Education Dive | June 29, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a plan to expand high-speed internet access to 100,000 students in low-income households at a cost of $50 million over four years, paid for in part with federal coronavirus response funds and donations, Chalkbeat reports.The city is working in collaboration on the effort with service providers Comcast and RCN, along with advocacy groups like Kids First Chicago. The first two years of the program will be funded by $5 million in federal coronavirus funds and philanthropic donations that include $750,000 from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and the cost of the third and fourth years will be covered by Chicago Public Schools.This spring, the district distributed 100,000 computers in addition to providing mobile hotspots to homeless students, though efforts mostly focused around directing families to a 60-day free internet offer from Comcast. Many students still fell through the cracks, with an April study from Kids First and the Metropolitan Planning Council finding one in five students lacked home internet, especially in Black and Hispanic communities.
education news | June 16, 2021
Education Resources, Inc., a leading continuing education provider for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists, has added "Treatment of Motor Issues in Children with Sensory Dysfunction Online Series" to its robust on-demand, online course catalog, taught by the internationally renowned and engaging instructor, Liesa Ritchie-Persaud PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP.
The series, which is now available on ERI's website, was initially recorded during a live webinar and can directly be accessed from the comfort of one's own home or workplace. This on-demand online learning opportunity is available from ERI for $299 per person. Participants will have one year to complete the course and downloadable handout materials, earning 11.5 contact hours (1.15 CEUs).
Ritchie-Persaud teaches therapists how to use "Sensory Aware" tools with young clients referred for gross motor and sensory-motor challenges. Participants will learn how to use sensory information to enhance functional outcomes and boost school and home engagement by improving children's postural control, foundational weakness, instability, incoordination, motor planning, and restricted mobility.
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ASCD | May 07, 2020
While another could be reducing the amount of activities going on concurrently in their lives, from clubs to after-school sports, which the pandemic has done.
Teachers are reporting remote learning has been a boon for some students, allowing them to focus more on their work as distractions from the classroom.
Some students now have a reduced workload, and in some cases even grading requirements are now lifted.
Teachers are reporting remote learning has been a boon for some students, allowing them to focus more on their work as distractions from the classroom, including even bell schedules, are now removed, according to a story in Edutopia — and some of these shifts may be able to be incorporated back into schools when buildings reopen. One option may be to give students flexibility around when work is completed, taking breaks that make sense for them, while another could be reducing the amount of activities going on concurrently in their lives, from clubs to after-school sports, which the pandemic has done.
Some students now have a reduced workload, and in some cases even grading requirements are now lifted. These changes, as well as the ability to sleep later, may be helping students reduce stress. And while some students deeply miss their friends, others are finding relief in not having to navigate difficult social situations. Curriculum designers must create lessons that support all students and address learning needs that differ among a school, classroom or community. That’s without a doubt a challenge: One child, for example, may be an auditory learner while another is more visual.
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“Curriculum designers must create lessons that support all students and address learning needs that differ among a school, classroom or community,".
Some may need more time to complete tasks while others may do better with fewer distractions.
With social distancing rules still in effect for most students and these children finishing the current school year from home, educators and administrators must now rethink how to support students and their unique learning needs, which, as curriculum and development non-profit ASCD notes, all students have.
“Weaving project-based learning into lessons can take more time to construct, something curriculum designers should note if they’re going to use this method” .
One method — which can be adopted both in the classroom and with at-home learning — is project-based learning, where educators allow students to choose how they work through assignments and even how they complete their work. Some students may choose a final project that’s writing based, some could put together a video, diorama or other visual option, and others may build or even code a website, taking advantage of technology skills.
Weaving project-based learning into lessons can take more time to construct, something curriculum designers should note if they’re going to use this method. They need to ensure teachers have the resources they need to follow this route, including time. But by giving students more options in how to express themselves, and their learning, they may be helping to ensure all students’ individual learning needs are supported, no matter where that learning happens.
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