The Rev. Jason McClure, a teacher, chaplain and campus minister at Owensboro Catholic High School in Kentucky, said his primary goal is to lead students to Jesus Christ and "to have a relationship with Jesus Christ through His church." McClure said it was his positive experiences with priests growing up that led him to where he is today.
California middle-school social studies and language arts teacher Andi Jackson describes in this blog post how she forges a community in her classroom by having students participate in co-creating an online code of conduct and completing the 6-Word Memoirs project. These activities help bond the students together as "fearless learners," says Jackson.
Delaware middle-school English teacher Theresa Gray has devised a course that uses tabletop games as a teaching tool. The course, titled Brain Games, will be offered to eighth-grade students and can help students with skills in probability and public speaking as well as offering opportunities for social engagement, Gray says.
Organizational change management may help education leaders reduce resistance as they adapt their districts or departments to remote education this fall, writes Lenny Schad, former CIO of the Houston Independent School District. A key element, Schad says, is developing a "change agent network" of teachers and staff who will be positive forces for creating this new educational culture.
A survey released by the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found that 44% of parents were worried their children would catch COVID-19 at school and transmit it to vulnerable family members. The findings, based on data involving almost 700 parents with children from kindergarten to grade 12, also showed that 38% were worried their children could fall behind academically with online learning, while 36% expressed concern regarding the hurdles and challenges associated with online learning.
The South Bronx Early College Academy in New York is providing 2,000 books by authors of color to students and holding virtual book clubs to discuss them. The cost of the books was covered by a fundraiser organized by school board member Jodi Benjamin-Schneider.
Flexible school leaders can counter the pandemic-related disruption of teacher training, hiring and evaluation and can take advantage of remote schooling to encourage teacher candidates from outside the local area, research from Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and Results For America finds. Additional research shows that grow-your-own programs that recruit high-school students to pursue teaching are another successful way to reduce teacher shortages.
Sandra Paul, director of information technology at New Jersey's Township of Union Public Schools, in this Q&A shares how the district is working to ensure each K-12 student has a school-supplied Chromebook this fall. The district uses Go Guardian software to filter website choices, provide synchronicity and allow teachers to better monitor students' work, Paul says.
Maine is among eleven states chosen to reinvent remote learning through the Rethink K-12 Education Models program with funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The state received $16.9 million and will focus on strategies for online learning, outdoor education, multiple and flexible pathways, and extended learning opportunities.
Sixth-grade teacher Rachel Salomon, whose father is a Holocaust survivor, has created a version of a permanent exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum at New Hope Middle School in Georgia. The project involves having students design canvas-on-cardboard tiles depicting how studying the Holocaust has affected them and then displaying the tiles in a hall at the school.