TALAS E-newsletter – May 28

TALAS E-newsletter – May 28

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Leadership, Innovation, and the Science of Motivation
Anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed, and sad were the five most frequently mentioned emotions by more than 5,000 teachers who responded to a recent survey from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Collaborative for Social Emotional and Academic Learning.
As leaders, how do we balance the mental and physical well-being of our staff while motivating them to innovate and address the needs of our students when they return from extended school closures? Now more than ever, we’ll need to develop new strategies to engage students and teachers and help them develop resilient mindsets to face the challenges ahead.
Daniel Pink is the author of six provocative, best-selling books about business, work, and behavior—including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times Bestseller list and was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. This book unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help readers flourish at work, at school, and at home. His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 20 million views.
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What’s happening in Texas
Some Fort Worth ISD Students To Return To Elementary Schools Next Week
The first Fort Worth students to return to school classrooms will be back as early as next week after campuses were closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Four elementary schools in the district are preparing now to have students back on campus for summer school.
A total of about 300 students are expected across the four locations.
Most of them are bilingual, or English as a second language students, who the district determined would benefit from a learning environment difficult to create outside of the classroom.
“The parents wanted to consider that,” said district spokesman Clint Bond. “And most of our elementary students we don’t do a one to one device with them, in other words, a computer or chrome book or a hot spot.”
Some special education students are also expected to attend summer sessions.
City of Laredo collaborating with LISD, UISD to create public WiFi grid
Considering the possibility of a resurgence of the coronavirus this fall, the City of Laredo and the city’s two school districts are collaborating to create a public WiFi network so that students without internet at home will still be able to learn remotely.
“Unfortunately there are a lot of people that are at or below the poverty line and there’s a significant amount of people that don’t have access to internet,” Councilman Marte Martinez said.
The eventual goal will be to create a citywide “mesh” network, explained the city’s IT Director Homero Vazquez. With federal or state grants, this could be accomplished within a year, he said.
In the short term, the city’s plan is to create neighborhood access points working with the school districts and the city’s existing infrastructure. Hot spots would be placed in recreation centers, libraries and schools.
Discussion held on how Dallas, Houston ISDs are reaching out to their at-risk students
As the school year comes to a close, school districts across the state are weighing their options for what next year will look like.
The group, Children At Risk, hosted a discussion with the two largest school districts in the state – Dallas ISD and Houston ISD – to see how they’re reaching out to their at-risk students, and what education might look like in the months ahead.
“What’s going on with our schools? How are they adapting to the coronavirus? How are they planning for the future? what does the future look like?” said Dr. Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of Children At Risk.
No one knows for sure what going to school will actually look like after the COVID-19 pandemic, especially at the state’s two largest districts.
“Reduced students in the classroom, reduced staff, staff also working in a virtual format, some face-to-face,” Houston ISD interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan said. “I believe a number of our parents are going to want to keep their students at home, so we’ll need to continue to provide them with that option.”
With Texas State alumnus at the helm, Lockhart ISD looks to the future of remote learning
Lockhart ISD Superintendent Mark Estrada began spring break this year thinking his students and staff would return the following week. Instead, developments surrounding COVID-19 began moving quickly and “every day that went by, it became more and more clear that we were not coming back to school,” says Estrada, who holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Texas State. What began as a week of cancelled classes turned into a remote learning plan for the remainder of the school year.
To meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, the district distributed laptops to students and converted their parking lots to WiFi zones so that internet would be accessible to families who don’t have access. As a long-term solution to meet the needs of families without internet, Estrada has developed a partnership with an internet company to build WiFi towers across the county.
SMCISD Board Approves Pay Raise For District Employees
San Marcos Consolidated ISD employees will receive a pay increase for the 2020-2021 school year.
The SMCISD Board of Trustees approved a 1% pay increase for its teachers and administrators during its regular meeting on Monday. The trustees also approved a $0.50 pay increase for hourly employees, such as paraprofessional, clerical and other district employees.
