Nautilus Learning Pods

A Unique Program for Unique Times

Why select a Pod Leader through Nautilus Learning Pods over home schooling or hiring a sitter? A Pod Leader is more than a nanny or babysitter. Pod Leaders wear multiple hats: tutor, coach, facilitator, mentor. Successful Pod Leaders know how to create and maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment; are able to support learning; and have expertise in youth development so kids can learn, grow and have fun in their pod.

Training and Experience

Our Pod Leaders not only have experience and background working with children, they are trained specifically in working with Pods. Our Pod Leaders are trained in the following:

  • Communication with families

  • Building positive relationships with students

  • Educational best practices

  • Safety and Health concerns during Covid-19

  • Youth Mental Heath during Covid-19

  • Group behavior management

  • Social and Racial Justice in Educational Settings

  • Safety and Abuse Prevention

  • CPR/First Aid

Specialty Experiences:

For Pods that meet more than 3 hours a day or 3 times a week, our Pod Leaders also provide enrichment opportunities for all students as time allows. 

Service Learning

As part of our community-minded mission, Nautilus Learning Pods have the opportunity for a Service Learning Component.  Service learning requires students to use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. It differs from community service in that the chosen activity integrates with academics and is often student led. 

Service learning allows students to:

  • Develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, decision making, collaboration and communication

  • Build positive relationships with community members

  • Connect their experiences to academic subjects

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves and empathy and respect for others

  • Apply their energy and creativity to community needs 

  • Increase public awareness of key social issues

STEAM

Pod Leaders will not only lead children in their assigned tasks provided by the district, but Pods that meet for longer sessions or multiple days will take part in enrichment activities that integrate science, technology, art and math through hands-on learning and deep investigations. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education allows students to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. STEAM learning environments are fluid, dynamic, and relevant. 

 

Fall 2020 will have students diving into STEAM Outside where students will discover how math, science, art and the natural world interact.  Beginning with the Fibonacci Sequence, children will uncover the mysterious pattern that seems to flow through many forms of flora and fauna, making many wonder: is math the key to the universe?  Then, curious kids will examine fractals; beautiful shapes found in the branches of trees, lightning bolts across the sky, and the patterns rivers make as they flow.  With all their discoveries, campers will use their creative energy to make beautiful art reminding them that the natural world is infinitely full of wonder! 

STEAM Learning allows students to:

  • Develop creative problem-solving skills and apply the creative process 

  • Participate in meaningful collaboration, developing teamwork and social skills 

  • Develop motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness

  • Provides hands-on learning experiences

  • Boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world

  • Provides challenges for learners at all levels

  • Connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world

Mindfulness

Especially during these difficult times, a focus on mindfulness is a benefit to all students.  Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, states “Incorporating mindfulness into education has been linked to improving academic and social and emotional learning. Also, mindfulness strengthens some underlying development processes—such as focus, resilience, and self-soothing—that will help kids in the long run.”  Pod Leaders incorporate breathing, positive self-talk, gratitude and movement into the mix of daily activities to help students ease anxiety, focus and learn. 

Assurance

Nautilus Learning Pods provide assurance that you may not find when hiring a nanny or sitter on your own.  We are fully insured, providing an extra layer of safety for all of our families.  Our Pod Leaders are pre-screened and must pass an extensive background check.  Additionally, we believe all workers deserve a living-wage.  Our Pod Leaders may be choose to be salaried or work as hourly employees and are eligible to receive health and dental benefits.  Unlike paying a nanny or sitter, Nautilus Learning Pods is will handle the taxes and payroll for your Pod Leader. 

Jessica Wexler, MA Ed

Founder and Director

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Jessica Wexler is the Executive Director of Girls Rock Math, a math and STEM enrichment program and summer camp in Seattle, WA.  Founded in 2012, Girls Rock Math serves around 1,000 families annually.  As Director, Jessica has hired and trained hundreds of teachers, leaders and volunteers to work with the youth who participate in Girls Rock Math.  With established experience hiring educators and developing youth programs, as a curriculum developer and teacher, Nautilus Learning Pods is a natural pivot into a new kind of education for our children. As a single parent who knows how hard it is to work from home when schools are closed, she has a deep understanding of the challenges families are facing during this unprecedented time.

 

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, Masters in Elementary Education from Antioch University, and Masters in Education in Leadership in STEM Education from University of Southern California. She began her teaching career in 2004 and has taught in New York City, Bellevue and Bainbridge Island, with 15 years of classroom experience.