Virtual School Meanderings

July 5, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

Finally, once again I did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

July 4, 2020

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with EdSource Today.

COMMENTARY
By Marion Siwek, special education teacher for the Alliance Public Schools in Los Angeles

Next, EdClips.


K-12 REOPENING GUIDANCE

Here Are The Rules: NJ Schools To Reopen With Social Distancing, Face Masks

The New Jersey Department of Education [last] Friday released guidance for reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. The guidelines strongly encourage face masks for students, who are required to stay six feet apart in classrooms and buses. Lunch times will be staggered and teachers are required to wear face masks. | Morris Daily Voice, June 26

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools


K-12 REOPENING GUIDANCE

School Every Three Days? That Could be the New Reality of In-Person Learning in NYC.

Concrete plans on how schools — and their buildings — will operate this fall aren’t likely to be made for weeks. But to help move the planning process forward, education department officials have sent principals preliminary estimates outlining how many students their buildings and classrooms can safely hold while adhering to social distancing and health precautions. While some schools might be equipped to handle half their population at a time, others are having frank conversations with their families about being able to accommodate fewer students than that.        | Chalkbeat, June 26

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools

From the various newsletters from Education Week.

A Third of K-12 Students Aren’t Adequately Connected for Remote Learning, Report Says

Between 15 and 16 million students and more than 300,000 teachers live in a household that lacks either Internet access, a digital device, or both, the report says. Read more.
Pre-Course Prep for Online Learning Yields Few Benefits, Study Finds

Preparing students for online coursework by giving them an up-front introduction to the relevance of those virtual studies pays few dividends, a new study finds. Read more.
K-12 Demand for Mobile Devices ‘Skyrocketing’ Due to COVID-19 Remote Learning

A new report from market research firm FutureSource Consulting forecasts that shipments of laptops, tablets and Chromebooks to the U.S. education market could jump by 27 percent this year. Read more.
Building a Schedule Around Student RotationsBuilding a Schedule Around Student Rotations

A closer look at planning for the logistics behind assigning groups of students to come to school on a rotating basis. Read more.
SPECIAL REPORT

The All-Remote Schedule: No Risk to Health, High Risk to LearningThe All-Remote Schedule: No Risk to Health, High Risk to Learning

Schools that stick with only virtual learning this fall will have to provide a much more robust experience than what most delivered in the spring. Here are some ideas to make it work. Read more.
OPINION|VIDEO

WATCH: Teaching in the Time of CoronavirusTeaching During Coronavirus: Where We Go From Here

Russell Stahlke, an elementary school teacher in Washington, discusses the challenges education was facing even before the pandemic and the steps he thinks need to be taken to get all students to an equitable place. Read more.
OPINION

The Key to Getting Hybrid Schooling Right

Getting remote education right involves more than training and better tech; it requires tackling the way we organize instruction, writes opinion blogger Rick Hess. Read more.
K-12 MARKETPLACE INTEL

The Coronavirus Is Reshaping the Out-of-School Education Market. Here's HowThe Coronavirus Is Reshaping the Out-of-School Education Market. Here’s How

The disruptions caused by the pandemic are fueling interest in out-of-school programs including in curriculum, technology, and social-emotional supports. Preview this article on EdWeek Market Brief.
LESSONS LEARNED

District leaders and experts share ed-tech best practices and persistent challenges

How Technology, Coronavirus Will Change Teaching by 2025

Professors Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris reflect on how ed tech use in schools has changed in the last five years, and then predict what might lie ahead in a time of massive disruption in K-12. Read the full story.

Also, the variety of newsletters from eSchool News.

Planning the safe reopening of our schools
Reopening schools will require creativity and attention to safe health practices–here’s how some schools are getting started.
When the digital divide is made worse by a pandemic
As it turns out, the digital divide proves tougher for students with fewer electronic devices at home–and the COVID-19 crisis makes the divide even wider.
Move from digital citizenship to digital leadership
An award-winning media specialist empowers students to take control of their own learning and online behavior.
How to effectively support struggling readers during distance learning
Education specialists dive into how educators and parents can support struggling readers, ELL students, and students with dyslexia in an at-home learning environment.
Empowering World Language Instructors in the Shift to Blended Learning
How do we elevate and empower world language educators as leaders in the shift to personalized learning? This paper from Rosetta Stone® aims to answer this question, combining research, personal stories, trends, and recommendations.
How to make remote learning easily accessible
A kindergarten teacher offers his insight on how remote learning can become more manageable for students and their families.
How Access to Online Language Learning Increases EL Equity
In this eBook from Rosetta Stone®, we review how technology-enabled English language learning contributes to equity that benefits emergent bilingual students, teachers, and school districts.
This ESL teacher is doing everything she can to connect with students remotely
Staying Connected During COVID-19 [Teacher Spotlight]: Ann Grey Newcomb.
What the pandemic has revealed about digital equity
Digital equity remains a persistent challenge in districts, and its problems are compounded by distance learning necessitated by COVID-19.

And from the different newsletters produced by ASCD.

Researchers shine light on education inequities

Researchers shine light on education inequities
(Pixabay)

School segregation by income is worsening in the US, according to research by Sean Reardon, a sociologist at Stanford University. Reardon asserts that efforts to develop “high-quality schools at scale under conditions of concentrated poverty” have been ineffective, so the “implication is that you have got to address segregation.”

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (6/29)

 

Surveys shed light on remote learning challenges

Surveys shed light on remote learning challenges
(Pixabay)
National surveys of teachers, parents, students and others reveal obstacles of prolonged remote instruction. Among them are inequities that put Black and Hispanic students at a disadvantage and diminished engagement among all students.

Full StoryChalkbeat (6/26)

 

Districts prep for long-term remote instruction
Districts prep for long-term remote instruction
(Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Some school districts are preparing to reopen for at least some in-person instruction in the fall, while others are structuring 100% remote experiences for students who may have medical or other reasons to stay home. Options include assigning students to teachers who are working from home, livestream classrooms or full-time online schools.

