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Students are protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity at school and during ex...
06/21/2021
Biden ed department: Federal law protects LGBTQ students against discrimination at school

Students are protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity at school and during extracurricular activities, a top federal education official said in a memo this week. #education #pride

Students are protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, a new federal memo says — marking a significant departure from how the Trump administration interpreted students’ rights.

The pandemic upended Elijah Warren's senior year in high school. It also taught him to let go. Your Sunday must read 👉 h...
06/20/2021

The pandemic upended Elijah Warren's senior year in high school. It also taught him to let go. Your Sunday must read 👉 https://ckbe.at/3wAJH0T #education #graduation

As post-COVID recovery begins, schools will need to continue to enlist families to help with students’ learning and ment...
06/20/2021

As post-COVID recovery begins, schools will need to continue to enlist families to help with students’ learning and mental health. Here's what that looks like in one school community — and how they plan to move forward: https://ckbe.at/3vAhiGA

The initial threat of the virus has subsided for P.S. 89. But the economic and mental fallout remain high as the school ...
06/20/2021

The initial threat of the virus has subsided for P.S. 89. But the economic and mental fallout remain high as the school sets off on the long road to recovery, normalcy, and healing. Here's how the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and the P.S. 89 community are meeting the moment: https://ckbe.at/2SCkW5q

Teacher Kelsey Pavelka created the "hug station" because she believes that most important lessons and interactions with ...
06/20/2021
Indiana educator finds inspiration on TikTok — and beyond

Teacher Kelsey Pavelka created the "hug station" because she believes that most important lessons and interactions with students aren’t governed by state standards, and they aren’t skills a test can measure. Here's why. #teacher #education

Dual-language teacher Kelsey Pavelka teaches at West View Elementary in Muncie, Indiana.

There are early signs that enrollment may not fully rebound, and the stakes are high. If enrollment does not recover, pu...
06/20/2021
After enrollment dips, America’s schools hope for fall rebound

There are early signs that enrollment may not fully rebound, and the stakes are high. If enrollment does not recover, public schools that lose students eventually could see funding cuts, though pandemic relief money is boosting budgets for now.

School districts that saw declines in student enrollment during COVID are looking to the fall. But there are early signs that enrollment may not fully rebound.

“Sí espero que cuando las cosas vuelvan a la normalidad, no perdamos este sentido de comunidad. Cuando tienes esa comuni...
06/19/2021
Las escuelas y las familias sobrevivieron este año juntas. ¿Durará esta colaboración?

“Sí espero que cuando las cosas vuelvan a la normalidad, no perdamos este sentido de comunidad. Cuando tienes esa comunidad, los padres harán cualquier cosa por ti, y tú como maestro haces cualquier cosa por ellos."

El día antes de las vacaciones de primavera, el vestíbulo de la Roseville Community Charter School estaba repleto de alimentos. Las vacaciones de abril significaban que las familias iban a pasar...

COVID-19 toppled the walls separating school and home. Families and educators leaned heavily on one another to keep stud...
06/17/2021
Will the closer ties between schools and families outlast the pandemic?

COVID-19 toppled the walls separating school and home. Families and educators leaned heavily on one another to keep students learning. But whether these family-school partnerships will persist is an open question — and one that will soon be put to the test.

The pandemic forged new bonds between families and educators at schools like Roseville Community Charter School in Newark. The pandemic recovery will put those partnerships to the test.

Given the chance, what changes would students make in their schools, districts, and communities? Hear what they have to ...
06/17/2021

Given the chance, what changes would students make in their schools, districts, and communities? Hear what they have to say in a student-led discussion with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: https://ckbe.at/3psUcjQ #education

Yasirys Pichardo was excited to start a new job in late February 2020 overseeing the after-school program at P.S. 89. Sh...
06/16/2021
Running an after-school program transformed into triage during the pandemic

Yasirys Pichardo was excited to start a new job in late February 2020 overseeing the after-school program at P.S. 89. She and her colleagues had no idea they were about to spend the next 15 months helping more than 300 families survive.

Schools like P.S. 89 serve as safety nets for families by forging bonds with community organizations. But those needs took on a new urgency during COVID.

Sustained drops in enrollment could also shift the demographics of America’s public schools. A first-of-its-kind analysi...
06/16/2021
After enrollment dips, America’s schools hope for fall rebound

Sustained drops in enrollment could also shift the demographics of America’s public schools. A first-of-its-kind analysis by Chalkbeat and AP found that enrollment declines varied by student race and ethnicity. #education

School districts that saw declines in student enrollment during COVID are looking to the fall. But there are early signs that enrollment may not fully rebound.

