Pods in Action

Community Works

Published in: Center on Reinventing Public Education website (2022)

Posted on RAND.org on July 01, 2022

by Heather Gomez-Bendaña, Elizabeth D. Steiner

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Before the pandemic, Community Works in New Orleans, Louisiana ran large- group (100- to 200-student) after-school and out-of-school-time programs that integrated enrichment and academics for youth in grades K–8. When school buildings closed in March 2020, Community Works started offering more versatile programming options to meet the needs of their students, inclusive of various virtual programs and some in-person after- school and daytime programs. They then shifted their focus from their virtual programming options to facilitate operation of two learning pods, one funded and located within the local K–8 public school for the children of teachers and one composed of mostly homeschooled students that was housed in their office building and funded by the Vela Education Fund.

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