Full Story: Chalkbeat (6/29)

 

Report: Tech access challenges remote instruction

Report: Tech access challenges remote instruction
(Pixabay)

As many as 16 million students in the US lack at-home internet access or a digital device, with as many as 60% of those students lacking access to both, according to a new report from Common Sense Media. The report finds that slightly less than 1 in 10 teachers lacked access to the internet, a digital device, or both.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/29)

 

Teachers transition to PBL during remote learning

Teachers transition to PBL during remote learning
(Pixabay)

This period of remote instruction offered an opportunity for teachers to implement project-based learning. Tony Siddall, a program officer for Next Generation Learning Challenges, says in many cases traditional approaches to teaching and learning were not adequate for remote instruction, adding that for “kids to even show up for remote learning, the activities have to be a lot more engaging than what often happens in the classroom.”

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (7/1)

 

Report: Mobile device orders up in US edtech market

Report: Mobile device orders up in US edtech market
(John Moore/Getty Images)

Demand for mobile devices in the US education market is growing following a period of remote learning, according to a report from FutureSource Consulting, which predicts a 27% rise in shipments of laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Similar demand is being seen globally and “shows no signs of slowing,” writes Michael Boreham, a senior consultant at the firm.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Market Brief (6/30)

 

How to maintain mentoring virtually

While the interactions may look different, it is possible for new teachers to continue being mentored virtually, according to Amie Weinberg, teacher-mentor program director. In this blog post, she shares six strategies for distance mentoring, including maintaining a consistent schedule and meeting in real time.

Full Story: Edutopia (6/26)

Group to review material for remote learning capability

EdReports is adding to its evaluations by rating materials on accessibility and compatibility during remote learning. Courtney Allison, EdReports’ chief academic officer, says the resource, which reviews curricula against Common Core State Standards, is intended to help schools and educators choose materials that will work in remote and hybrid teaching environments.

Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (6/25)

Unions critical of hybrid learning plan in Va.

The Fairfax County, Va., school system announced plans for a hybrid learning program for the fall — to include virtual and in-person instruction. The plan drew criticism from the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, the Fairfax Education Association and the Association of Fairfax Professional Educators, which are asking members to opt for virtual instruction until the district works with the unions to address safety concerns.

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/26)

Education leaders consider the future of education

There are nine key questions that education leaders should address as they consider how to reopen schools in the fall, according to Andrew Knips, a leadership coach. In this blog post, he asserts that districts should rethink teachers’ professional development to offer individualized e-courses and webinars and support teachers via telehealth, among other things.

Full Story: Edutopia (6/29)

Other News:

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

1995: Virtual School to become a reality

1995: Virtual School to become a reality. On this day in 1995, 1970, 1945, 1920. Written By: Loren Else | Jun 27th 2020 – 12am. AddThis Sharing …

Holst Relates In-Person, Virtual School Plan

Holst Relates In-Person, Virtual School Plan. GREENHOUSE – Nasturtiums bloom in the Sitka Farmers Market high tunnel greenhouse this morning …

Metro Schools to offer parents, students option for virtual school

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – School may look a little bit different this year for some Metro students. That’s because school leaders are offering parents …

Community feedback sought Monday in first of series of virtual school bond meetings

HUNTINGTON — All community members are encouraged to attend Cabell County Schools’ virtual school bond presentation on Monday evening, the …

Nebraska Stuff the Bus Program Goes Virtual

While the mission of Stuff the Bus, a United Way of Western Nebraska program, will remain the same with the goal to provide supplies for children in …

Parents react to Alabama public school re-opening options

… classroom and another already enrolled her daughter in virtual school and doesn’t plan to take her out until there’s a vaccine for coronavirus.

Trustees direct Woodland School District staff to explore hybrid learning models

“I know you all have a hard decision to make about the possibility of a virtual school year,” Acevedo’s comment read. “In the spring semester, virtual …

Former DA files suit against school district

… board of directors for violating the state’s Sunshine Act by not permitting him to discuss the district budget at virtual school board meeting last month.

Portadown sisters report on joining new school during lockdown and meeting classmates online

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these new pupils transitioned initially into our virtual school and they have already made a very positive impression …

Virtual Schools Market Over Upcoming Period with Focusing on Major Vendors K12 Inc …

K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School (FLVS), Charter Schools USA, Lincoln Learning …

Tag: Virtual School

Virtual School Market 2020 | Size and Forecast Research 2025 With Covid-19 … This report studies the global Virtual School market, analyzes and …

Bay district schools offer Bay Virtual School for 2020-2021 year

Bay district schools offer Bay Virtual School for 2020-2021 year. News. by: Miabelle Salzano. Posted: Jun 28, 2020 / 04:23 PM CDT / Updated: Jun 28, …

Some students will stay home in the fall. School districts have to figure out how to teach them.

But districts could lose funding if students opt out of their district altogether, perhaps for a virtual charter school or a statewide virtual school.

Virtual School Market 2020 | Size and Forecast Research 2025 With Covid-19 Impact Analysis And …

This report studies the global Virtual School market, analyzes and researches the Virtual School development status and forecast in United States, EU, …

Beyond buses and buildings: Fayette School System expands online virtual learning options

Unlike the other two options, the virtual school is open to any student living in Fayette County,” staff said. Noting the reason for the change, school …

HBKU concludes region’s first virtual summer school

The virtual school saw the participation of 111 students, comprising 57 females and 54 males, from over 20 countries, who were carefully selected …

Local schools to offer options when school resumes in August

The virtual school program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade will offer tailored programs for a child’s specific needs ranging from …

Framingham School Committee to discuss district reopening plan Wednesday

FRAMINGHAM — School officials are expected to dive into the district’s reopening plan Wednesday during a 7 p.m. virtual School Committee meeting.

Back to school plans in Indian River narrowed down to three options

Indian River Virtual school. This option “is not how we ended the school year,” Moore said. “This is your traditional virtual experience.” Students will …

Nord Anglia International School in Dublin chalks up €7m loss in two years

… having run virtual schooling since late January, we were well-prepared to quickly switch to our virtual school when schools in Ireland closed,” it said.