The board had five options to mull through. The first option would’ve kept the district’s pay scale frozen in its current rate. The second option would’ve increased teacher and administration salaries by 1% and included a $0.25 pay raise for paraprofessional, clerical and other staff. Option three increased teacher and administration salaries by 1% and included a $0.50 pay increase for paraprofessional, clerical and other staff. The fourth option would’ve raised teacher and administrator salaries by 1.5% and would’ve included a $0.50 pay increase for paraprofessional, clerical and other staff. The fifth option would’ve increased teacher and administration salaries by 1% and included a $1 pay increase for paraprofessional, clerical and other staff.
EPISD trustees approve 2% employee raises, adopt $641 million budget
El Paso Independent School District trustees unanimously approved a 2% pay increase for teachers, librarians and student activities managers. It will take effect July 1.
The new compensation plan was part of the $641 million 2020-21 budget the EPISD board of trustees adopted Tuesday during a video conference meeting.
The 2% salary increase translates to a $1,150 raise for EPISD teachers, said Martha Aguirre, executive director of the Budget and External Financial Management Office.
The new compensation plan also raises the starting teacher salary by $2,194. First-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree will earn $52,750 in the 2020-21 school year.
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School Board Appoints New Superintendent
This week the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint a new Superintendent, Hilda Maldonado. Maldonado was chosen for her extensive background in academic achievement, her strong focus on partnerships and her current leadership in responding to the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is currently the Associate Superintendent of Leadership and Partnerships in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) overseeing the development of system capacity to train and retain high caliber employees as well as develop partnership and grants efforts across the second largest district in the country. She will take the helm of Santa Barbara Unified on July 1, 2020.
Maldonado’s leadership career in LAUSD includes roles as Senior Executive Director of Diversity, Learning, and Instruction, Executive Director of the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department, and Director of Schools. She has worked as a bilingual teacher, a bilingual coordinator, an assistant principal and a principal at two schools – both of which experienced growth in academics, safety and school culture under her leadership. Maldonado came to the U.S. from Mexico as an 11-year-old and credits her positive experience as an English learner as her motivation to become a bilingual teacher.
Latinos are fastest growing population in US military, but higher ranks remain out of reach
Carl Castro had learned the news months earlier, but it didn’t really hit him until he was driving into work one day: He was going to be a colonel.
That meant new privileges, as well as new responsibilities. Castro was excited to have generals listen to him and take his advice. As a psychologist in the military, he knew he would never be able to reach their rank, but at least he could influence their decisions to do what’s best for the soldiers and their families.
“The thing about being a colonel in the Army is that it allows you to make comments outside your lane and that’s accepted,” he said. “It’s generally not accepted at lower ranks in the organization.”
Castro is among a rare group of Latinos who have made it into the upper tiers of the U.S. military. Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the military, making up about 16% of all active-duty military, according to the Department of Defense. However, Latinos make up only 8% of the officer corps and 2% of general/flag officers, according to a 2019 report by the Congressional Research Service. A long history of racism and gender discrimination in the military, along with education and language barriers, are keeping Latinos from advancement, veterans and researchers said.
Rising Voices Library Highlights Stories Of Black And Latino Boys
With many summer camps and vacations canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, books can still give children a sense of adventure.
The new Rising Voices Library is a collection of books from Scholastic that feature underrepresented communities in children’s literature. Dedicated to black and Latino boys, the collection contains 300 nonfiction, fiction and biographical titles.
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Scholastic Vice President and Executive Editor Andrea Davis Pinkney says there’s a “dearth of diversity” in children’s literature. As a mother with a black son, she says the books in the collection have relevant themes: family, culture, heroes and role models.
“I always say kids see what they see and they don’t see what they don’t see,” she says. “So when I see a face on the cover of a book that looks like my face, I feel good about myself. I have agency and I want to read more books.”
Planning for summer: Keeping emergent bilinguals, multilingual students engaged
Many, many students around the world will not return to school until the fall at the earliest. Researchers are predicting that there could be great learning losses due to students not being in school, despite our best efforts to continue instruction through virtual or distance learning.
