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3 Learning Ideas for 2021

Looking for fresh learning ideas this year? Here are three ways you can resolve to #LearnEverywhere in 2021. An At-Home Science Fair Recently, Outschool hosted a virtual science fair with more than 350 participants from three continents.  While something like this is always an option, you can also have a “science fair” on a smaller scale — with your kids, your neighborhood, a group of friends, or your extended family. In person or online, these projects are a great way to learn while having fun!  The show must go on While a lot of learners have been getting creative this...

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Working Parents

How Working Parents Manage At-Home Learning

Learning from home with two working parents: Some think it can’t be done, or is only for the supermoms and superdads. But we’re here to tell you that this is an attainable goal. Kids can #LearnEverywhere —  even in a home with moms and dads who work.  “Nothing I do here is permanent” In the fall, a working mom looked at the options available to her kids to determine what would be best for her family. You can read her thoughts about the different models she explored and how she landed on a microschool for her learners. She said that...

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Thinking about pod learning? Here’s your first stop.
Thinking about pod learning? Here’s your first stop.

Thinking about pod learning? Here’s your first stop.

Learning has been different this year and what works for some kids might not work for yours. That doesn’t have to be bad news; It’s actually a great opportunity to rethink education for your kids.The new semester can be a fresh start with a new way of learning. We know that kids can #LearnEverywhere, so we put together several resources to help you find out what you need to know.  Many busy and working parents are exploring how to do school this semester, in any of its permutations, while balancing work demands.  In our article, “What Are Learning Pods,”we explore the necessity...

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This Video Agency Credits Creative Education for Their Success
This Video Agency Credits Creative Education for Their Success

This Video Agency Credits Creative Education for Their Success

Hidden among the beautiful antiquity of Boston’s neighboring Worcester is one of the most successful agencies in the area. Its story is evidence of an important idea: give your kids room to be creative and watch them find success. Expansive ceilings with exposed, tidy ductwork sprawl over nearly 3,000 square feet of beautifully restored space just a few miles west of Boston. Chandeliers and LED tubes trade off duty in shedding some warm light on the space, which looks like it has just been staged for a Restoration Hardware catalog shoot. The only difference? This room was littered with equipment,...

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7 Key Things You Should Know About Your Child’s Education Options

As parents across southern Nevada struggle to find an education that does a good job meeting their children’s needs, COVID-19 has made things worse — much worse. In this ailing economy, parents who can go to work need to. Parents able to work at home struggle to balance their work responsibilities with the heavy-lift it takes to navigate their children’s distance learning plans while keeping their learning on track. And most everyone — including a lot of teachers — seems perilously close to letting learning loss win. Of course, for a great many families here, the present schooling options have...

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5 Things Arizona Parents Should Know About School Options
5 Things Arizona Parents Should Know About School Options

5 Things Arizona Parents Should Know About School Options

As schools across the country begin reopening in various formats, parents are scrambling to again make sense of how it will all come together. Some parents may see the move to reopen as one that carries risk. For those parents feeling uneasy, there are a lot of options out there. In fact, many options are free or funded by scholarships. Here are 5 quick things you may not have known about educational options in Arizona: You can switch to homeschooling at ANY time. Homeschooling laws allow you and your kids to transition out of public schools and into a homeschool,...

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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!

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many Arizona parents rethink the purpose of  the Arizona educational system. Stories surface daily about kids falling through the cracks of public hybrid schools, virtual schools, and traditional classes. The backdrop of the pandemic has highlighted the major issues in the current education system. . But some parents are taking advantage of new Arizona rules to find a better way forward for their family.  An article in the AZMirror recently detailed the plight of a Phoenix-area mom, Emily McIntosh, as she battled for answers. Her son, Mo, was slipping in school…and fast. Emily was at her wits’ end – frustrated and frozen. In a story that’s all-too-relatable for parents all across the country , she...

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This Phoenix startup made smaller, more individualized schools…
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 is kind of a midpoint. You don’t have to go all the way to homeschooling, but you can get some of that flexibility and some of that engagement you’re looking for,” –Kelly Smith, Prenda’s founder and CEO in a recent AZMirror article. The definition of...

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This Working Family Is Figuring Out How To Tackle Education at Home
This Working Family Is Figuring Out How To Tackle Education at Home

This Working Family Is Figuring Out How To Tackle Education at Home

Alicia and her husband both work full-time, so they just can’t homeschool. That’s why… wait, what? But how? Turns out that being a dual-income household doesn’t mean you can’t try home-based learning options. In fact, for the Kiovsky family, working and schooling doesn’t feel much different than working and parenting … and it shouldn’t because the Kiovskys have joined a “learning pod.” Technically it’s “homeschooling,” but in reality, it’s the learning experience we all wish we had. These kids and their parents aren’t stuck in one room and completely sick of each other. There’s nothing socially isolating or unfulfilling about...

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