Patriot Learning Pod survey open through Friday; staff positions available


George Mason University is establishing the Patriot Learning Pod, a proctored self-study learning environment for children of faculty and staff. The Patriot Learning Pod will provide a proctored environment where children can complete their virtual schoolwork while parents come to work at the Fairfax Campus. The pod will be for children ages 6-12.

Parents who have interest in the Patriot Learning Pod should fill out this survey, which is open through Friday, Jan. 8. The survey is the preliminary application for the Patriot Learning Pod, but it does not guarantee enrollment, which is expected to use a lottery structure if needed. If an employee’s child is admitted, their space will not be secured until the parent completes additional registration forms, and submits payment. Information about these forms, and payment will be sent in January.

Employees who are not ready to apply for the learning pod but might be interested in the future are encouraged to fill out the survey to help anticipate demand. This will so enable them stay on the mailing list for future updates.

Mason is hiring an assistant director, a manager and room proctors for the Patriot Learning Pod. Jobs are posted at At least one year of experience with elementary school-age children is required for the proctor positions, with coursework in early childhood education preferred.

The assistant director position requires at least three years of experience working with elementary school children, as well as relevant graduate-level college coursework in early childhood education or child development. The part-time pod manager position also requires a minimum of three years of experience working with elementary school children, with relevant college coursework or equivalent experience in early childhood education or child development preferred. Detailed job descriptions and application requirements can be found by searching the keywords “patriot pod” on the job listings page at