The effect of emergent bilingual and multilingual students could also be significant. Yet there are some ways we can attempt to keep students engaged in learning, or at the very least engaged in continuing to build relationships with us as teachers and the school community. The activities being proposed are not meant to necessarily be mandatory, but ideas to continue to stay in contact with students and to engage them in informal learning opportunities.
As summer approaches, perhaps the most important consideration is how we will communicate and stay in touch with our students. Relationships are the foundation of learning.
While we may not be the teacher of our current students, keeping in contact with students maintains their relationship with you and the school community. There are several ways to continue to remain in contact with your students. The methods you utilize will depend on a variety of factors, including your availability, your students’ availability, and the availability of technology.
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As states around the country prepare guidance for back-to-school planning, districts will be planning under ambiguous conditions. Responsive return planning will be crucial to creating thoughtful, robust and adaptable paths forward for any district. Join us for a series called “From Frameworks To Prototypes: Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021”.
You’ve learned from our previous webinars the importance of responsiveness for any school or district leader. Join us once more to learn more about how we approach planning for a return through a responsive lens that allows you to navigate this ambiguity, with a concrete 4-part framework that will allow your teams and districts to prepare for different scenarios for return.
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Leveraging the CARES Act for Quality PD
Join our webinar on May 21st at 2:00 PM EST to get answers to your questions regarding Stimulus funding, Title Funding changes, and more.
Hosted by:Dr. Kecia Ray & Susan Gentz of K20CONNECT
Learn the nuances of:
The CARES Act
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What’s happening in Texas
Oral History — 5 School Leaders, 4 Weeks & the Biggest Education Crisis of Their Careers
losing school buildings in the San Antonio Independent School District took away the one advantage school officials thought they had in mitigating the circumstances of some of the country’s poorest zip codes.
The large urban district serves more than 48,000 students, half of whom come from households making less than $28,000 per year. Many rely on the public schools for three meals per day. In the most deeply segregated corners, basic infrastructure for broadband internet doesn’t exist. At least when they are in the school building, educators often say, students’ basic needs are consistently met.
Now, as they complete half a semester of online learning, district leaders say they’ve discovered assets beyond the brick-and-mortar on which they once relied: ingenuity, solidarity and caring.
SISD talks calendar change for new year
Seguin ISD could see some changes in its academic calendar, but not a year-round scenario, yet.
During a board workshop on Thursday, the district’s administration discussed with trustees potentially extending the start of the 2020-21 year by a week, while researching the option of possibly implementing an intersessional calendar as presented by the Texas Education Agency earlier this week.
The intersessional calendar, if implemented, would have students starting the year earlier and ending in mid- to late-June, with longer breaks in between, according to the TEA.
Abbott: Texas schools can offer in-person summer school starting June 1
School districts can reopen as soon as June 1 for in-person summer school classes if they maintain “safe distancing” and health protocols, Gov. Greg Abbott said during his statewide update on Monday.
Abbott previously ordered schools to close for the rest of the 2019-20 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During a press conference Monday, Abbott also said child care services can reopen immediately and youth and sports camps can reopen May 31.
Corpus Christi ISD Superintendent Roland Hernandez told the Caller-Times last week that the district planned to offer summer school remotely in June and July.
MISD administrator provides sample of ‘flexible calendar’ ISD unveils virtual ceremonies to air on KTSM
Weeks after Midland board leaders approved a calendar for the 2020-21 school year, Midland ISD staff wants to “circle back around for another discussion” of optional calendars.
Midland ISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick told trustees during their budget workshop last week that a discussion would take place Monday. The agenda packet for today’s school board meeting offers more detail, including a plan used by Socorro ISD, which was a template for the district’s “intercessional” draft.
Monday’s virtual meeting is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. The district’s website has information about how to provide comment for those who want to weigh in on calendar changes. The intercessional calendar is listed as part of the district reports and does not include a vote.
A district report in the agenda packet indicates staff approached the board with “optional” calendars.
Dallas ISD: Senior Living Facility Receives Messages Of Hope From Hundreds Of Elementary Students
Hundreds of Dallas ISD elementary school students created motivational artwork for the residents of a local senior living facility.
