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Permissionless Options for Parents

Have you been curious about homeschooling or microschooling, but you didn’t know how to get started, didn’t know how to find one, or you’re not sure you have the time to do it? We created Microschool Florida for you. Network with educators and parents.





Microschools

The microschool movement is an important exciting option for education for K-12 students. It is becoming increasingly popular as a permissionless alternative to large government run schools. According to State Policy Network, Microschools are small multi-family learning environments that are designed and operated around the educational needs of the particular students they serve. Microschools vary greatly when it comes to their teaching and learning models, organizational structures, and missions. Microschools are often wary about policymakers applying definitions which might limit their capacity to innovate as the sector evolves.

Depending on the policy and regulatory frameworks of their state and local governments, microschools can be organized as centers serving learners following rules for homeschoolers, private schools (accredited or non-accredited), and sometimes as public charter or even entities within traditional public schools. Microschools frequently meet less than 5 days per week. They can focus on student-led, project-based, and experiential learning. According to the National Microschooling Center, Microschools can run independently, as part of a network of other microschools following similar structure and style, or as part of partnership between a corporation or municipality.



Homeschooling Pods

According to School Choice Week, Micro-schools, pods, pandemic pods, and learning pods all refer to the same concept, one that is pretty easy to understand: students gathering together in a small group – with adult supervision – to learn, explore, and socialize. Usually, pods are formed when families in a neighborhood or vicinity bring children similar in age together. Teachers or guides can be parents or certified teachers.



Homeschool Drop-Off Programs

These are programs where students are all enrolled in homeschooling, and they meet together for a small amount of time for core or enrichment classes. These are good to supplement homeschool or microschool programs.



Homeschooling Co–Ops

A Parent-led group of families that get together regularly to provide their children with educational and social experiences. Co-ops are set up for team players. You are going to have to do something to help. This can be core classes, enrichment classes, sports, field trips, etc. They meet together in churches, parks, libraries, community centers, homes, or other places. It is possible to hold Homeschool Co-Ops without any fees where adults volunteer their time, or families can decide to pay instructors. When paying instructors or meeting more frequently, Co-ops are starting to look more like hybrid programs. Homeschool Co-Ops typically meet a few times a month, but sometimes they meet 1-3x a week. It depends on the purpose and of the organizer and needs of the families.


Homeschool Groups

Local homeschool groups are typically larger than homeschooling co-ops and serve either a local area, or a larger county wide, state, or national area. These can be in person or online.They can offer classes, field trips, meet-ups, etc. to help families with homeschooling or non-traditional education questions. They can also host homeschool co-ops as part of their group.



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Resources

State Policy Network Learning Pods Are Here, Are You In? National School Choice Week



National Microschooling Center (Winner of SPN’s 2021 EdPrize)


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