Silver / Learning Coach Plan
Answers to your questions about Pod + Classes (Silver) Plan
HOW DO STUDENTS INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER?
Inspired offers a social framework that supports student interaction in multiple ways:
Pod Check-ins - daily online meeting with your Pod for Group Connection Activities, PragerU video discussion, and the like; a Start-the-Day ritual to get everyone going
Crew Huddles - students meet with their Support Crew once at the beginning of the day to set goals and then again at the end of the day to reflect on progress made
Students are likely to take the some of the same Inspired Virtual classes for more shared experiences
HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED INTO PODS?
Initially students will simply choose a Pod that is for their age group and at a time that works for them. As more students join, there could be location-based pods where members can hold local meetups and meet in-person!
WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?
Students work with a parent to choose curriculum and courses. There are a wide variety of excellent online learning resources, including those offered on Inspired Virtual, and students can choose which resources work best for their style of learning from a variety of sources. They can encourage a Podmate to join them in a class for a shared experience. Or they may get interested in something they hadn't considered when they see what other members of their Pod are doing.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRED LEARNING CYCLE?
The Inspired Learning Cycle can be expressed as the acronym IIPEAR: Inspire - Intend - Plan - Execute - Assess - Reflect. Students spend the first week of the cycle getting Inspired, making Intentions for learning (creating their schedule, committing to classes), and Planning their learning. Depending on when they start, students spend ~14 weeks Executing this learning plan. The last two weeks of the cycle are spent preparing for Presentation Night, Assessing progress and outcomes, and Reflecting on the learning cycle.
The Inspired Learning Cycle is designed to model successful real-world learning vs. traditional school-environment-only learning.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Students start their day by joining a Zoom call at their scheduled Pod Check-in time for a Start-the-Day ritual that builds community and connection. At the end of this Check-in, they separate into breakout rooms for a Crew Huddle with their Support Crew to complete the daily entry in their Working Journals and to exchange goals for the day. They follow their schedule (created the first week of the semester) and attend a mix of group project meetings, live, flex or self-paced online classes, and independent studies. At the end of the day, they hop onto a Zoom call for another Crew Huddle, this time for accountability checks on their progress for the day and to complete the end-of-day time tracking log in their Working Journal. They may spend some time in the evening working on projects and assignments, taking one of their classes, or joining others for club activities.
ARE THERE GRADES?
Grades will depend on the courses chosen and the homeschool parent's choice.
ARE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO TAKE STATE STANDARDIZED TESTS?
Inspired does not require or administer standardized tests. Some states may require them per their homeschool requirements.
HOW FLEXIBLE ARE YOU WITH SCHEDULING?
We understand that some students are pursuing special talents that may require a specific practice or training schedule. That is the beauty of personalized schedules. While we are flexible, we do ask that students attend their daily Check-ins if possible to build community and a sense of belonging.
ARE YOU ACCREDITED?
Inspired is not accredited in the same way that homeschools are not accredited. Colleges and universities do not hesitate to admit homeschool applicants (some even recruit them). The same is true for the Inspired graduate.
DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS?
Parents would be responsible for creating a homeschool transcript. If you are interested in an official transcript from Inspired Virtual, consider a Pod w/Learning Coach (Gold).
DO YOU PROVIDE A DIPLOMA?
Parents can provide a homeschool diploma. (If you'd like a diploma from Inspired Virtual, consider a Pod w/Learning Coach (Gold).)