Coronavirus and Education

Institutions scramble to recruit and retain international students – Education Article

Shuai “Eddy” Jiang, a rising junior at Boston College, on Acorn Street in Boston. Jiang is from China and chose to remain in Massachusetts through the pandemic. Many colleges and universities anticipate a sharp decrease in international students for fall 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Shuai Eddy Jiang. When Boston College started emptying dorms and moving classes online because of the coronavirus, Shuai “Eddy” Jiang thought about where he should live during the pandemic. “The question was if I should go…

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Without more federal funds, half of all child care centers could close forever – Education Article

A child plays outside at a child care center in Texas. Experts caution an estimated 50 percent of licensed child care centers in the nation are at risk of closing permanently if the federal government does not provide more funding. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report As the days of a national shutdown stretched on, Aliya Johnson-Roberts knew she would have to start cutting employees’ hours and laying off some of her staff. When her child care center in northeast Philadelphia…

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Bonds between teachers are vital to student success – Education Article

As a former English teacher, I know how important it is to build strong relationships with students and their families. In communities across our country, the general consensus is that this relationship is critical to student success. However, an equally important yet often-overlooked relationship is the bond between teachers. The coronavirus has shown each of us how vital the teacher-to-teacher connection truly is. A year before the pandemic began, my school district examined how this connection could help guide a student’s…

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Minority serving institutions and the financial impact of CARES – Education Article

Because CARES Act money can be given only to students eligible for financial aid, Deborah Santiago, chief executive officer of Excelencia in Education, is worried about the many low-income or first-generation students who don’t know how to properly apply for aid. Credit: Delece Smith-Barrow/The Hechinger Report WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colleges and universities that primarily serve minority students may fare worse than others in receiving aid from the CARES Act, the government’s recent coronavirus stimulus package. At the beginning of the…

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To do remote learning well, teachers need lots of training – Education Article

After the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy announced on Friday, March 13, that it would shift its 11 schools to online learning because of the coronavirus crisis, teacher Theresa Ordell switched to high gear. The next Monday she was at her school, South Phoenix Primary and Intermediate, to get ready. Experts say teachers need weeks — if not months — of training to develop and implement an online class. Many districts provided teachers a crash course in using online platforms,…

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Low-income students face obstacles in managing their online education – Education Article

Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley. He preferred to work at night when it was quiet, and the distractions of the day didn’t pull at his mind. But last week, with the campus closed due to the coronavirus, his refuge and the resources that came with it were suddenly gone. He spent more than one morning at his family’s kitchen table, staring at his laptop, his thoughts frayed. He was looking…

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