner-centered, full-suite learning platform, with curriculum that is suited to your child’s interests and level but challenges them to advance and develop.https://www.altitudelearning.com/
Helps educators set up micro-schools, including registration, marketing, enrollment, parent engagement, payments, billing, and best practices through a micro-school community and support system.https://www.wonderschool.com/
Levered is closing the achievement gap in elementary math with a next-level blended learning system. Levered currently serves 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade math with an individually-paced, competency-based online core curriculum.https://www.levered.com/home
Offers courses and content to help young people understand both cooking techniques and nutrition, from making snacks to understanding how nutrition affects mood and energy.https://www.rainbowchefsacademy.com/
A marketplace that offers families access to a wide variety of alternatives to conventional K-12 schooling. From in-home microschools and PODs run by local parents and educators, to in-person group classes led by dynamic subject-matter experts, to out-of-school enrichment activities in your communityhttps://www.unschool.school/
The world’s most popular math learning app. All you have to do is point your phone’s camera at a math problem (handwritten or printed) and the app will provide step-by-step explanations on how to approach and solve the problem.https://photomath.app/en/
See a directory of families with local interests, learning strategies, activities, neighborhood, and zoned school and school district to find or form pods for Remote Learning. Or, collaborate with other families who are homeschooling/colearning.
See what other families like yours are using, save your own resources, use the resources to connect with other families. Each child gets a launch page where they can easily access all the resources and tools you've selected for them.
Our education team wants to make your family an education team. They create learning experiences for parents who are learning about, getting better, and continually improving at managing their family's learning adventure.
Pro online courses
Access to learning modules and projects
Our software design and development teams are creating tools that connect parents and families around the pursuit of great learning experiences, online and offline, digital, paper, or human. Find local families, learn from them, share what you have to offer.
Pandemic Pods in the United States and counting!
Michael Staton is a lifelong educator, colearner, and entrepreneur. Beginning as a public school teacher, Michael redesigned his classroom around getting typical high-school students ready for the academic rigors of college. Now a Partner at Learn Capital, he spent over a decade as an education entrepreneur and investor, backing innovators like Coursera, Outschool, Photomath, MakeSchool, Minerva, Clever, and NearPod. He was also helpful to the founding of Million Lives Fund, Reach Capital, Higher Ed Live, UnCollege, YearOn and Dev Bootcamp. He was co-founder and CEO of Uversity, which changed the way colleges do admissions and enrollment management.
Michelle Spencer is passionate about educational reform. She founded a charter school based on Big Picture Learning that facilitated project-based learning and internships for every student and was the principal of New Technology High School in Napa, the flagship school of the New Tech Network. She launched a non-profit that trains thousands of educators and parents across the US and internationally. Michelle went on to be the Director of Summits & Professional Learning for EdSurge, creating Tech for Schools Summits for school districts. She also led outreach for a Gates Foundation project studying how schools across the U.S. structure and use time.
Ed Shadi is a seasoned engineer, educator and mentor with over 15 years of software development, management, and EdTech experience. Having led numerous software teams and scaled tech startups, he has acquired a solid understanding of architecture fundamentals and executing best practices for the full software development lifecycle. He’s experienced in leading high performance teams to deliver on technical strategy, as well as implementing cross-group collaboration between engineering and the broader organization. He has taught hundreds of emerging programmers in a classroom and practical setting, as well as tech workshops.