Council Post: The Social Distancing Student: Education After The Pandemic

CEO at Advanced Intelligent Systems, a practical autonomous robotics company with software and hardware modules.

There is a monumental shift taking place within the education sector. Few seem to agree on what exactly is happening, what the cause is or what the outcome might be. But a common viewpoint is that education will never be the same.

Some institutions may not open for classes during the 2020-21 school year, and those that do will almost certainly look different than they did last September. Students might wear masks, or they might even be isolated from one another. Class sizes will likely be smaller, and not just because of safety measures put in place to offset a contagion.

Well before the outbreak of Covid-19, a new breeze had begun to blow across campuses and schoolyards. Whether it was a result of economic pressures, cultural imperatives or the ceaseless march of

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Boosting Student Outcomes Through Educator Professional Development

For teachers, professional development workshops can be exhilarating and inspiring. But sometimes, ideas sparked in an off-site seminar can be difficult — or impossible — to implement back in the classroom. Often, what’s lacking is individual context, time dedicated to putting new ideas into place, even on-the-ground resources.

The learning community at Sacred Heart Schools, a preschool and K-8 independent school in Chicago for students of all faiths, has found a unique way to address talent development to create better experiences and outcomes for students and enhanced job satisfaction for teachers in the classroom.

For more than six years, teachers at Sacred Heart Schools have found hands-on support through instructional coaches who are dedicated to helping them achieve their instructional goals.

“Instructional coaching is teacher-driven, targeted professional development. We work with teachers to identify what gaps they’d like to close. It might be a particular skill or classroom management technique

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Levittown Board Of Education Welcomes Student Liaisons

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Sept. 18, 2020

The Levittown Public Schools Board of Education held its first regular meeting since the start of the new school year on Sept. 16. With social distancing protocols in place, a limited number of community members were welcomed to attend the meeting in-person in the Levittown Memorial Board Room. The meeting was also livestreamed on YouTube.

During the meeting, Todd Winch, assistant superintendent for instruction, introduced this year’s two high school student liaisons to the Levittown community. Division Avenue High School senior Jasmeet Sahota received a warm welcome from the board, along with MacArthur High School senior Taylor Muckle, who will serve as the school’s temporary liaison as of now. Both students will attend each board meeting to report on their respective school’s events and news.

Sahota is a high honor roll student who plays an active role at Division Avenue High School. He

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Pandemic adds layer of concern around student enrollment numbers and funding

The third Friday of September is always an important date for Wisconsin schools to count students, but between the pandemic and multiple learning options, there is concern over how it will turn out.

Enrollment influences funding for the next few years and the count applies to public, choice and charter schools.

“There’s always some concern around Third Friday, but this year it feels especially heightened,” said Megan O’Halloran, School Board Director at Milwaukee Public Schools.

O’Halloran says educators have come to her concerned about getting an accurate count of students, adding the under-count may apply to students learning remotely or switching schools.

“One of the challenges with the technology is that we have students who have moved who maybe have challenges with having their phones cut off. We really view this as an equity issue that we have a unique set of challenges with our students,” said O’Halloran.

Due to

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Why Higher Education Needs To Think Customer Service To Ensure Student Success

With some colleges opening their doors to students, others opting for virtual learning, and some embracing a hybrid model, students are left under a cloud of uncertainty about their college experience. Now more than ever, as guidelines and decisions continue to change, excellent communication from colleges is essential to ensuring student success. Professors are no longer the only ones communicating with students, and they need clear and timely communication on safety, new procedures, payments, course selection and more. That is why higher education institutions must rethink the way they communicate, and provide the same level of top-notch customer service that parents and students expect from a host of other industries.

Colleges and universities are taking definitive action to attract and retain students, but these efforts have been further complicated by the constraints of the pandemic. In addition, bureaucracy and long hold times have historically

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Win $40K to Use for Education Savings, School Expenses or Student Loans in Sootchy’s Sweepstakes

An immigrant from Lagos, Nigeria, Adefeso worked three jobs to self-fund his Harvard MBA, yet still had significant loans to repay. His passion to make college debt-free, especially for underserved students, inspired him to develop Sootchy—an AI-powered digital platform to help families maximize 529 plans to pay education costs from K-12 to college.

To highlight his mission and the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech, Adefeso formally announced the $40K sweepstakes and the upcoming launch of Sootchy during TechCrunch Disrupt 2020.  He sponsored the inaugural Include Reception at the conference, the first Include event as TechCrunch launches the program to promote diversity in the tech world.

During the virtual Include Reception, Adefeso spoke to the existing disparity in wealth, and lack of education funds, for underserved communities, and led a roundtable discussion on diversity in the tech industry.

With the Sootchy Sweepstakes, Adefeso hopes to make a lasting

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Department of Education sends mixed messages on transgender student protections

The Trump administration said it plans to investigate alleged discrimination against LGBTQ students following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court rulings that said sexual orientation and gender identity are protected traits under existing civil rights law — but only in certain circumstances, according to documents released by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

In updated guidance posted via a letter to various Connecticut schools, the Education Department said transgender students still can’t play on school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity and instead should be assigned to teams that correspond with their biological gender at birth.

At the same time, in a separate case, the department said it agreed to investigate claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation where a student alleged “homophobic bigot[ry]” at her school.

Sunu Chandy, the legal director at the National Women’s Law Center, said the two moves by the department are “totally at

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Indiana moves student count to delay school funding question

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Board of Education approved a method to maintain funding for schools reopening virtually this fall after warnings of possible cuts from lawmakers last month.

The unanimously approved plan allows the state to use data from the last student count in February to determine whether schools should receive full funding for their students, regardless of whether those students are receiving instruction virtually or in the classroom this semester.  

School budgets won’t be penalized for students learning virtually this fall, as long as the students weren’t enrolled in a full-time virtual education program on the last enrollment count day. 

“I am pleased the State Board of Education took action to implement the Department’s original guidance to provide 100 percent funding for impacted students who receive virtual instruction

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Student debt exploded because of taxpayer-backed college loans

Tommy Gregory
 |  Guest columnist

Before COVID-19, before nationwide protests, and before rioting shook our streets, one of the biggest issues during the Democratic presidential primary debates was that of the absurdly high cost of college and associated student debt.

It’s a legitimate issue. College is exceedingly expensive. But the Democratic candidates never got into why college costs have been skyrocketing faster than even health care or what to do about the underlying problem. Instead, they offered government bailouts in the form of debt forgiveness and socialism is the form free college for everyone. These “solutions” would actually make the problem immensely, unsustainably worse.

For instance, Democrat standard-bearer Joe Biden wants to expand federal income-based college debt forgiveness and create a free public college program for families making less than $125,000.

But higher education was never to be intended as an entitlement. The underlying problem that the Democrat candidates did

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Fortune names UB graduate student and Buffalo native, Raven Baxter, to 40 Under 40

A science communicator, Baxter secures major deals to write children’s book, create science education TV show

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Fortune has named University at Buffalo graduate student Raven Baxter to the magazine’s exclusive 40 Under 40 list of emerging leaders in the field of health care.

Baxter – better known as Raven the Science Maven – is a science communicator who marries science with hip hop music to educate and inspire young, underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

After joining the workforce as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Baxter quickly learned that the only other African Americans working at her office were security guards and custodians. She shifted her career to science education to push more people of color toward STEM fields.

A Buffalo native, Baxter is pursuing a doctoral degree from the UB Graduate School of Education through a 2019-20

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