We are grateful to have been part of a wonderful, public community school, with whole-child centered learning and dedicated and passionate teachers. And we’re grateful for the best efforts we saw to embark on the remote learning journey during 4th quarter of 2020.
At the same time, less than a month out from the start of school, educational institutions were left scrambling to come up with online solutions that support learning for all of their students. We know that equity and access for all are critical. And we know many/most of these systems are not on track to be equitable and accessible. We have a long way to go with making affordable broadband available around the country and fast, reliable internet is a baseline requirement for online education.
We’re not confident that if the kind of remote schooling we saw during Q4 continues our kids (or any) will thrive.
I sit from a place of privilege where we have flexible schedules. This small business is profitable and supports our household. My husband has committed to leading the homeschool/unschool journey for our family, if that’s the path we choose. Again, we get to choose. For so many families, that’s not the case.
Let us consider any negative financial impacts to our local districts when making the decision to pull our kids out to explore learning pods, homeschooling, and unschooling. COVID-19 has highlighted long-standing educational inequities in the US and we as parents need to move forward mindfully, and with intention and awareness, as we make these decisions for our families.
As we try to figure out what’s best for our family, I’m doing some research. If you’ve poked around this site, you know I’m not a fan of reinventing the wheel, so I share freely and openly just about everything I discover.
And I’m discovering that it’s tricky to find modern, secular homeschooling and unschooling resources.
Platforms for Co-Learning/Pods/Micro-Schools
If you are interested in connecting with other families and/or creating a learning pod, check out the following.
- Learning Pods
- Kin Parenting
- Kinder Outside
Other Remote Learning Platforms
- You can consider organizing your own “classroom” using Google Classroom
- Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE)
- Khan Academy
- Wide Open School
- Global Village School
- fueleducation and K12
Homeschool/Remote Teacher Networks
- Waldorf Homeschool Teacher Network
- Nanny Parent Connection Learning Guides
- Bubbles by Swing Education
- Ultimate Guide to Secular Homeschool Curriculum | Up Above the Rowan Tree
- Homeschooling Without God | The Atlantic
- Rocky Mountain Education Connection
- West River Academy
- Living Joyfully | Pam Laricchia
- Exploring Unschooling podcast
- Class Dismissed documentary
- The Alliance for Self-Directed Education
- Liberated Learners
- The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning
- Peer Unschooling Network
- Agile Learning Centers
- Liberated Learners
- Eclectic Learning Network
- Let Grow
- Ensuring Equity in Online Learning – Considerations in Response to COVID-19’s Impact on Schooling | Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
- THE EDUCATION COMBINATION 10 Dimensions of Education Resource Equity
to Unlock Opportunities for Every Student | Alliance for Resource Equity
- Should schools teach anyone who can get online – or no one at all? | The Hechinger Report
- How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable
- Universal Design for Learning
- Teachers Pay Teachers
- Brave Writer
- Airbnb Online Experiences
- Village Home
- Virtual Visits
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch | Travel + Leisure
- Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park
- Virtual Travel | Smithsonian Magazine
- American parents are setting up homeschool “pandemic pods” | MIT Technology Review
- Homeschooling Resources Google Doc by Unschool.school
- Collaborative learning
- Cooperative learning
- Inquiry-based learning
- Micro-schools or Nano-schools
- SOLE – Self-Organized Learning Environment
- Virtual charter schools
- Umbrella schools
- Self-directed learning
Here’s an evolving peek into how I’m thinking about creating just the right amount of structure for our kiddos. Click on the mind map to scroll around and zoom in and out. We’ve officially decided to give unschooling a try.
Do you have awesome resources not mentioned here or other feedback? DROP ME A LINE