More than three in four teachers reported frequent job-related stress, compared to 40% of other working adults. Perhaps ...
06/15/2021
Teachers’ stress exceeded other workers’ this year: survey

More than three in four teachers reported frequent job-related stress, compared to 40% of other working adults. Perhaps even more alarming: 27% of teachers reported symptoms of depression, compared to 10% of other adults. #education #teacher

More than three in four teachers reported frequent job-related stress.

Hear from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as student panelists share their thoughts and questions following a school ...
06/14/2021

Hear from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as student panelists share their thoughts and questions following a school year filled with numerous obstacles. RSVP today for the free event 👉 https://ckbe.at/3psUcjQ #education #learning

Hear from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as student panelists share their thoughts and questions following a school year filled with numerous obstacles. RSVP today for the free event 👉 https://ckbe.at/3psUcjQ #education #learning

These two maps provide a snapshot of a major turning point in American history and education. Here's why: https://ckbe.a...
06/14/2021

These two maps provide a snapshot of a major turning point in American history and education. Here's why: https://ckbe.at/2SmLo30 #education #CRT

"I am proud to be an African American male educator. Our impact and obligations as educators go well beyond the walls of...
06/14/2021
This star Philadelphia principal urges graduates to ‘rebuild the world’ in their vision

"I am proud to be an African American male educator. Our impact and obligations as educators go well beyond the walls of our classrooms and schools." #education #educolor

As an African American male — a demographic underrepresented among educators — Richard Gordon learned quickly how much of an impact he could have on students and their families when he became a...

Students just experienced a school year unlike any other. What changes are they now seeking after a year of learning dur...
06/13/2021

Students just experienced a school year unlike any other. What changes are they now seeking after a year of learning during a pandemic? Join us for the discussion with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: https://ckbe.at/3psUcjQ #school #COVID19

Students just experienced a school year unlike any other. What changes are they now seeking after a year of learning during a pandemic? Join us for the discussion with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: https://ckbe.at/3psUcjQ #school #COVID19

While staring down the COVID-19 crisis themselves, the moms on the P.S. 89 parent organization responded to message, aft...
06/13/2021

While staring down the COVID-19 crisis themselves, the moms on the P.S. 89 parent organization responded to message, after message, after message, helping families in their school community. Here's how they did it — and why: https://ckbe.at/358yhFm

"My peers, teachers, and professors all inspired me to learn and to love learning, and I bring that love of learning to ...
06/13/2021
Teacher: The COVID year was anything but ‘lost’

"My peers, teachers, and professors all inspired me to learn and to love learning, and I bring that love of learning to my classroom every day.” #teacher

Nancy Yeh, an MIT graduate, teaches at Bronx Latin in New York City. Here’s why she says the school year marked by COVID-19 was anything but "lost."

Through reported pieces and first person accounts, we're exploring how COVID-19 impacted the lives of students, parents,...
06/13/2021

Through reported pieces and first person accounts, we're exploring how COVID-19 impacted the lives of students, parents, and teachers — inside and outside of classrooms. Read more:https://ckbe.at/2TPNYPi

A password for Zoom. The class schedule. Trouble logging into an email account. Each message was urgent. Some were dire....
06/11/2021
How WhatsApp connected a school amid isolation and grief

A password for Zoom. The class schedule. Trouble logging into an email account. Each message was urgent. Some were dire. Unpaid utility bills. No food. Reaching a breaking point with a child. When COVID hit, “PS 89 PTC 2019-2020" became a lifeline.

WhatsApp became a lifeline for the largely Spanish-speaking families of P.S. 89. Here’s how parents used it to connect the Brooklyn school community amid COVID.

Over the past year, Nancy Yeh has stood by her students through the death of loved ones, financial pressures, housing in...
06/11/2021
Teacher: The COVID year was anything but ‘lost’

Over the past year, Nancy Yeh has stood by her students through the death of loved ones, financial pressures, housing insecurity, and the mental load of navigating life during a pandemic. But she says the year was anything but "lost." Here's why.

Nancy Yeh, an MIT graduate, teaches at Bronx Latin in New York City. Here’s why she says the school year marked by COVID-19 was anything but "lost."

Despite the challenges the school community faced during remote learning, National  Principal of the Year Richard Gordon...
06/11/2021
This star Philadelphia principal urges graduates to ‘rebuild the world’ in their vision

Despite the challenges the school community faced during remote learning, National Principal of the Year Richard Gordon called this year's graduating class at Paul Robeson High School “amazing." #PHLed

As an African American male — a demographic underrepresented among educators — Richard Gordon learned quickly how much of an impact he could have on students and their families when he became a...