Getting faster in iRacing, part 2: Back to (virtual) school

Getting faster in iRacing, part 2: Back to (virtual) school. Some hardware upgrades have helped, but getting truly serious is going to require help.

Free Virtual School Day Experience

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own. Agoura Hills|Local Event. Free Virtual …

‘This is hell’: Parents and kids hate online learning, but they could face more of it

Broward County, Florida’s sixth-largest district, has hosted its own virtual school since 2001. When school moved online this spring, the district offered …

Virtual School Day Every Friday- Check it out!

Come experience Futures Academy’s innovative school model by joining us for a FREE Virtual School Day! · Explore a passion with one of our …

Rowan-Salisbury Schools rolls out the optional K-8 Virtual Academy

We’re going to establish the K-8 virtual school as an option for students who choose that as the way they want to learn,” Withers added. The system …

Monroe Co. Developing Phase Plan For Start Of School In The Fall

These students will attend school every other day on a staggered schedule and will have virtual school on the alternating days. All of the social …

Duval Virtual Instruction Academy enrollment doubles amid pandemic

FLVS is a statewide virtual school that operates as its own school district. In addition to full-time learning, students historically enroll with FLVS when …

Palm Beach County teachers union wants virtual learning to continue when school year begins

“I think that my wishes and the wishes of most teachers are that they plan for reopening campuses, that they set a timeline for virtual school to start on …

Into a virtual realm

One reason Lombas wanted a virtual school is because he sees that schools could suffer a hit like brick-and-mortar stores that are losing business to …

Houston County Schools prepare for upcoming school year

“Working on formulating our plans for virtual school now the other school is normal, we will start school and take it day by day,” David Sewell, Houston …

Bibb Schools launches first virtual school program, ‘VIP Academy’

MACON, Ga. — Bibb Schools has launched a new, free virtual school in the hopes of attracting private and home-schooled students. Joyce Marcus …

Inquiries into virtual school in Central Florida increase

Inquiries into virtual school options have been increasing since the pandemic shut down schools halfway through the spring semester and canceled …

State audit: Virtual Public School courses need work

The virtual school, developed in 2007, is popular with children who can’t take high-level or Advanced Placement courses in their local schools, or who …

Virtual school being created in Rock Hill, SC

When presenting the final recommendations for schools to reopen this fall, State Superintendent Molly Spearman mentioned districts expanding virtual …

Loudoun schools will offer part-time in-person or full-time virtual learning

… in mid-June, that envisioned all students attending school in person for two days each week and did not give the option of 100 percent virtual school.

Florence K-6th Can Go Virtual

FLORENCE–Florence City Schools is excited to announce the creation of the Florence Virtual School program for kindergarten through sixth grade.

TPS decides on new calendar for 2020-2021 school year

The district also plans to offer a virtual school option – called TPS Virtual Academy – for students and families who are at high-risk for infection or who …

Reimagining Summer Camp: Gimp And Themed Thursdays Go Virtual For BB&N

That meant it had to feel different than the virtual school they’ve been attending the last couple months. Forget those Zoom classes. BB&N is using a …

Osceola County to reveal back-to-school plan for returning students, teachers and faculty

… back-to-school plan. School leaders spent Monday finalizing the plan that will be unveiled during a virtual school board meeting Tuesday evening.

Masks, health screenings, virtual options: St. Joseph County schools announce plans for …

We will have virtual school teachers available so that your student can still go to Darden, but they will only learn virtually if you do not want them to …

Lee Virtual School continues registration for upcoming school year

Lee Virtual School (LVS) is a public school serving grades K-12. During the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are looking at options for the …

School committees discuss virtual school, funding and reentry planning

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Schools strategic planning committee met on May 11 to discuss CARES funding possibilities, virtual school, …

Bradley Virtual School graduates 22 students

Bradley County Virtual School awarded diplomas to 22 students in the Class of 2020 this year in a graduation at Walker Valley High School’s …

MDCPS Holds Virtual School Board Meeting To Discuss Learning Models For Upcoming Academic …

At a virtual school board meeting Wednesday, members heard emailed comments from parents. “I am highly concerned about any hybrid or at home …

Superintendents Urge Offering Option for Fully Virtual School This Fall

Although distance learning has been a challenge, a fully virtual option is important for families who are not comfortable sending their children back to …

Some area families excited for virtual school option for stability, safety next year

When Amy Hatlevig’s oldest son was in the 6th grade, they decided to enroll him in virtual school. “And it was wonderful. We had a great experience with …

Clay Community school board approves virtual school, roadmap, ahead of 2020-2021 school year

Clay Community school board approves virtual school, roadmap, ahead of 2020-2021 school year. News. Posted: Jun 30, 2020 / 10:36 PM EDT …

Nome Staff & Students Expected to Wear Masks At School Starting in the Fall

Nome Superintendent Burgess says that enrolling in the virtual school is more of a “commitment.” “So either they start and they stay in Alaska Virtual …

Cedar Rapids Schools to open fully accredited online school as coronavirus pandemic continues

Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy is Iowa’s fourth virtual school. It was approved by the Iowa Department of Education on June 5, district spokeswoman …

Statewide virtual school provider selected, broadband access ‘inequities’ remain

Statewide virtual school provider selected, broadband access ‘inequities’ remain. (Source: Submitted photo). July 2, 2020 at 3:49 PM CDT – Updated …

Editorial: Virtual school this fall? SC parents will have options; some may be good

Editorial: Virtual school this fall? SC parents will have options; some may be good. BY THE EDITORIAL STAFF; Jun 29, 2020; Jun 29, 2020 Updated …

Muenster School Wraps Up Year With Virtual Awards

With the business of a virtual school wrap up and a distanced grad, Muenster School also found time to put together a virtual awards ceremony.

