Video Explainer — The Year of the ‘Learning Pod’: With Schools Going Virtual, How Different Parents Are Looking to Launch Their Own Study Groups at Home

August 13, 2020

There’s no one way to create a learning pod.

Staring at three more months — at least — of virtual school and concerned about the health risks of in-person learning, parents across the country are patching together their own child care and learning co-ops that most are calling “pods.” In this latest 74 Explainer, edited by James Fields, we take a quick survey of the different forms these learning pods are taking, why parents are making the push, and how Congress and other groups are looking to offer support to the grassroots initiatives. See our latest pod profiles and our breaking coverage of how school districts are responding to the coronavirus crisis at


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