• Online School

    More Minnesota schools can continue online option, will make local choices on pandemic precautions

    All Minnesota public schools can choose to offer an online learning option this fall — but they won’t be required to do so, as they were earlier in the pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education made that announcement this month, loosening the requirements for districts and charters that wanted to keep distance learning even as most students return to classrooms. Instead of having to get the state’s full approval as a permanent online learning provider, districts can provide online classes to their students as they work through a longer application process. It’s not clear how many districts intend to provide an online option for their students, especially since districts have…

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  • Home Schooling

    New Research Lifts Hood on Homeschooling During Pandemic

    According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released earlier this year, homeschooling exploded during the pandemic. This shouldn’t surprise us. In states and districts around the country uneven communications, poorly thought out opening and closing plans and lackluster remote learning were upsettingly common. In the spring of 2020, in partnership with Hanover Research, EdChoice conducted a survey of homeschooling families to understand what their experience has been. Among the main findings: 68% of respondents said the coronavirus pandemic was an important or very important factor in the decision to homeschool. 68% of respondents said the flexibility to shape their child’s learning experience was an important or very important factor in…

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  • Online School

    Veteran charter school teacher blasts online learning during pandemic: ‘We called school inessential’

    Media top headlines June 17 Biden snapping at a reporter, being mocked for again using a prepared list of journalists to call on in Geneva, and a New York Times reporter claiming that teachers can’t explain Juneteenth to students for fear of ‘critical race theory backlash’ round out today’s top media headlines A veteran charter school teacher blasted pandemic-era online learning in a New York Times opinion piece that calls for a return to classrooms to renew America’s “collective commitment to true public education.” Washington, D.C.-based fourth-grade teacher Lelac Almagor penned the piece, “I Taught Online School This Year. It Was a Disgrace,” which contradicts narratives pushed by state officials…

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  • Science

    How the COVID pandemic is changing global science collaborations

    In February 2020, as early COVID outbreaks were expanding in many countries, Nevan Krogan was grappling with a different kind of surge — in the size of his research collaboration. Krogan, a systems biologist, had been focused on tackling pressing issues in biology and health by forming interdisciplinary collaborations through the Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI) at the University of California, San Francisco. His colleagues were eager to work on the new coronavirus — and they soon had lots of company. What started as 10 scientists around a table jumped to 12 groups within a week, then to 42. When lockdowns started in March, the team’s first Zoom call was exhilarating…

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  • Home Schooling

    Households turn to homeschooling during and after pandemic | News

    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The number of households turning to independent homeschooling jumped significantly during the pandemic. Like most parents, Allison Maltby had to face virtual learning at the very beginning of the pandemic. “At the beginning of the summer we didn’t know what was going to happen with the schools,” said Maltby. But Maltby heard about a teacher in her community who started up the Daisy Homeschool Co-op. Shortly after, she decided to let her son join them. “They did everything they were doing in regular schools. He was with second graders as well and he is a first-grader. So, it was a good experience for him,” Maltby stated.…

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  • Home Schooling

    Stress management: six lessons parents can take from pandemic homeschooling

    While based on international data, the below article by The Conversation remains relevant to local readers.  Now that children in the UK are back to school, parents have the opportunity to reflect on what can be learned from lockdown homeschooling. Or as some rightly took to calling it, crisis schooling. New research we have conducted examines parents’ experiences of homeschooling – and what made their stress better or worse – during the first lockdown in England. A total of 323 parents completed a quantitative online survey between May 1 and July 24 2020. We found that although most parents reported feeling stressed, some had used effective coping mechanisms, which improved their…

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  • Home Schooling

    Black homeschool families quintuple during pandemic, but what will happen this fall?

    Homeschooling in the 1980s typically called to mind white, middle class families who opted out of traditional district or private schools to focus on teaching their children through the lens of their religious faith. In recent years, homeschooling has moved far beyond being the preferred learning method of a handful of American families, increasing in popularity as parents become less satisfied with more traditional choices. The pandemic accelerated that trend as parents looked for innovative alternatives to public or private school virtual programs or wanted to avoid exposure to COVID-19 at in-person schools. Across the country, the Black community led the way. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that…

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