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Acera’s Pop Up School returns for 2020-21 school year

For parents looking for a substantive and engaging virtual learning option during the continued need for social distancing, Acera’s Pop Up School is a fully remote program open to all students in grades 4-10. Families may register for one… Read More

One response to the Covid crisis? A Pop Up School

By Courtney Dickinson  “It is Lord of the Flies, over here. I have a job, and I am not an educator.” “The assignments being sent by school do not engage my child. They don’t fit him, and they… Read More

Scenes from Acera Summer Camp

Happy summer! Though we wish we could see all of our wonderful campers in person, we couldn’t be prouder of our instructors and students, who have shown true creativity, flexibility, and resilience in designing and actively participating in… Read More

What to look for in a remote summer camp

By Courtney Dickinson Covid has dramatically changed the summer of 2020. Programs that parents painstakingly identified are cancelled outright or transitioning to remote summer camp models. How can we, as parents, ensure that our kids have an engaging… Read More

10 netiquette & remote schooling norms families need to know

By Courtney Dickinson @CourtneyofAcera In this era of remote schooling, there are new tech platform norms and social coaching advice that we, as parents and educators, need to expressly spell out for our children. Framing “netiquette norms” and… Read More

Enrichment at Home: Snail Mail

We’re all finding new ways to stay in touch with loved ones these days: Zoom and other video conferencing tools are now home to our family game nights, birthday parties, pizza parties, scavenger hunts (i.e. “Find something in your… Read More

Remote learning is the new normal, now what?

By Courtney Dickinson Seemingly overnight, schools everywhere have transitioned to a remote educational model for the foreseeable future as we enter a period of extended social distancing. For school leaders and families who are trying to adapt to… Read More

Enrichment at Home: In the Kitchen!

The kitchen is full of possibilities for connecting as a family. While we continue to stay at home together, we’ve made all kinds of things – only some of them edible! – in the kitchen: The Marchesano family,… Read More

Enrichment at Home: Make, Move, Connect

In this uncharted territory of extended time at home, families all over are finding creative ways to nurture an “enriching” experience for their children. The stories of kitchen counter science experiments, living room dance parties, and virtual game… Read More

How to stay connected during extended social distancing

Kids (and adults!) need to feel connected during this time of extended social distancing. Many of us are mourning the loss of gatherings, concerts, on-site classes, and other events that we love. These feelings are real and valid…. Read More