Watch a 3-minute summary video of the panel discussion exploring hybrid homeschooling.
Schooling changed a lot during the pandemic era as more and more families sought alternative ways to meet their children’s educational needs, while keeping them safe. Newly released US Census data show the number of homeschooled students more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, rising to 11.1%.
Notably, the proportion of Black homeschoolers increased fivefold, from 3.3% in late spring to 16.1% in the fall.
During VELA Education Fund’s webinar and discussion on hybrid homeschooling, panelists and participants noted that the homeschooling trend appears set to continue as the pandemic subsides.
“It’s been wild,” said Mike McShane, author of Hybrid Homeschooling. “In our [EdChoice] polls we are finding that north of 40% of parents report they prefer some sort of a hybrid model. I think there’s a lot of interest out there, and the pandemic played a big role in that.”
Hybrid Homeschooling is a combination of homeschooling and in-classroom learning. Panelists discussed why the model is appealing to families, what funding sources are available to homeschooling families, and how policies can advance or challenge this model.
“A lot of parents are saying they can see the benefits their kids are getting by learning at home and at their own pace,” said Domari Dickenson, educator and parenting coach. “They say, ‘I don’t know if I want to send them back after the pandemic where they don’t have that option.’ Hybrid homeschooling is a great choice.”
Amber Shimel, a hybrid homeschooling parent and blogger (amberlikes.com), offered her personal experience homeschooling her five children and pointed to resources available to support parents new to the model.
Watch the full discussion here.