VCSC offers virtual school option for all students in 2020-21

After a successful first year as a high school, the Vigo County School Corp. is announcing that Vigo Virtual Success Academy, its full-virtual school, …

Lubbock ISD offering choice between virtual school, face to face instruction in fall

Parents will also have the option to enroll their kids in Virtual School for pre-K through twelfth grade. Students will still be attached to their home campus …

Vigo County School Corporation offers online school option

‘Vigo Virtual Success Academy’ is a fully virtual school. Posted: Jul 2, 2020 5:33 PM. Posted By: Brianna Shackelford. AddThis Sharing Buttons.

PHM schools will require masks, offer virtual learning options this fall

South Bend says it will have a stand-alone virtual school and a virtual school for each building. Mishawaka says it will have two virtual options …

St. Johns County School District wants parents’ help deciding on fall reopening plan

10, virtual school is an option. Parents who elect to enroll them in St. Johns Virtual School need to enroll them by July 10. RELATED: Read about the …

St. Johns County School District asks parents to select one of four options for next school year

Option 3: St. Johns Virtual School — Contact St. Johns Virtual School to enroll. Option 4: Home Education — Contact the District’s Guidance & Choice …

If you’re new to Hillsborough and have students, you’ll need to fill this out

But, parents would also have the options of E-learning or sending their children to the Hillsborough Virtual School. “This entire plan presented today is …

Aug. 17 likely, but not certain, date of all-virtual school start

… expressed concern about having to use child care while they work and then not having time for virtual school. Wilson said he shares this concern.

Statewide virtual school provider selected; broadband access ‘inequities’ remain

Statewide virtual school provider selected; broadband access ‘inequities’ remain. By John Few · Email the author. Published 12:57 pm Friday, July 3, …

Fort Mill School District unveils plans for virtual school

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Vigo County schools offer virtual option for K-12

The virtual school “is a good choice for parents and caregivers seeking a virtual option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as families who have …

Washington Local Schools begin planning classroom return for fall, virtual option offered

To accommodate, their district will have in-person teaching and a new virtual school option. She believes hybrid schooling might play a role as well.

GUEST COMMENTARY: If key precautions not taken, face-to-face school ill-advised

Virtual school comes with consequences. I don’t want to minimize abuse, hunger, mental and physical wellness, or the economic strains. Again, we …

Osceola 1st School District in Central Florida to Release Reopening Plan

Virtual learning for students in Grades K-12 with Osceola Virtual School, which allows learning during non-traditional school hours. School Board …

Stow-Munroe Falls school board member admonished by board

Lisa Johnson-Bowers, who had been criticized for laughing during a recent virtual school board meeting about racism, was cited for violating the …

Hillsborough County Parents Have Many Questions About Fall School Plan

The third option is Hillsborough Virtual School where students work more independently and check in periodically. School board chairwoman Melissa …

HCS board members, officials hear proposed reentry plan

They can enroll in HCS virtual school, sign-up for HCS at home learning with their enrolled school or be a part of HCS continuum where students …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

COVID – 19 Impact on Virtual Schools Market 2020-2023 Global Industry Size, Trends, Regions …

The Virtual Schools Market 2020-2023 Global Industry an online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or …

RV Board approves budget with tax hike

… to form a new committee of teachers, administration and board members to look at the feasibility of Redbank Valley running its own cyber school.

GLSD budget impacted by COVID-19, includes 1.75-mill tax increase

“Cyber school is not free to the taxpayer,” Watson said. “Everybody within the community is paying for every student that attends cyber school.”

Isabella Ferreira talks Pilar Salazar, her new character on Hulu’s “Love, Victor”

Subscribe · Isabella Ferreira Speaks About her Experience with Cyber School. Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. More videos. More videos.

Record Number Enrol in Online NCSC CyberFirst Courses

In May it announced the creation of a new online cyber-school to help develop a new generation of cybersecurity professionals. We were unable to …

State Rep. Pam Snyder urges cyber charter school reform

… parents or guardians would pay tuition if they are in a district which offers cyber charter school, but opt to place their child in a different cyber school.

 

June 28, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual schools.

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2. TI- The Reality of Virtual Schools: A Review of the Literature
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AB- Virtual schooling was first employed in the mid-1990s and has become a common method of distance education used in K-12 jurisdictions. The most accepted definition of a virtual school is an entity approved by a state or governing body that offers courses through distance delivery–most commonly using the Internet. While virtual schools can be classified in different ways, the three common methods of delivery are by independent, asynchronous or synchronous means. Presently, the vast majority of virtual school students tended to be a select group of academically capable, motivated, independent learners. The benefits associated with virtual schooling are expanding educational access, providing high-quality learning opportunities, improving student outcomes and skills, allowing for educational choice, and achieving administrative efficiency. However, the research to support these conjectures is limited at best. The challenges associated with virtual schooling include the conclusion that the only students typically successful in online learning environments are those who have independent orientations towards learning, highly motivated by intrinsic sources, and have strong time management, literacy, and technology skills. These characteristics are typically associated with adult learners. This stems from the fact that research into and practice of distance education has typically been targeted to adult learners. The problem with this focus is that adults learn differently than younger learners. Researchers are calling for more research into the factors that account for K-12 student success in distance education and virtual school environments and more design research approaches than traditional comparisons of student achievement in traditional and virtual schools. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Next, I received the alert for cyber schools, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, once again I did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

June 27, 2020

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Dive.

Efforts to close digital divide top states’ plans for emergency relief funds

States are also prioritizing training for teachers in deciding how to distribute a total of almost $3 billion for pandemic-related needs

Fast Forward: Hybrid models could prove effective. Are they here to stay?

As educators prepare to potentially teach both in person and online in fall, blended learning could be a change that lasts beyond the coronavirus outbreak.

Tracking how the coronavirus is impacting school districts

More than half of Americans aren’t sold on speeding to reopen schools in fall, and efforts are further complicated by older, high-risk staff like bus drivers.

OPINION

3 superintendents share remote learning, back-to-school prep strategies

Three superintendents discuss the role of technology in supporting students’ — and staff members’ — mental well-being during at-home learning.

Next, the EdClips.


