All across the country, in traditional public, public charter, and private schools, entrepreneurial educators are experimenting with the school day and school week. Hybrid Homeschools have students attend traditional classes in a brick-and-mortar school for some part of the week and homeschool for the rest of the week. Some do two days at home and three days at school, others the inverse, and still others split between four days at home or school and one day at the other.
This book dives deep into hybrid homeschooling. It describes the history of hybrid homeschooling, the different types of hybrid homeschools operating around the country, and the policies that can both promote and thwart it. At the heart of the book are the stories of hybrid homeschoolers themselves. Based on numerous in-depth interviews, the book tells the story of hybrid homeschooling from both the family and educator perspective.
Michael McShane is director of national research at EdChoice. He writes extensively about school choice, educational entrepreneurship, innovation, and education policy.
Chapter 1-An Overview of Homeschooling
Chapter 2-What is Hybrid Homeschooling?
Chapter 3-Focus on the Families
Chapter 4-Teaching in a Hybrid Model
Chapter 5-The Power of Policy
Chapter 6-The Process of Innovation
Appendix: So You Think You Want to Hybrid Homeschool?
About the Author
Hybrid learning and homeschooling have become prominent models over the past school year as millions more students learned from home, whether part or full time, during the coronavirus pandemic. Against that backdrop, Mike McShane’s new book, Hybrid Homeschooling, would seem both topical and timely. It is both of those things, but not for reasons directly related to the pandemic or the various phenomena of blended and remote learning that became so widespread in much of the country beginning in March 2020.... The book serves ultimately as a survey-level primer on this phenomenon, which is an important one to understand because hybrid homeschooling may make homeschooling and school choice more accessible to millions of families in the years ahead.
A quiet, readable, encouraging guide to parents and educators, filled with examples, anecdotes and first-person accounts, on what may be the fastest growing sector in American education.
Mike McShane provides a fascinating look into the world of hybrid homeschooling, profiling the families and educators that make it happen and the policies that can advance or threaten this choice. This book is a roadmap for understanding how schools can successfully work with families and leverage technology. The hybrid homeschooling model will shape the future of education.