Parents are struggling with managing their child(ren)’s remote learning. Since schools first went remote in the Spring of 2020, all stakeholders — schools, teachers, families, students — have been trying to figure out the best supports for virtual instruction.
While one of the earlier solutions was learning pods, quickly rising as a new, more affordable and accessible support is remote learning and education coaching. Some may be familiar with the idea of family coaching — coaching traditionally focused on family dynamics — but family education coaching supports parents and guardians on issues stemming from remote learning, and is typically done by master teachers and education experts. At the foundation of family education coaching, Selected Specialists focus on academic and instructional challenges, as well as the ways remote learning has impacted the lives of children and adults alike.
What is Remote Learning and Education Coaching?
Remote Learning and Education Coaching aims to improve academic outcomes for your child(ren) as well help you find the social-emotional support we could all use during this time. A coach or a specialist is a person that has extensive knowledge and experience in a specific area you want to improve. Generally, a specialist helps parents and guardians better understand best practices and strategies to use in order to improve academics, behaviors, and mindsets as they relate to in-home instruction.
Like traditional family coaches, holistic specialists can also help you navigate and clarify what is at the root of challenging family dynamics associated with remote working and learning — and what is needed to help get you (and your kids) over these new hurdles.
Why is Remote Learning and Education Coaching so important?
The teacher’s hat is clearly not a one size fits all, and being a parent at this stage of the pandemic is hard. Really hard. No matter what “Back to School” looked like this year, it’s abundantly clear that it has required a new level of support for those charged with keeping the family together: parents and guardians.
As states across the country continue to battle COVID cases, the challenges with virtual learning and remote instruction are likely to continue. The solution now is not to create a better learning pod — it is to create a better experience for all parties involved (parents included). And family education coaching can definitely help.
Aimed at providing parents and guardians the necessary tools to manage their child(ren)’s development, sessions with a coach or specialist can lead to:
Coaching support can be provided through 1:1 calls, e-mail, or by joining webinar sessions aimed at specific topics of interest. Ongoing communication with your coach can even be as informal as a text message — allowing you to reach out whenever a new academic or behavioral challenge presents itself.
Who Benefits from Remote Learning and Education Coaching?
Quite simply, the entire family. The benefits of working with a coach or specialist are unique to each household, and helping even one member of the family tends to result in a positive domino effect for other members. But let’s get a general idea:
Parents/Guardians as it relates to their child’s academic success:
Parents/Guardians as it relates to their own social-emotional well being:
Benefits are clearly dependent on the individual or family goals set in place, as well as how closely you are following the strategies. But it’s also clear that coaching can help with a multitude of challenges and hurdles.
Pro Tip: Effective coaching requires a certain level of vulnerability, open communication, trust, and transparency, which are key to building and executing a successful plan. Read our coaches’ bios to find the right-fit for you and your family or take our quick baseline needs assessment and let us do the matching for you.
If you’re overwhelmed with juggling work responsibilities, household activities, relationship duties, and managing your child(ren)’s remote learning, you’re not alone. And while there is no short answer in tackling everything on the never-ending to-do lists of this new “normal,” family education coaching can help. Let our coaches and specialists lift some of that burden and offer solutions that have saved many a teacher in their first years in the classroom, too.
At Selected for Families, we strive to support your child(ren)’s education by supporting you. We want you to be the best parent-teacher you can be. You can receive coaching from our specialists — experts in childhood education, special education, holistic wellness, and so much more.
Our network of qualified, professional teachers at Selected allows us to prepare sessions and consultations tailored to each of your family’s needs. Learn more about how to be the best parent-teacher and match with a specialist hand-picked to help you navigate the remote learning environment.