COVID-19 IMPACTS

How the Coronavirus Could Change the Way KS Students Are Taught for Decades

When Kansas K-12 students head back to school in the fall, they may face an altered academic landscape as educators prepare districts for the possibility that the coronavirus will make in-person class time impossible for weeks on end. But a draft of statewide reopening guidance to schools, obtained by The Star, shows that educators preparing districts to navigate the pandemic see their work as an opportunity to advance changes that will affect how students are taught for decades. | The Wichita Eagle, June 22


COVID-19 RESPONSES

NH Task force: Concerns Over Social Distancing, Hybrid Learning

Many parents, teachers and education officials are anxious for students to get back to school this fall, but there’s a lot of concern about achieving social distancing and workable hybrid learning plans, a New Hampshire education task force acknowledged Tuesday. | The Associated Press, June 23

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools


K-12 REOPENING GUIDELINES

IL Releases Guidelines to Reopen Schools in the Fall

Illinois schools will need to check temperatures and screen for symptoms of illness, practice social distancing, and step up cleaning once school buildings reopen in the fall. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala released the long-awaited guidelines during a press conference Tuesday about how to safely reopen school buildings across the state after the coronavirus pandemic closed them in March. | Chalkbeat, June 23

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools


K-12 REOPENING GUIDELINES

LA Department of Education Releases Guidelines on Returning to School During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Louisiana Department of Education has released guidelines for returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic. The LDOE and the Louisiana Department of Health released the guidance Thursday on how schools across the state can reopen for the 2020-2021 school year by taking actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. | WDSU, June 25

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools

Also, the EdSource Today.

By Sydney Johnson, EdSource
California lawmakers introduced distance learning provisions around instructional time, attendance and connecting with parents.
COMMENTARY
Getting to 100% student engagement in distance learning
By Jessie Welcomer, 3rd grade teacher at Montalvin Manor school in West Contra Costa Unified
COMMENTARY
Take this pandemic moment to improve education
By Jacob Martinez, 2020 winner of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and founder and executive director of Digital NEST, a nonprofit workforce development center

Moving on to the various newsletters from Education Week.

Planning Your 2020-21 School Year? Use Our 'Guide to the Guides' on ReopeningPlanning Your 2020-21 School Year? Use Our ‘Guide to the Guides’ on Reopening

EdWeek’s handy ‘Guide to the Guides’ helps you find the reopening recommendations that match your current needs. Read more.
1 in 3 American High Schoolers Felt Disconnected From School Before Pandemic

UNESCO’s annual report on global education progress finds countries need to make more effort to include marginalized students, particularly in the United States. Read more.
Hybrid School Schedules: More Flexibility; Big Logistical ChallengesHybrid School Schedules: More Flexibility; Big Logistical Challenges

Some mix of in-school attendance and online learning is what many districts are planning as the best way to adhere to social distancing requirements and provide at least some face-to-face instruction and support for students. Read more.
LESSONS LEARNED

District leaders and experts share ed-tech best practices and persistent challenges

OPINION

English-Language Learners Need More Support During Remote Learning

These four evidence-based suggestions can help educators offset learning loss for young English-learners, write Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek, and Marta Sánchez. Read the full story.
OPINION

Teaching in the Fall: Get Ready to Meet Students Where They AreTeaching in the Fall: Get Ready to Meet Students Where They Are

When they come back to us in the fall, our students’ need for connection, belonging, and real-world experience will be fierce, and we need to adjust our approach based on their needs, writes teacher Ariel Sacks. Read more.

English-Language Learners Need More Support During Remote Learning

These four evidence-based suggestions can help educators offset learning loss for young English learners, write Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek, and Marta Sánchez. Read more.
SPECIAL REPORT

Coronavirus Pushes Schools Closer to a Computer for Every StudentCoronavirus Pushes Schools Closer to a Computer for Every Student

As school districts equip students with more laptops and tablets than ever before, the big question is how that will reshape learning inside and outside the classroom. Read more.
Like It or Not, K-12 Schools Are Doing a Digital Leapfrog During COVID-19

The rapid shift to remote learning forced educators across the country to upgrade their tech skills. But will those newfound skills transform teaching and learning? Read more.
Scheduling the COVID-19 School YearScheduling the COVID-19 School Year

Explore options for building a calendar, choosing a schedule, and deploying teachers and staff to maximize student learning while adhering to health and safety precautions. Read more.
Coronavirus Pushes Schools Closer to a Computer for Every Student

As school districts equip students with more laptops and tablets than ever before, the big question is how that will reshape learning inside and outside the classroom. Read more.

Also, the different newsletters from ASCD.

Khan Academy pauses in-school pilot program

Khan Academy pauses in-school pilot program
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The nonprofit Khan Academy piloted a software tool in five school districts during the 2019-20 school year, but the test was put on hold as schools closed because of the coronavirus crisis. The tool received positive feedback from some teachers, including sixth-grade teacher Melinda Smith, who said it helped her see which concepts needed additional instruction, either for small groups or the entire class.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (6/21)

 

Designing classrooms with social distancing in mind

Designing classrooms with social distancing in mind
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As teachers consider how to safely return to the classroom, education leader Robert Dillon offers strategies for effective classroom design that also encourages social distancing. In this commentary, he suggests installing signage that sets a welcoming tone, minimizing teacher-only space and continuing to allow some physical movement in choice that have been shown to benefit learning.

Full Story: EdSurge (6/22)

 

School counselors support students remotely

School counselors support students remotely
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Many aspects of life and school, such as school counseling services, are being reimagined during this time of social distancing. Counselors now say they are providing grief counseling; crisis-response coordinator Patti Agatston says she led a card-making effort via Zoom for the family of a student who passed away.

Full Story: EdSurge (6/22)

 

LEGO learning solution enables remote robotics lessons

LEGO learning solution enables remote robotics lessons
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Robotics lessons are typically a hands-on activity, which made them challenging during school closures, according to Ian Chow-Miller, robotics teacher at a Washington state middle school. Chow-Miller shares how he used the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set to remotely teach robotics.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (6/23)

 

Teachers share tips for live, online teaching

Teachers share tips for live, online teaching
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New York City teachers will be required to conduct at least one hour and 15 minutes of live instruction during summer school, which begins July 6. In this article, educators share tips to make live teaching more effective, such as holding lessons with small groups and personalizing lessons.

