Marc Brackett, a professor at Yale University and the director of its Center for Emotional Intelligence, says teaching social and emotional learning is critical during this time of uncertainty. Some teachers are supporting SEL remotely, including by sending daily notes, conducting morning meetings to build community and doing frequent check-ins.
To bring prospective students on campus virtually, the University of Illinois Urbana—Champaign is replacing traditional campus tours with video ones in a new YouTube series called Touring Time. Potential students can visit campus landmarks, hear stories from current students and take part in online informational sessions.
This is a challenging time for students and staff, writes Rita Platt, a principal in Wisconsin. In this blog post, she offers several strategies to help lead through this crisis and support the school community, including recognizing that change will be constant and focusing on core values.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed racial and class divides in our education system, asserts Katya Fels Smyth, founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative. In this commentary, she suggests ways to promote equity during this time of crisis and beyond, including distributing necessary hardware to every teacher and student in the US and ensuring they have access to broadband.
A longstanding collision between the Milky Way and an unknown smaller galaxy may be the reason why our galaxy appears warped, according to data collected by the European Space Agency's Gaia space probe and published in Nature Astronomy. The dwarf galaxy Sagittarius is a possible culprit, and more observations by Gaia over the next two years might clear the matter up, researchers say.
Career and technical education teachers in Illinois are making and giving away face shields to be used by those on the front lines of the coronavirus public health emergency. Mark Denzler, IMA president and CEO, and the co-chairman of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's new Essential Equipment Task Force, says this crisis underscores the importance of preparing students for careers in manufacturing.
Seventh-grade math teacher Morgan Stipe was already using Google Classroom and students were able to smoothly and quickly transition to online learning. She says students reviewed operations with rational numbers during their first full week at home and she plans to move on to angle measures and equations next.
Lynn Moody, superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury School System, in this Q&A talks about how she used technology and innovation to help students find their passions. She also talks about leading a digital conversion, becoming a renewal district that has the flexibility of a charter school, and developing students' interpersonal skills to help them succeed in the future.
Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Idaho and Washington are waiving certain graduation requirements and other states are working on decisions around graduation requirements. Some states are waiving core credit requirements, using "pass" or "no credit" in place of letter grades, and scaling back requirements in areas such as community service and internships.
The coronavirus outbreak is affording some students the opportunity for a break from the stress of school as data show about one in three adolescents has an anxiety disorder.
In this opinion article, Lenore Skenazy and Peter Gray, of the nonprofit Let Grow, write that this "course correction" is not as anyone would have wanted it but say it offers students a chance to do their assignment: "Do something new, on your own, without your parents."
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