Learning Pods have a home, and "homeschool" is getting an upgrade.
We're not at home. It's not school. Why are we still calling it homeschool?
If people are coworking and coliving, we should be colearning -- a new model of families learning together outside of or complementing a traditional school. We are a nationwide community of learners that strive to work together to bring the benefits of formal education to families who want better options.
Colearners 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.