The Edgemere facility received more than 210 letters, art projects and videos with uplifting messages.
“We simply asked that the teachers have students create artwork, write letters, make videos, anything they wished to make and send some caring spirit on to the facility residents,” said Erinn D. Wilcots, manager of Dallas ISD’s Advanced Academic Services. “We left the project open to the students’ imagination so they could come up with what they thought would be best to send to the residents.”
Pete Gallego named sole finalist for Sul Ross presidency
Former congressman Pete Gallego says he wants to give back to his alma mater after being named sole finalist for its presidency.
Sul Ross State University Chancellor Brian McCall on Thursday announced the selection of Gallego to head the 103-year-old institution. McCall said Gallego was selected from a field of nearly 40 candidates following a national search.
Wheless Search and Consulting, an executive search firm, assisted Texas State University System (TSUS) in the Sul Ross presidential search process.
“The presidential search committee and I were fortunate to have a large field of well-qualified candidates to consider. Pete Gallego emerged as the front-runner by articulating an exciting vision for Sul Ross and demonstrating his intimate knowledge of the university and the communities it serves,” McCall said. “I want to thank Chairman Don Flores and the entire search committee for their time, energy, and dedication to this process.”
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Magee & Steiner: Students Worldwide Have Gone Back to School After COVID-19. 4 Lessons for Reopening America’s Classrooms
Schools from France to Japan, from Holland to Hong Kong and some U.S. states are reopening — tentatively — their classrooms after weeks of COVID-induced remote learning. As school leaders prepare for fall 2020, experts predict only an intermittent return to face-to-face instruction until a coronavirus vaccine can ensure the health and safety of families and teachers. How can states, districts and school networks prepare for what will be anything but business as usual? Now more than ever, we need to learn from the successes of high-performing systems around the world and respond to this crisis by creating more nimble, responsive and high-quality schools for America’s students.
Our organizations — Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education leaders, and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy — teamed up to study the interventions that accelerate student learning in normal times, as well as in the wake of dramatic disruptions. We compared what was possible in other countries with what is politically and financially viable in ours. The result of that research is The Return: How Should Education Leaders Prepare for Reentry and Beyond? The report is available on both Chiefs for Change and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy’s websites.
Photo Tour: What School, Class & Safety Look Like in 8 Countries Around the World as Students Return After Coronavirus
After months of skyrocketing coronavirus cases, shuttered schools and remote learning, the push around the world to reopen campuses and bring students back to class raises a new wave of questions and concerns.
What will a school day look like in a time of social distancing?
How will classrooms and learning change?
How will district leaders ensure that both educators and students are safe?
For schools that have already opened, like the Phoenix Gymnasium secondary school in Dortmund, Germany, back-to-school means reinventing practices, from social distance strategies to desk arrangements and many, many signs. (Last month, we took a photo tour of one Denmark school that had reconceived the school day.)
Trump’s push to reopen schools and day care gets chilly reception from voters
A plurality of voters oppose President Donald Trump’s push for U.S. elementary and high schools to get back to business this fall, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that asked whether students should return to day care, schools and college campuses.
Voters instead offer a bit of praise for online instruction, with a majority saying it’s been at least somewhat effective at making up for months of class time lost to the coronavirus pandemic. That approval comes after many schools struggled in their first weeks of closure to set up remote learning and get computers into the hands of low-income students.
Forty-one percent of Americans said it’s a bad idea to reopen K-12 schools in the fall, concluded the online survey of close to 2,000 registered voters, while 44 percent felt it was a bad idea to open day care centers. At the same time, the numbers show about a third of voters think it’s a good idea for children to resume in-person classes or go back to child care.
These Latinx activities and resources will keep kids learning and entertained during COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many of us live, but it has also changed the way many of us parent. Being home every day with our kids can be wonderful one moment, and trying the next. For those moments when you need a break, or just need a fresh way to engage with your kids, we’ve gathered some unique ideas on ways to entertain kids while in quarantine. From Spanish lessons to Latinx museum tours and more, you’ll find plenty to do in this list in the link below.
