The recent decision by the Loudoun County School Board to offer solely distance learning (DL) for the fall semester has many parents concerned. A large number of parents felt that the LCPS spring semester was woefully ineffective in delivering a high-quality educational experience for their students. Studies bear this out. According to projections in a working paper from NWEA, (formerly the Northwest Evaluation Association), along with scholars at Brown University and the University of Virginia, the average student will likely return to school having retained only 63 percent to 68 percent of learning gains in reading and as little as 37 percent to 50 percent of learning gains in math compared to a typical year. Those are startling statistics. If you’re concerned, you are not alone. Parents across the country are seeking alternative methods of education this fall.
We know that nearly 40% of those surveyed preferred a hybrid learning model that included two days of in-class instruction and three days of remote learning, but that is not to be the case…at least until November.
For working parents, the decision to go 100% DL is particularly disconcerting as it is difficult to work efficiently and effectively from home, while simultaneously monitoring a child’s at-home learning progress. In addition, for older children, few parents have the skillset to navigate the challenging coursework of advanced courses such as AP Calculus AB/BC, Pre-Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.
We can help.
Introducing LTP Learning Pods
We are in the process of creating learning pods or pandemic pods to help your student have a successful fall semester. We will be offering instruction both in person and online. In both cases, all instruction will be highly interactive.
By creating pods, our hourly rates will be distributed across the pod, making individualized instruction more affordable. We will group students by subject and by school (local high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools) so that we may follow the curriculum of each individual school. We expect LTP Learning Pods not to exceed five students.
For AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC, we are offering our highly successful Parallel classes. These classes will parallel the AP curriculum for the entire school year. Students may participate either in person or online, and class size is limited to 10 students.
And finally, if you have a group of students (your own pod) already organized, please indicate this in the form below. We will work out a mutually agreeable schedule to ensure that your students don’t get left behind.
If you are interested in joining a learning pod, please fill out this form. We will then group your student by course and by school. You will hear from us within 72 hours of submission.
Our intention is for your student to thrive, not just survive!