COVID-19

Kansas Preschool Teacher Is the 2020 National Teacher of the Year – Education Article

2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy Meet the new National Teacher of the Year! Preschool teacher Tabatha Rosproy, a Kansas-NEA member, is the first early childhood educator to win the honor, which is given annually by the Council of Chief State School Officers. “I am so honored to have been chosen to represent the incredible educators in our nation,” said Rosproy, in a statement. As National Teacher of the Year, Rosproy said she hopes to shine a light…

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Opinion: Right Now Things Are Hard, But It’s Going to Be Fine – Education Article

Right now, things are hard. Nothing feels fine, or normal. As we all know, teaching in person is different than teaching online. There are many things that we as educators are dealing with right now. How do we ensure that our students are learning, when there are some students without the ability to attend online school? What about the students who are working, or helping watch their siblings? What about students who rely on schools for two of their three…

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Why High Stakes Testing Was Cancelled This Year (and Probably Will Be Next Year, Too) – Education Article

 There are at least two silver linings to the current Coronavirus catastrophe for education.   One – with nearly all public schools closed, March was the first month since 2002 without a school shooting.   Two – districts nationwide cancelled high stakes standardized tests in April and May.   Taken together, these are two victories that no one could have predicted before November.   Gun safety restrictions remain laughably lax in the US compared to the rest of the world.…

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Practicing mindfulness amidst uncertainty – USAPracticing mindfulness amidst uncertainty – Education Article

Similar to the experiences of many college students from around the world, my semester on campus came to an abrupt end when universities transitioned to online learning due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. I found myself in a situation that I had not anticipated and never experienced before. I was packing my belongings and moving back to my childhood home, with news of the cancellation of my summer internship and fall study abroad program weighing heavily on my mind. I…

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Opinion: Teacher Tribes, Now More Important Than Ever – Education Article

by Elizabeth Schreidber M.Ed. Isolation, self-doubt, insecurity, fear, fatigue, depression, loneliness, anxiety, insomnia, stress, disconnect, disinterest, sorrow, lethargy, grief, frustration, irritability, distress, the list goes on and on. Welcome to COVID-19 distance learning. As teachers we discuss regularly how our students and families are experiencing each of these emotions, we take it on as the next part of our job description, and we do everything within our power to soothe it, relieve it, heal it. But do we ever really…

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Mike Turzai is Willing to Sacrifice Pennsylvania’s Students and Families to the Economy – Education Article

 Mike Turzai says he’s furious with Pedro Rivera.   Why is the highest ranking Republican in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives so angry with the state Secretary of Education?   Rivera said the Commonwealth’s public schools, which have been closed since mid March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, would not reopen until it was safe to do so.   If that means schools don’t reopen on time in the Fall, so be it.   Specifically, on Wednesday, Rivera said:   “At…

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How I’m Staying Positive while Staying at Home – USAHow I’m Staying Positive while Staying at Home – Education Article

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be spread every day. This virus does not know young from old – anyone can be affected by it. Yes, we have a stay at home order in Michigan, but it will help things get better. Meanwhile, this does not mean we can’t have fun. To face these hard times, I have several activities I try to complete every day. These help me maintain a positive outlook and attitude. Creating a schedule to stay on track. It’s…

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Mental Health Support for Remote Teaching and Learning  – Education Article

Part I: Mental Health Support for Educators On March 15th, Mayor de Blasio announced that non-essential businesses and schools in New York City would close. The past month has been surreal, challenging, inspiring, overwhelming as I’ve tried to adapt to remote learning along with 75,000 other adults and more than one million children At some point, maybe two or three weeks into the experience, I found myself thinking, “How long can I do this? Will I crack?” The combined stress…

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2 Tools for Recording Video Lessons – Education Article

Creating videos used to be quite a chore (remember the days of bulky recording equipment, editing, uploading, etc) and it required a special skill set. Thankfully, advances in technology have made video recording accessible to all with just a few clicks. As more and more instruction moves online, educators are looking to screencasting as an easy option for creating videos for and with students. There are many tools to choose from, but in the video that follows, I’ll introduce two…

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COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color – Education Article

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Since early April, the NAACP and BET have hosted a series of virtual town halls focused on the health, economic, and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American community. The coronavirus has hit hard across the U.S. It’s particularly dire in rural areas and communities of color. Disparities have stressed millions of people, from economic hardships and limited access to health services to slow internet speeds and lack of internet access at home. These problems didn’t…

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Creating a Schedule in a Time of Chaos – USACreating a Schedule in a Time of Chaos – Education Article

Has anyone else’s world completely turned upside down? Yes? Mine, too – as well as every other college student across the world. I would have never imagined my education could change so dramatically in such a short amount of time. Campus closures due to COVID-19 changed not only my education, but my entire social life as well. If you are managing to not go insane, huge props to you!  This is all very difficult, but I am doing my best…

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The New Normal: Teaching is as it Should Be – Education Article

Here we go again.   Many people are struggling with the new normal surrounding education and COVID-19.  The kids have too much work. The teachers aren’t doing enough. It’s all busywork.  Can you believe there are 5 live class meetings each week? Can you believe there is only 1 live meeting a week?  How will students catch up? How will they cover everything at this pace?   For all those–myself included–working to figure out what education is, let the COVID-19 moment help. …

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Trumpsters are Furious Over My Refusal to Sacrifice Students to the Economy – Education Article

  You can’t make this stuff up!   I published an article yesterday on my blog with the title “You Can’t Have My Students’ Lives to Restart Your Economy.”    In it, I criticized Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and a Walton Family Foundation advisor who lambasted social distancing efforts as a response to the Coronavirus global pandemic, especially here in the United States. To varying degrees, they each thought it was acceptable to sacrifice children’s safety by reopening schools early…

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You Can’t Have My Students’ Lives to Restart Your Economy – Education Article

    It’s okay if a few children die to start up the economy.   That is literally the opinion being offered by media influencers and policymakers as Coronavirus social distancing efforts continue passed the 30-day mark.   In the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve closed down all nonessential businesses while people self quarantine at home waiting for the curve of infection to plateau and then drop off. Medical experts tell us this is the only way to ensure…

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Coping with a study abroad program cut short by COVID-19 – USACoping with a study abroad program cut short by COVID-19 – Education Article

I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. After months of convincing my parents, filling out paperwork, and taking extra classes to make this possible, I was finally going to Australia. I was so ready to have the best semester of my life! As I began my study abroad journey in February, it quickly became one of the best months of my life. There was something about Australia; there was a certain charm to it that made me fall in love…

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