Sequoyah High School students to protest distance learning

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Students at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah are preparing to protest distance learning.

Asa Robbins wishes she was spending her senior year at Sequoyah High School with her friends. Instead, she’s learning online at home. But, she’s hoping to change that.

“Everyone’s home life is different, and we feel like some students are struggling right now through online school,” Robbins said. “They need that teacher interaction and peer involvement, and we are missing that in virtual learning. And we are struggling and we are failing because of it.”

Thursday, Robbins, who is the student council president, and others are protesting Cherokee Nation, which operates the school. She’s asking to move to a hybrid model so students can learn in-person at least part of the time.

However, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said positive COVID-19 cases are rising and distance learning is the safest option.

“It’s

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Distance education will contribute to developing digital economy, say experts

RIYADH: Distance learning will push Saudi Arabia forward on the path to digital transformation, experts say.

It is one of the innovative learning methods being used in Saudi Arabia to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but education officials also believe that distance learning can improve the level of education, reduce spending on education and increase users’ satisfaction.

Experts told Arab News that they are hopeful that distance education will contribute to developing the digital economy, provide equal opportunities for everyone, make education available indefinitely, provide learning opportunities for employees, improve the financial efficiency of the education sector, ensure that graduates meet the demands of the labor market, and create modern and innovative trends in the education sector.

Prof. Saad Haj Bakry, the author of “Knowledge Society Ecosystem,” said: “We live in the physical space that is the whole world around us. However, many of our activities in

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Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said.

There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school.

“Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”

According to research by Albert Mehrabian, a psychology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, 7% of a

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Distance Learning and Special Education

Does the Goleta Unified School District feel that they are above the law and have authority to violate a student’s civil rights under IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act]? There are federal laws that specifically outline the rights of parents to be involved and participate in the creation of any IEP [Individualized Education Program] or placement plan for their child whether the IEP is in emergency times or not. I would like to draw attention to the fact that with the order for the schools to close there were no waivers given to the rights granted under IDEA, therefore to create an IEP or placement plan without involving the parents or to change their services without indication of what services are to be changed is a violation of the students civil rights under IDEA. The district cannot strip parents of their rights to have active involvement in the educational plan

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How This Entrepreneur Built A Distance Learning Program Based On Finland’s Best Education Practices

Alejtin Berisha is a serial entrepreneur from Kosovo who is changing the educational landscape around the globe, both in-person and throughout the distance learning ecosystem. Berisha is the Founder of Finnish Schools International and Finnish Schools International Online. 

These programs are an innovative international network of schools built upon one of the most admired education practices in the world: The Finnish Education System. 

Working with some of the best teachers, and adding in some technology, Berisha brought his Finnish-based curriculum from the brick and mortar setting to an online distance learning school. 

His latest goal with this project is to reach an international audience to provide youth with the most creative, personalized, and real-life world education. 


Through his Finnish based curriculum, students will be able to develop seven transversal competencies of the

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Berkeley school district receives distance learning funding from state

As the new school year begins, Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, will receive monetary aid from the state’s Learning Loss Mitigation Funding program.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Friday that $5.3 billion in learning loss mitigation funds will be split among all eligible local educational agencies in the state. BUSD will receive $5,288,054 in additional funding to support distance learning.

“Schools may be physically closed, but in California at least, class is still in session,” Newsom said in a press release. “While more work remains, districts across the state are in a far better position this semester to provide meaningful distance instruction to every child.”

The vast majority of the learning loss mitigation funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, said California Department of Education spokesperson Daniel Thigpen.

According to an estimate by the governor’s office based on current epidemiological data, more than

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