Tennessee-based software company Write About has announced several updates to its online platform that include several new features for students and educators, as well as an all-new elementary school curriculum for parents of homeschooled students.
Tennessee-based software company Write About has announced several updates to its online platform that include several new features for students and educators, as well as an all-new elementary school curriculum for parents of homeschooled students. The company is currently planning to launch more services in this particular sector in the coming year.
There are 37 million homeschooling students in the US alone as of 2022. Parents homeschool for many reasons, although one of the most important reasons is academics, as homeschooled students routinely outperform institutional students academically. Other parents are homeschooling for safety reasons as school shootings continue to rise (40 shootings in 2022 alone!). Another reason is religion; But the biggest reason in recent years has been forced homeschooling due to the pandemic.
When schools closed during COVID, many parents found themselves in a situation they never thought they would be. Families have had to change and compromise to make the new norm work until schools reopen. But when that happened, many families liked their new way of doing things and chose to continue homeschooling. Before COVID, about 3% of US students were homeschooled, according to the US Census Bureau. Across 18 states that shared data during the 2022 school year, the number of homeschoolers increased 63% in the 2020-2021 school year — but only decreased about 17% in the 2021-2022 school year.
As such, there is a greater need than before the pandemic for a variety of homeschool resources to be in place. With so many families having no choice but to study at home during the pandemic, it’s entirely possible that the idea will become significantly more mainstream. However, there are several factors families need to consider, including the costs involved; It typically costs between $700 and $1,800 to homeschool a child annually. These costs can be reduced by openly enrolling in local public schools and/or using resources that offer better bang for the buck – resources like Write About. Parents can create teacher accounts and use the 14-day free trial before upgrading to a subscription for unlimited access.
The new Write About Homeschool curriculum focuses on more independent learning rather than a curriculum dependent on a classroom environment. Perhaps more importantly, Write About creates a digital community that is extremely important in helping homeschooling students connect, meet new people, and share ideas from their peers. Feedback is a crucial tool when it comes to writing; In the past, homeschooled students were limited solely to feedback from their parents. With the Write About online community, that feedback is now available to thousands of other students writing about the same things.
The Write About team, led by CEO Nate Ollie and Chief Product Officer (CPO) Jasmine Jackson, is excited about the company’s latest developments and expansion into homeschooling. “Over the next five years,” says Nate Ollie, “our goal is to have positively impacted the educational experience of 1 million students worldwide by diversifying their vocabulary and increasing their writing versatility in terms of language and conventions.”
This, he adds, includes students who are homeschooled. “Write About takes a simplified approach to address the learning needs uncovered during COVID and the gaps that already exist,” he says.
The team is also excited to move forward with new platform features available to all students, whether they are in public school, private school, or homeschool. “These new developments give Write About the opportunity to directly address student learning loss caused by COVID,” says Ollie. “The new features allow for an additional intervention that teachers can use alongside established curricula.”
For the many families who never homeschooled before the pandemic but have chosen to continue doing so since schools reopened, there’s still a learning curve – but it needn’t negatively impact students. “We’re here to support homeschool families,” says Ollie. “Our curriculum prior to the update was compatible with homeschooling, but the new updates address that directly.”
Write About is a web-based software platform that offers educators support in a variety of writing topics. The site provides instructional resources, writing prompts, grammar practice, paragraph and essay writing lessons, professional development services, among others. The company provides content for public and private schools as well as homeschooling.
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