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Will Learning Pods improve Academic Achievement and Engagement in Learning?

Substantial evidence shows that parent and community involvement drives improvements in student achievement across all race, class, and income levels.

This means Learning Pods, despite the worry that this will negatively impact lower income families and vulnerable communities, may show promise to positively impact student learning.

Here are some highlights quoted from the report A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement:

Taken as a whole, these studies found a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and benefits for students, including improved academic achievement. This relationship holds across families of all economic, racial/ethnic, and educational backgrounds and for students at all ages. Although there is less research on the effects of community involvement, it also suggests benefits for schools, families, and students, including improved achievement and behavior.

Among the studies reviewed here, the benefits for students include • higher grade point averages and scores on standardized tests or rating scales, • enrollment in more challenging academic programs, • more classes passed and credits earned, • better attendance, • improved behavior at home and at school, and • better social skills and adaptation to school.

Here are some dramatic findings on how parent involvement influences GPA:

So, let's meet the moment COVID is creating and see if we can show academic achievement for all by using this as an opportunity to further involve parents in their children's learning.