School leaders are making on-the-fly adjustments to online learning approaches as they encounter various challenges and barriers. Northshore School District in Seattle has shifted to direct instruction on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with small group and intervention approaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic could be permanent changes in how workplaces and communities function, which could mean increased trust if employers recognize the opportunity, writes Barbara Brooks Kimmel, founder of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. "Perhaps the time has come, or is past due, to redesign support systems that not only build trust between employers and employees, but also offer better benefits including counseling services during times of isolation and/or personal crisis," she writes.
Crest Middle School chorus teacher Julia DeSerio is leading daily singalongs via Google Hangouts for students during the school's closure, sharing lyrics and accompanying students on piano. The N.C. teacher has moved away from sheet music and turned to pop songs about positivity.
School nutrition professionals in South Carolina are reporting an uptick in demand for free school meals as schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meantime, officials report the pandemic has affected food availability and are seeking leeway from the federal government for the types of foods eligible for federal reimbursement.
Educators in a Texas district helped distribute band instruments to middle- and high-school students this week so the students could continue practicing at home. "A lot of kids have that feeling of being cooped up, and this a chance for them to play and express themselves in a unique way," Nederland High School Band Director Greg Rose said.
Dover Middle School special-education teacher Matt LeBlanc raised $2,115 from 76 donors by running a marathon -- 623 laps -- in his back yard. The money, raised using a GoFundMe page, will be donated to the Community Food Pantry in Somersworth, N.H.
Middle-school teacher Laura Hanby Hudgens in this opinion piece explains how books that feature a hero's journey can foster students' confidence and resilience during this time of uncertainty. "Great literature has always provided readers with a means for understanding their own experiences," she writes.
Principal Chad Stone at Eighth Street Middle School in Georgia is hoping to provide a sense of normalcy for students during the campus closure by starting each school day with morning announcements via Facebook, including a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Teachers as well as students have also led the morning ritual.
Some employers are trying to keep ties with furloughed or laid-off employees in hopes of quickly rehiring them after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Whether employers will be able to rehire will depend on the rebound from the current recession.
Education officials in California are letting parents and students know that the school year is ongoing despite campus closures. While adaptations are being made to requirements for passing grades and graduation, the education curriculum has shifted to a remote, largely online delivery system as school closures are now expected to extend longer than originally anticipated.
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