Full Story: Chalkbeat/New York (6/22)

 

Urban Ohio schools plan to broaden internet access

Urban Ohio schools plan to broaden internet access
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The Ohio 8, a group of superintendents and teachers union presidents from eight of the state’s school districts, plans to use part of at least $330 million expected in federal aid to build broadband capacity across the state. The eight represented districts say up to 35% of families don’t have access to reliable internet, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon notes that “the internet problem is not going away.”

Full Story: The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (6/22)

 

Hybrid model could be key to reopening schools

Hybrid model could be key to reopening schools
(Cesar Manso/Getty Images)

A hybrid model in which students learn part of the time at school and part of the time at home is emerging as the likeliest approach to reopening schools in the fall. Scott Muri, superintendent of a Texas district, said flexibility will be key to reopening, while Sharon Contreras, superintendent of a district in North Carolina, said hybrid models will not address the equity issues that emerged during remote learning.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/24)

 

7 approaches to remote learning transition

In this blog post, Mary Davenport, an English teacher in Brazil, shares seven key takeaways from her school’s transition to remote learning during coronavirus-related school closures. She shares how her school leaders sought counsel, communicated a plan, scaled down the pace and content of courses, among other tactics.

Full Story: Edutopia (6/22)

How a Calif. district transitioned to e-learning

Duarte Unified School District in California made a successful shift to e-learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, suggests Eric Ramos, the district’s chief technology officer. In this commentary, Ramos shares tips to help other districts implement a scalable remote learning model, including community involvement, curriculum changes and a focus on security.

Full Story: eSchool News (free registration) (6/22)

Did Canada’s schools connect remotely with students?

Data collected from public schools in Atlantic Canada finds that an average of 8% of students were unable to participate in online classes, though data also show that 89% of students have a Google account for school. The data analysis also found that teachers, who sometimes also were homeschooling their own children, found that structured class times were impractical for some students or families.

Full Story: CBC News (Canada) (6/16)

Offering online support to students with dyslexia

There are several strategies educators can adopt to improve online learning for students with dyslexia, writes Donell Pons, a reading and dyslexia specialist in Utah. In this blog post, Pons suggests using free, online resources and, for older students, integrating the coronavirus pandemic into lessons.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (6/24)

Minn. district shares lessons from remote learning

A Minnesota school district had only eight days to roll out a distance learning plan and communicate it to parents, because of the coronavirus pandemic, write Karen Londgren, digital learning coach at Marshall Public Schools, and Nicole Wichmann, administrative assistant at West Side Elementary. In this commentary, they describe lessons learned from the transition and the tools they used to keep students, teachers and parents connected during prolonged school closures.

Full Story: eSchool News (free registration) (6/23)

Other News

As well, the variety of newsletters from eSchool News.

4 ways schools can prepare for the future of e-learning
Learn how one district is prioritizing student learning by focusing on strengthening its approach to e-learning.
What our district learned by moving from in-person to distance learning in 8 days
Keeping teachers, parents, and students connected online has turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to bring the community closer together.
This visual arts teacher steps outside the box for remote learning
Staying connected during COVID-19 [teacher spotlight]: Aaron Troyer.
Empowering World Language Instructors in the Shift to Blended Learning
How do we elevate and empower world language educators as leaders in the shift to personalized learning? This paper from Rosetta Stone® aims to answer this question, combining research, personal stories, trends, and recommendations.
How Access to Online Language Learning Increases EL Equity
In this eBook from Rosetta Stone®, we review how technology-enabled English language learning contributes to equity that benefits emergent bilingual students, teachers, and school districts.

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

The Frontier: Trial date set in state’s attempt to access virtual school records

The bulk of the small virtual school’s state funding is paid to ESVCA, which is a private LLC. The school’s superintendent and assistant superintendent …

Take a challenge in virtual school games

Take a challenge in virtual school games. 20 June 2020 09:00 By Gary Sherrard. Figure image. It is important for young people to stay active and …

How live interactive online lessons work in schools around Wales

The students of Crickhowell-based virtual school InterHigh School won’t be able to go to exam centres to take GCSEs and A levels, which have been …

Trustees prepare for Woodland schools to look different in the fall

The third option presented would be to hold a virtual school and a 100% recommitment virtual learning programs. The distance learning roll out during …

WVDE releases possible scenarios for school re-entry

Consider expanding virtual school course offerings through local policies or through a partnership with West Virginia Virtual Schools, being mindful of …

Keys school board discusses preparations for a safe return

Schools are going to have to be even more accommodating with virtual school to families now with health-compromised kids, said Tami Woods.

State roadmap guides reopening of schools

Superintendent Norm Enfield and district cabinet staff discussed the plan during a virtual school board study session Tuesday afternoon that was …

Watch walk-through of ‘new norm’ social distancing measures at Birmingham secondary school

… to get up at the same time every school day morning, attend their virtual school lessons on time and go to bed at a sensible time each school night.

As he says goodbye to teaching, Brendan reflects on life’s lessons

… creating a ‘virtual’ school. Brendan, as IT Coordinator, worked closely with the School Website Coordinator, Paul McCloskey and the IT Technician, …

Can a virtual school trip match up to the real thing?

This week I saw a former colleague describing on social media how her child’s headteacher had announced plans for a virtual school trip.

Columbia school district won’t raise tax for 2020-21

When: Virtual school board meeting, June 18. What happened: The board adopted a $27.94 million final general fund budget for the 2020-21 school …

School wasn’t in for this week’s best caption

Randall and Barb Vockroth of Beaver Dam are this week’s You Toon winners. Congratulations! Their caption about the end of the virtual school year …

Global Virtual Schools Market Report 2020 – Covering Impact of COVID-19, Financial Information …

… SWOT Analysis by Global Top Companies | Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School.

