John Barnhardt, the new president and CEO of Bishop McNamara High School in Maryland, says his spirit and beliefs are aligned with the mission of the school and that he was "called" to the new role. Barnhardt says he plans to serve as "a model every day not only for our students but sometimes more importantly for our faculty and our families that brings a lot of life."
Eighty-seven percent of K-12 schools expect to use more technology in instruction, and 61% anticipate they will at least start the school year with some form of blended learning, according to a survey by Microsoft. Anthony Salcito, vice president of Microsoft Education, says feedback indicates that "blended hybrid learning will become the new normal for schools."
To help prevent summer learning loss -- particularly in literacy -- public and school librarians are working to help expand students' access to books and learning opportunities. At one school, library staff worked to select books across multiple genres and allow students to make their selections online.
Middle-school students from the Arlington Soccer Association in Virginia raised nearly $10,000 for a local food bank via running. The 15 girls, whose season was cancelled, reached out to sponsors and ran nearly 400 miles total over two weeks.
Justin Uppinghouse, executive principal at an elementary school in Nashville, set his teachers' schedules so that each day there is room for professional development. The school added several positions to its Related Arts team, which allows students to have back-to-back Related Arts classes and teachers to have back-to-back planning and professional development blocks.
Catholic-school graduates in Maryland this year have experienced challenges, including an abrupt end to the school year and economic hardship, because of the coronavirus pandemic. In this article, Catherine Kinkopf, who attended Notre Dame Preparatory School, shared that while the pandemic has been challenging, it does not diminish students' accomplishments.
Communication is key between a teacher and an assistant or paraprofessional -- regarding each student as well as each other, says education consultant Angela Peery. In this blog post, veteran special-education teacher and author Elizabeth Stein also weighs in, outlining a three-step cycle for working together that is based on "communication, reflection and action."
Ajit Pai, the leader of the Federal Communications Commission, is lobbying Congress to appropriate additional funds for remote education. He says that "the results speak for themselves" as health care providers accomplish "groundbreaking things" during the ongoing pandemic.
The Diocese of Greensburg in Pennsylvania has received a record-breaking donation of $2.4 million -- given anonymously -- that officials say will help cover scholarships and tuition assistance for students. The funds are part of the Saint Pope John Paul II Tuition Opportunity Partnership.
This year would have marked the 73rd year of the Catholic Youth Camp in Minnesota, but the coronavirus pandemic has canceled plans to hold the annual camp. The weeklong camp typically includes activities such as archery and swimming and is an opportunity for the roughly 600 attendees to celebrate their faith.