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  • 1.  Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 24 days ago
    In Los Angeles there have been many requests for private Small Group (4-5 children) instruction for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Does the teacher need accreditation for private instruction? How can the parents transfer the child's credits for this completed class once school resumes in-person teaching? Is it ideal for them to stay enrolled in their school and receive supplemental private instruction or withdraw enrollment to learn exclusively with the private teacher?
    Thank you. 


  • 2.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 23 days ago
    In Los Angeles there have been many requests for private Small Group (4-5 children) instruction for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Does the teacher need accreditation for private instruction? How can the parents transfer the child's credits for this completed class once school resumes in-person teaching? Is it ideal for them to stay enrolled in their school and receive supplemental private instruction or withdraw enrollment to learn exclusively with the private teacher?
    Thank you.
    Deb Bernstein


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    Debra Bernstein
    Beverly Hills CA
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  • 3.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 23 days ago
    I am a parent and an educator. I have seen an increase in many parents in my surrounding community starting to organize their own "learning pods" where children of similar ages are grouped together and the parents share the cost of hiring a "nanny/tutor/teacher" for those children. Is this what you are talking about?

    For example, I know two families who are looking for nanny for this school year and they have four children (2-preschoolers and 2- First graders) they are looking for someone to not only prepare snacks and meals, but also provide preschool instruction and supervise distance learning for the older children. The distance learning is provided by the school the children are enrolled in.

    There are even programs popping up online that are marketing similar services.

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    Nell Redaniel
    Lead Teacher
    Bright Horizons
    San Jose CA
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  • 4.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 23 days ago
    Hi Nell,
    This is similar to what I am referring to. However, instead of supervising their distance learning, they are requesting to hire a teacher to provide their children, in these small learning pods, with supplemental academic and social enrichment. The teacher would be focusing on Academic Enrichment through play. We will focus on enhancing the child's language arts, cognitive, math, science and social skills. This will be a supplemental program since the state mandates that all children Kindergarten/Pre-1 age (5-6 years old) must be enrolled/registered in a school program in order to receive credit. 






  • 5.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 23 days ago
    Debra,

    I'm going to chime in here, as my business model is centered around providing nature and place-based adventures for children, in small groups no larger than 6.  I lead three "Summer JOY" camps for children ages 4.5 - 9,  3-days per week; "Nature School JOY" for ages 4-6, 3-days per week; and "Afterschool JOY" for ages 6-9, 2-days per week.
    I don't advertise, but rely on word-of-mouth and referrals from current and former clients. I am a CO licensed elementary teacher, as well as a CO Director-qualified Early Childhood Educator.

    To address your specific question about transferring credits to schools, I think there first needs to be an agreement crafted between the provider and the school in question, indicating what learning goals are expected. This is where opportunities come in - crafting learning goals that are more inline with the pedagogy of Constructivism. This pedagogy is rarely even taught in teacher-training, and considered out of reach by many educators who have too many children in their classrooms to consider the individual skills, passions and desires of each child. Whether it is ideal for children to experience both institutionalized learning and private, small group instruction is a good question, and I believe should be the choice of parents. Not all parents can afford to pay for private instruction, so equal opportunity is a problem with that model. I do have a solution for this, as outlined below.

    I'm in communication with my CO House District Representative to craft legislation that would provide State education funds to families to cover the costs private educators who offer supplemental learning opportunities. My idea is based on a practice that was highly successful in a Colorado's Delta School District in the 90's and early 2000's, to allocate state education funding to that district, that was then reallocated to families to cover a portion of the costs of non-religious homeschooling. There were parameters that needed to be met for families to receive funds from the district, and those were hammered out between the district's Superintendent and Director of the local home-school program, called Vision Home and Community Program.

    I've always been an advocate for parental choices when it comes to providing children with the best learning opportunities for them. I believe this is the time to look beyond the institutionalized schools as the only option for valid instruction - in my experience (30 years of teaching) learning happens everywhere, and the role I play as an educator is to recognize what excites and inspires the children in my care, and to foster those experiences. I do not advocate offering the same type of top-down, teacher-focused instruction in the private setting you're speaking of. Sitting at desks outdoors negates the opportunities outdoor learning offers. It takes complete attention on my part, to what children are engaged in, to recognize when an activity a child is engaged in can be the basis for offering further instruction. It requires diligence on my part to observe them as they interact with the natural and built environments, with their peers, with myself.

    State and school district mandates for educating children need more input from parents and other community members who have an interest and the passion to offer something more than what is being offered.

    I just received this email from a parent this morning, and he couldn't have expressed more clearly the importance of being mindful to what children, at any age, need and what parents want for their children when they're in the care of others, at any age. "One of the great things I noticed about your group is the way Marleigh is filled up emotionally and energetically when I come get her at the end of the day. In contrast to the other two days a week where she needs a hug and to be picked up and held at the end of the day, she's so centered and full of life when I swing by to get her on Mon, Weds, Fri. It makes me feel wonderful about what you're doing, every time. Thank you again!"

    I invite you to approach your local school board, as a private educator, with your ideas and with parents as advocates to create a new model of education - or bring to fruition John Dewey's model he outlined so succinctly in his book, Experience and Education, 1938, Touchstone. A few other critical books to further an understanding of Constructivism and Place-based Education, are :
    1. "in search of understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms, Jacqueline Grennon Brooks & Martin G. Brooks, 1999, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development;
    2. Curriculum in Abundance, David W. Jardine, Sharon Friesen, and Patricia Clifford, 2006, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    3. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities, David Sobel, 2005, Orion Society.
    4.
    The Third Teacher: 79 ways you can use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning, A collaborative project with OWP/P Architects + VS Furniture + Bruce Mau Designs.

    I'm so excited to see how the institution of education transforms to a more humane, child-centered form of community-based learning and exploration.

    "Experience is the source of knowledge. Everything else is just information". Joyce Webb and Melanie Phelps, Colorado River Experiences

    Mary

    Mary L. Russell, Owner/Lead Facilitator
    Journeys Out Yonder, LLC
    BS in Education
    MEd in Education for Sustainability

    We're on our 5th reading of this book, as we sit under our own native tree, which supports life for many native flora and fauna.






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    Mary Russell
    Owner
    Journeys Out Yonder
    Boulder CO
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  • 6.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 13 days ago
    I'm sorry, but I respectfully disagree. What you are proposing is using vouchers, which have already been proven not to work. You are also proposing taking money out of already cash strapped districts. This will not promote equity, as vouchers have been proven to benefit only middle and upper class children, and harms children who go to public schools, by siphoning off the high achieving children. This leaves public educators to serve a disproportionate number of hard to serve children with even less money than before.

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    Jennifer Monson
    ECE Teacher
    Denver Public Schools
    Denver, Co
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  • 7.  RE: Private Teaching Pods

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hello Mary,
    Great information, I agree with you when you mention that to address your specific question about transferring credits to schools, I think there first needs to be an agreement crafted between the provider and the school in question, indicating what learning goals are expected.



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    Rosie Hoeffner
    Spanish Interpreter 4k Program
    4k Community Program
    Appleton WI
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