Navigating Back-to-School in 2020

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An open discussion about learning pods, remote classes, and hybrid schools in Fall 2020.

Back-to-School 2020

Hybrid Schooling

Back-to-School 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic is still in full force, and that means schools will continue to look different this fall. This is a stressful time for parents -- you want to make sure you’re setting your children up for success, but there are a lot of new options to navigate.

Join the discussion around how to best support your child through learning pods, hybrid schooling, or remote learning


Here’s what we know

Public Schools are using a hybrid approach, where students are in school 2 days a week and learning independently at home the remaining days. 

Private schools are developing their own approaches, with everything from in-person learning to fully remote options.

Parents are scrambling to find safe childcare for their children and many are considering forming their own “learning pods” (also known as micro-schools) with other families.

With so many options available, how do you know where to start?

Part Presentation and Part Discussion

We’ll begin by providing you with background information about your options and then allow time for you to process through your questions.

In this VIRTUAL Townhall Webinar...

We’ll take you through the different educational options available to your family, as well as some key questions and considerations. In addition to looking at hybrid and remote learning, we’ll take a close look at the advantages and disadvantages of learning pods, including:

  • What is a learning pod.
  • Why you might want to consider one (or not).
  • What equity issues surrounding learning pods, and why it’s an option for some parents, but not others.
  • Where to find safe and nurturing spaces for children to learn and grow, while staying safe and following public health guidelines.
  • How to structure your learning pod for academic success, find an educator, access tools and resources, and the potential costs are associated.

You want what’s best for your child. That means engaging in open discussion and honest conversation about the options available.

Learn from local educational experts

Join Lemi and Grace

Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

Founder, The Critical Thinking Child

Lemi-Ola Erinkitola is an award-winning educator, parent coach, children's author and the founder of The Critical Thinking Child. Her life work and passion is helping parents nurture their child's academic potential in an engaging and joyful way so kids can fast track learning, discover their gifts and reclaim family time. Lemi’s passion for education has led her to develop proven frameworks that foster academic achievement and critical thinking skills while also encouraging confidence, mindfulness, and fun. In 2020, Erinkitola was awarded a Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) Educator of the Year award for her significant contributions to the education sector. She is certified in Social-Emotional Learning and Vedic Mathematics.

Grace Lee Sawin

Co-founder, Chicago School GPS

Grace has always felt that the most important role of a parent is to provide the best possible education for her children by putting in all the time and research required to successfully make that happen. Little did she know how MUCH time and research she would have to do to get her daughters into a sought-after private Montessori for preschool, then into a well-regarded selective enrollment elementary program followed by a top selective enrollment high school and her oldest to an Ivy League university.  Throughout the years, Grace has seen the school choice landscape change in Chicago, with more options for all types of students. She thrives on uncovering “hidden” info others simply don’t have time to uncover, and is excited to share that info with you. She firmly believes a great education is a right, not a privilege.

Prepare your child for the upcoming school year

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