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We recently launched a Lifelong Learning section of the WaldenU.edu website with a selection of more than 200 popular courses available to take individually. Powered by an e-commerce engine, the site makes it easy for prospective students to filter and sort courses, add them to their cart, upload supporting documents, pay with a credit card, and register for a course all in one visit!
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EPISD’s Cabrera named Region 19 Superintendent of the Year
Officials with the Region 19 Education Service Center announced Tuesday they had named El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera as its regional superintendent of the year for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“This honor comes as no surprise to anyone who has worked alongside Mr. Cabrera,” said EPISD Board President Bob Geske. “Mr. Cabrera has helped transition EPISD from a District with deep governance and fiscal problems to one of the most innovative and admired urban school districts in the country.”
Cabrera was appointed superintendent of schools in EPISD in September 2013 and tasked with helping the District shift from an appointed Board of Managers to an elected Board of Trustees following state sanctions imposed by the state to the previous administration.
Kemp ISD Superintendent resigns
The Kemp Independent School District board of trustees have called a special meeting tonight to accept the resignation of their superintendent.
Dr. Lisa Gonzales was hired by the board in July 2018. Tonight they will host a “consultation with legal counsel regarding legal and procedural matters related to the employment, duties and contract of Superintendent, including proposed resignation/retirement agreement,” according to the agenda.
The board is expected to accept Dr. Gonzales’ resignation tonight at a special meeting and begin a search for a new superintendent as soon as possible.
AISD creates re-entry task force for restarting school
Austin Independent School District leaders are looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a meeting Monday, superintendent Paul Cruz announced he created a re-entry task force to look at scenarios around restarting schools. He said the task force would study information provided by the Texas Education Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies.
Cruz says the task force might consider starting the 2020-21 school year earlier than the current Aug. 18 start date to make up for any school days lost due to a possible second surge of COVID-19 cases during the fall semester.
Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD And Univision Launch Educational Television Segment Unidos Para Aprender
Dallas ISD is joining forces with Fort Worth ISD and Univision DFW, to launch Unidos para Aprender (Together to Learn), 58-minutes of daily instruction in Spanish for students in grades pre-K through five. The segment will air Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., on KSTR UniMas 49, Univision DFW’s local sister station beginning May 11.
The three-way partnership seeks to support student academic progress by supplementing the at-home learning resources Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs are providing to Spanish-speaking families during the covid-19 pandemic.
The programming will feature instructional content created and hosted by teachers from both school districts. In addition to instruction designed for early childhood learners, the classes will include lessons in science, physical education, social studies, art, music, math, social and emotional learning.
Ysleta ISD unveils virtual ceremonies to air on KTSM
El Paso area school districts have had to come up with creative ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 as they move on to the next chapters in their lives. Monday, Ysleta ISD announced a partnership with KTSM to air virtual graduation ceremonies next month.
In keeping with restrictions set by Governor Abbott last week, Ysleta ISD says they’re opting to celebrate the Class of 2020 with the hybrid virtual commencement ceremonies airing Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, on KTSM.
The district is leaving open the door for a potential outdoor high school stadium graduation later in the summer.
In a video message posting by Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre Monday, the details of the hybrid ceremonies were unveiled to anxious Seniors. The virtual ceremonies will include personalized video of every graduate being announced to walk across the stage in a cap and gown, and moving their tassel from left to right.
Tomball ISD in-person graduation ceremonies to be held at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tomball ISD announced May 8 that a new location has been secured for the graduation ceremonies of Tomball High School and Tomball Memorial High School: the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
In accordance with Executive Order GA 21 issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency said all in-person graduation ceremonies must be held in outdoor-only venues after June 1, 2020.
The two in-person graduation ceremonies in The Woodlands are scheduled to take place on Friday, July 24.
Organization Helps Latina Mothers and Daughters Succeed
In a charter school gymnasium on the city’s north side, dozens of families fill the bleachers as four pairs of Latina mothers and daughters talk about emotions too often considered taboo in their culture.