Manchester braces for a long, hot summer with padlocked pools

Manchester’s virtual school programs will include learning activities, reading and social activities associated with food distribution. Enrichment activities …

Opening for a new school year will be ‘very, very tricky’, top Louisiana teacher says

“If parents are not comfortable sending their child to school we will have a virtual school option,” he said. Officials of the highly-ranked Ascension …

Wofford & Boulay: For-Profit Online Schools Are Doubling Down on Their Sales Pitches to Districts …

Threatened With Closure, Virtual School Embraced Accountability, Fired Its For-Profit Manager and Made Dramatic Gains for Its 9,000 Students.

NHS vice principal wins national award, inks book deal

In between organizing a handful of graduation events and managing the end of a virtual school year during a global pandemic, he’s received two …

CS Mucheru: Kenyan parents struggling to control online content for children

… are required to take a digital citizenship course that covers online safety, Meaghan Quillen, who runs the district’s virtual school program, said.

Nearly half of respondents interested in MPS virtual school option

… answered “yes” or “maybe” to the question, “Are you interested in a Virtual School option for your child for the Fall (of the) 2020-21 school year?”.

Brightest and Best: St. Johns Virtual School

Brightest and Best: St. Johns Virtual School. Published: June 21, 2020, 7:23 pm. Tags: brightest and best, education. Saluting the Class of 2020 …

Polk Co. Parents to Have “Virtual” Option for Children When Schools Reopen

What You Need To Know. Polk Virtual School to receive full funding; Polk County Education Association head called reopening announcement “rushed”

Plans for school reopening are offered

They also heard about a new virtual school at Wednesday’s meeting. Superintendent Darwan Lazard told the board about three different plans for …

Roseville, Fraser rolling out virtual learning options for new school year

Fraser will be launching Fraser Virtual K-12, an entirely virtual school for the 2020-21 school year. “While we are planning for students to return to our …

Remote teaching is limited. We need to get kids back into schools.

He is ready to start reading. He needs to be in school at a minimum of four consecutive days a week. The virtual school we experienced this spring was …

How COVID-19 Disrupted Education and What Parents Can Do About It

Melissa Martin is a full-time middle school math teacher and 2020-21 Teacher of the Year for Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Martin told Healthline that …

Fairfax County School board to vote on changing Robert E. Lee High School name

Four months after discussion first started, the process will resume Monday afternoon in a virtual school board hearing at 4 p.m.. The school board will …

How will the new school term look in your area?

A “virtual school” called campus@wdc has been set up with a mixture of live lessons and pre-recorded videos from teaching staff. West Lothian. The …

AccelerateED releases finalized guidelines for re-opening SC schools amid COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual S.C. is a virtual school run through the Department of Education that will be offered to students of public, private, or in-home schools for free.

Virtual school delivering 13milion lockdown lessons will stay open for 2020/21

A Government-backed virtual school will stay open for another year in case there are local lockdowns and children still need teaching remotely.

RSS moves ahead with plans for virtual K-8 school

SALISBURY — A dedicated virtual school is now in the works for Rowan-Salisbury Schools after a survey given to district families indicated a strong …

Shekhar Ravjiani, Global Indian International School join hands to launch virtual school of music

Shekhar Ravjiani, Global Indian International School join hands to launch virtual school of music. Select GIIS students across the globe would get …

Bay City Schools expanding online classes to include elementary, middle school kids

The Bay City Virtual School program, started in August 2019, currently enrolls about 90 high school students, according to a news release from the …

Red Bay Primary students hold virtual leaving ceremony

Zoom was called into action to provide the platform for the Red Bay Primary virtual school-leaving ceremony last week. On Friday, 72 members of the …

Loudoun County parents protest proposed school reopening plan

It adds input in writing and through public comment from parents at virtual school board meetings is welcome as well. Download the brand-new …

Carlisle HS gains third-straight gold level as a Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards winner

PA Virtual Charter School is the first virtual school to earn a GCEA award, according to a press release. Twenty-four schools earned gold level awards …

Charleston Rotary gives virtual salute to Top 10 in CHS Class of 2020

CHARLESTON — The virtual school year for Charleston High School’s Top Ten students of the Class of 2020 continued recently at a luncheon hosted …

Report Finds Evidence of Fraud At Sweetwater School District

… and former employees,” said San Diego County Superintendent Paul Gothold, who presented the report at Monday’s virtual school board meeting.

Centerville City Schools staff lay offs concerns parents of special education students

The announcement made during a virtual school board meeting on Monday. The cuts are a result of the loss of more than 2 million dollars in state …

Digital Academy and Leon County Virtual School: What’s the difference?

Digital Academy, Leon County Virtual School, Florida Virtual School — parents in Leon County are wondering what the different options mean for their …

School board workshops reopening plans; approves virtual school agreement, supervisor

Families have until July 11 to enroll their children with Citrus Virtual School, which will remain intact if campuses close. Deborah Dumas, the school …

TPS to announce plans for virtual school on Thursday

TPS to announce plans for virtual school on Thursday. This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630). TPS Superintendent Dr. Romules …

Orange County Public Schools encourages parents to consider virtual school amid pandemic

Students also must prove they attained grade level proficiency on at least one standardized test in the two previous school years. Orange County Virtual …

Mehlville is starting a K-12 virtual school; informational meetings will be held Tuesday

The Mehlville School District will be opening a virtual school in August called Mehlville@Home for students in kindergarten through high school, the …

Pupils’ achievements celebrated in the Lincolnshire School Games’ Virtual County Finals

The Lincolnshire Virtual School Games has been keeping children across the county active at home since the end of April with a programme of eight …

Greenville County Schools to allow young students to take virtual classes in the fall

More Greenville County parents will be able to enroll their children in virtual school this fall, the district announced Wednesday. In prior years, the …

Duval County Public Schools unveil back-to-school plan

… student’s school or through the district’s full time online virtual school, Duval Virtual Instruction Academy. “Our parent data was clear,” Greene said.