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Help your community get the founding it needs for Programs and services like: supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Medicaid, Health clinics, education, and much more. Complete 2020 Census online: Http:// my2020census.gov/, by phone: 844-330-2020, or by mail. it's easy, safe, and important
ArtWell Presents JumpstART Philly Summerfest! JumpstART 's mission is to create an outlet for joy, wellness, connection, and creation amidst the pandemic and the racial tension and injustice in our world. This series includes shows for all ages, children workshops for ages 7-12, a social action project open to all, and Instagram spotlights on Black Philadelphia Artists and community arts organizations. All proceeds from the JumpstART Philly Summerfest goes to cultivating and supporting our mission to provide underserved youth and communities in Philadelphia with empowering, multidisciplinary arts programs. To register, learn more, and donate, visit jumpstartphilly.eventbrite.com. Spread the word! July 9: ArtWell Jam $5 (Family show via FB Live) July 13: JumpstART Tent session one starts $35 (Weekly children's Workshops via Zoom). August 10: JumpstART Tent session two starts $35 (Weekly children's Workshops via Zoom). August 13: The Well 5$ (General Show via FB Live) July-August: Instagram artist spotlights August The SOCIAL Project (A social distance social action project. Details coming soon)
To keep youth connected and creative during the closures, Rock to the Future is now offering virtual music programs including Music and Art (we will mail you an art kit!), Voice and Singing, Music Theory, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Music Production, Remixes and Sampling, Song Analysis and Book Club. No experience is necessary and there are programs for grades 3 - 12 available. There is no cost to participate. All classes are free for Philadelphia youth! Please visit our website to sign up. Please reach out if you have questions or need help by emailing me or calling 215-302-9633. Be well and take care!To keep youth connected and creative during the closures, Rock to the Future is now offering virtual music programs including Music and Art (we will mail you an art kit!), Voice and Singing, Music Theory, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Music Production, Remixes and Sampling, Song Analysis and Book Club. No experience is necessary and there are programs for grades 3 - 12 available. There is no cost to participate. All classes are free for Philadelphia youth! Please visit our website to sign up. Please reach out if you have questions or need help by emailing me or calling 215-302-9633. Be well and take care!
Parents, As you may know, Immersive Technology company QuantumERA recently released a new AR360 mobile app, Gettysburg: A Nation Divided, which is currently available in the App Store. The app provides students with an immersive Augmented Reality experience about the historic Battle of Gettysburg. They will have great fun exploring and learning about a pivotal time in American History (and can recite the Gettysburg address with Abraham Lincoln himself!) The iOS app is FREE for teachers, students and families to download only for a few more days - the free download offer expires May 17, 2020. So I encourage you to download it today and let your circle of friends know, oo. You can download the app on your iOS iPhone or iPad using this link: https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1495662839?pt=119022008&ct=ED01010515&mt=8 If you want a quick preview You can learn a bit about the app here! https://www.dropbox.com/s/bphyvr62vkpyqb6/Time%20Machine%20Intro%20W%20SFX%206.2.mov?dl=0 The Android version will be available in early June. Also watch for details on QuantumERA's new Gettysburg curriculum for 5th & 8th grades and Augmented Reality Character Cards, both coming soon.
Central High School Families Need Your Help!
FYI: Grant alert!
Let's get the district to at least reimburse parents for internet services. If they can secure them via the Comcast Internet Essentials program it's only $9.99 per month.
Perlow Productions, LLC is looking for one high school that’s ready to commit to a Virtual Graduation & serve as our demo video partner. Video production will be at no cost to the winning school. In 100 words or less, write or shoot a video explaining why YOUR school is the best choice for this opportunity. All entries must be submitted to [email protected] by 5 pm on Monday April 13th. PLEASE INCLUDE graduating class size & your full contact information.
Hi all! CHILD USA has put together a list of key items educators should pay attention to while interacting with students online. This guide can help ensure children's safety during quarantine. Feel free to share!
It's kind of hard to believe this virus is just a flu when Drs. and lab workers are wearing hazmat suits.
When we turn the duty of educating our young people into a Corporate Endeavor we fail our children Help Your Student Practice Thinking, Play A Round Chess
Australian Bushfire Buddies need the help of all children, please to draw a picture or send a message of support to an Australian child experiencing bushfire trauma ; you can find all the details here. Can you please share this to as many schools as possible, thank you in advance. https://www.facebook.com/groups/556095161642412/