Building strength. Having courage. Forming bonds, as parent and child, to overcome any hardships that may come their way.
Elizabeth Rodriguez and her daughter, Lizbeth Okumura, sit side by side before the crowd.
For more than eight years, the two have been part of an organization that aims to help Latinas succeed by strengthening the relationship between mother and daughter.
Lizbeth is 20 now and set to graduate from Texas A&M University in 2022. Rodriguez, 46, is about to earn her associate’s degree. The group, Con Mi Madre, motivated both of them to achieve their goals.
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Fort Worth ISD is seeking experienced, high-performing district leaders to apply for the position of PK-12 School Leadership Executive Director. The individuals filling these critical leadership positions will be responsible for many aspects of campus management within a pyramid of schools including:
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Executive Leadership
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Evaluation and Feedback
  • Alignment of Goals and Feedback
  • School Culture Development
  • Personal Self-Evaluation
  • Maintaining the Organizational Vision
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Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 4 years campus principal experience in urban settings. Experience in all levels, PK-12, is strongly preferred.
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Arlington School Board Names New Superintendent Following Nationwide Search
At tonight’s School Board meeting, the Arlington School Board named Dr. Francisco Durán as the new Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS). The School Board unanimously approved the appointment following a five-month nationwide search that included 39 applicants and a strong pool of candidates. The selection was informed by community feedback collected in focus groups, community forums and an online survey.
Dr. Durán will formally assume the role of Superintendent on June 1, 2020.
Dr. Durán joins APS from Fairfax County Public Schools where he has served since 2015 as a Chief Academic Officer and Chief Equity Officer. He has a diverse background in education spanning 26 years, including top-level leadership and superintendent experience in a variety of large urban school divisions with culturally diverse populations. He has served in various roles as a teacher, director, principal, administrator and superintendent. In 2018, Dr. Durán was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education where he played a key role in the adoption of the new Standards of Quality for Virginia.
Why A Historic Wave Of Latino Prosperity Is Under Threat Now
It was just a few months ago when things were looking up for Latinos. Wages were rising and unemployment had hit a record low.
As the U.S. economy marked its longest expansion on record, Latino families marked better times with milestone purchases. They bought more homes than any ethnic group, including whites. Another positive: a record number of Hispanics started attending college with enrollment nearly tripling in the last two decades.
Now, that historic wave of Latino prosperity appears to be at risk from the coronavirus pandemic. The devastation in job losses is widespread in America, as the unemployment rate has climbed to 14.7%, the highest level since the Great Depression. But the latest U.S. jobs report shows that Latinos are the worst hit, with a record jobless rate of 18.9%, higher than any other ethnic group.
New Poll: Two-Thirds of Parents Support Keeping Schools Closed ‘Until They Are Certain There Is No Health Risk’
With more than 50 million students out of school because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll finds that 67 percent of parents support continued closures until officials are certain that reopening will not pose a health risk.
The findings come as President Trump continues to encourage states to consider reopening and as nearly half of parents, 45 percent, acknowledge that their children are learning less than they normally would when attending school.
That makes sense, said Keri Rodrigues, a co-founder and the founding president of the National Parents Union, the educational advocacy network that commissioned the poll.
Coronavirus’ online school is hard enough. What if you’re still learning to speak English?
For English learners, school closures mean navigating online programs, finding a way to practice spoken English, and often juggling a much-needed job.
In normal times, teacher Ariana Tabaku helps her students learn English with structured curriculum, face-to-face encouragement and high fives.
None of that is possible during the coronavirus outbreak. So she became a professional fundraiser. An IT specialist. A video producer. And that’s what it took just to get her students — all of whom speak a different language at home — logged in.
During the school closures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, educators are rightfully worried about students falling behind. This period of remote learning, technology divides and lowered expectations has stalled progress for almost everyone.
But students who are still learning to speak English — a group that’s swelled to 5 million nationwide and counting — are losing even more ground. For them, that doesn’t just mean a lower GPA or having to attend a less-selective college. It means potentially not graduating or not obtaining a post-secondary education.
It means not mastering a skill critical for upward mobility in America.
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