WCPSS survey: Most teachers uncomfortable returning to school at start of year

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) — In a virtual work session Tuesday, the Wake County Public School System school board discussed updates from district staff, …

City Schools still plan on August 7 opening

Friday will be virtual school for everyone, using devices issued by the school. Virtual students would attend school Friday to take proctored exams and …

Xceed Preparatory Academy CEO Announces New Virtual School

“We are excited to expand and offer our innovative virtual school so that students can complete their coursework as it best suits their schedule–any …

CCSD: All students will have option of entirely virtual school year

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – On Wednesday, Charleston County School District members met via Zoom to discuss moving forward with reopening …

TPS announces plans for virtual school option for upcoming school year

TPS announces plans for virtual school option for upcoming school year. This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630). The virtual classes …

Virtual school program is now available for homeschool families

The Inter-Mountain file photo Through the new virtual school program, homeschool students can achieve an accredited high school diploma and take …

New principals are announced in county schools

Kirk Campbell and Bianca Pratt have been named the new principals of Charleston Elementary School and Bradley County Virtual School, …

Little Rock School District parents get choice of in-person, virtual classes

Parents have until Monday to notify the district if they want their child to attend the district’s virtual school by submitting a form available at …

TPS announces virtual classroom option for fall semester

The virtual school format is similar to one used by online charter schools. With state guidelines for in-person instruction still pending, the district has …

Cobb to return to in-person school Aug. 3, with virtual option

Families will have to register for virtual school between July 2 and July 10, through the district’s ParentVUE Portal. Students new to Cobb will have to …

Supt. Addison Davis’ Plan For Reopening Hillsborough Schools

Hillsborough Virtual School will also be expanded to prevent losing students to the Florida Virtual School program. “I want our community to know that …

Niskayuna seniors find their voice on the school board

Modasra was joined by fellow graduating senior Reem Djebli at the virtual school board meetings this spring, as well as junior Selwa Khan, …

Northwest Florida school districts expecting rise in virtual schooling in Fall

Virtual school just continues on its regular schedule like normal,” said Emerson. He said the district sent out a survey to parents several weeks ago and …

Florence City Schools prepare for both virtual and traditional school

The district was one of the first in the state to have a virtual school option even before the coronavirus pandemic but now they are expanding its virtual …

FREE Trial Experience, Virtual School Day at Futures Academy

Middle school and high school students can join Futures Academy for a FREE Virtual School Day! Explore a passion with a highly trained instructor in …

South Florida School Districts Continue To Work On Plans For The 2020-21 School Year

The models include the existing Virtual School Program, an e-learning program at home, a hybrid of virtual and in school learning and the fourth option, …

Southeast Cornerstone Working on Contingency Plans for Fall

“In a virtual school, essentially, the professional teachers are still doing the planning, doing the instructing, and the assessing, and of course, there’ll …

Clay County School District releases tentative safety plan for reopening schools

In the new school year, parents can choose to have their children attend virtual school or brick-and-mortar campuses. Discovery Oaks Elementary …

Newport-Mesa district crafts plan for new school year as OC virus cases, hospitalizations surge

Board members on Tuesday approved an instructional model that would include a 100% virtual school option for parents reluctant to send their …

Gulf Shores, Mobile School officials prepared for school year guidance from State Supt.

Dr. Akin said Gulf Shores plans to offer virtual school for any student or parent, but health safety will be a big focus on campus and on buses. “It’s most …

CCSD discusses options to resume in-person classroom learning

The school district will still offer CCSD Online K-12 Virtual School for students whose parents do not wish to return to face-to-face classroom settings.

Brazos Valley SBOE rep discusses what school will look like this fall

She listed four options: in-person schooling, Texas Virtual School, and two remote school options (synchronous and asynchronous, a slight difference …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn-Trafford board to vote June 29 on reopening plans

… to enroll their child in remote learning platforms, such as the district’s online eAcademy program, an outside cyber school program or home school

Chester County Students Graduate from Reach Cyber Charter School

A statewide STEM-focused cyber school, Reach Cyber served more than 3,600 students in grades K-12 this school year. The majority of the graduates …

Most Carlisle area families, students favor a return to traditional classroom

… of the update is to encourage families to stay with a Carlisle Area School District education instead of transferring their student to a cyber school.

Groups weigh in on fall school openings

The district has offered its Virtual Academy cyber school program for a decade. But, it was not prepared to deliver education via that platform to 4,000 …

Plans in motion for WASD reopening

Kline said interested families seeking information on a district cyber school option can contact Dianne Eberhardt, Hooverville principal, via email …

Plans in motion for reopening of Waynesboro schools

Kline said interested families seeking information on a district cyber school option may contact Hooverville Elementary School Prinicipal Dianne …

Brockway Area School Board prepares for 2020-21 school year

… automated calling subscription, its Google Suite for Education programs, its cloud storage program, and multiple literacy and cyber school licenses.

North Allegheny school officials defining goals for coming year

The district had been working on reopening and expanding its cyber school, but “obviously, recent events have accelerated a lot of that work,” said ..

 

June 21, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual schools.

1. TI- PANDEMIC PROGRESS REPORT.
AU- MAUGHAN, SHANNON
JN- Publishers Weekly
PD- 6/8/2020, Vol. 267 Issue 23, p33-42
PG- 7p
IL- 5 Color Photographs
DT- 20200608
PT- Article
AB- The article examines how publishers and education companies are providing resources for educators, students, and families doing schoolwork at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. It mentions that Britten Follett, executive vice president of Follett School Solutions, has worked with its publisher partners to expand its collection of free and discounted e-books; and mentions that Mackin VIA platform by Mackin Educational Resources allows students and educators to access e-books and audiobooks.
DE- COVID-19 pandemic
SU- Publishers & publishing — United States
SU- Electronic books
SU- Educators — United States
CO- Mackin Educational Resources (Company)
FT- 3909
IS- 00000019
AN- 143630225

Next, I received the alert for cyber schools, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, once again I did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

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