Replay: Why Teachers Are Leaving Classrooms Amid COVID to Launch Microschools

After the learning disruptions that impacted so many students through the pandemic, large numbers of parents looked instead to microschools as a more reliable alternative for their kids. 

Now, some teachers are seeing career opportunities there, too. 

This week The 74 partnered with VELA Education Fund to present a special livestream: “Into the Unknown: Why Teachers Leave the Classroom to Launch Nontraditional Education Programs,” featuring several educators who made that leap. 

Education reporter Linda Jacobson moderated the conversation, which you can watch below. The panelists included Iman Alleyne, Ian Bravo and Heather Long, who all recently left traditional school settings to launch their own nontraditional education program. Mike McShane, Director of National Research at EdChoice, shared trends and insights from a national point of view.

Here’s some recent coverage from our archive about microschools and learning pods: 

—Career Pivot: Teachers leaving jobs during pandemic find ‘fertile’ ground in new school models (Read the full story

—New Type of Hybrid School: Great Hearts sees the potential in pairing online teaching with in-person pods (Read the full story

—Personalized Learning: As COVID closed Arizona’s classrooms, Black mothers launched their own microschools (Read the full story

—Learning Pods: In year two, pandemic pods ‘find their legs’ and face their limitations. Will they endure beyond COVID-19? (Read the full story

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