Educator Voices

With the cloud of the Corona Virus hanging over us and growing by the hour, it is difficult to see any silver lining. Health and safety are our greatest concerns. The stakes are high and the consequences may be fatal to too many. Anything I discuss here should not in any way diminish the...
Whew. I’ve been officially “out of school” for the last two weeks and I’ve never been more exhausted. Who’s with me?! I’ve spent that time trying to get myself and my students up to speed with some formats for online teaching. I’ve experimented with several...
For 6-year-old Sadie Hernandez, the first day of online school started at her round, wooden kitchen table in Jacksonville, Fla. She turned on an iPad and started talking to her first grade teacher, Robin Nelson. “Are you ready to do this online stuff?” her teacher asks, in a video sent...
A meandering thought ramble on the current pandemic to redirect my overly-anxious brain. This week, New Zealand went into lockdown for four weeks after announcing a national emergency plus moving to the highest Level 4 alert. The opposite was sent to all mobile phones in the country...
Concerns over the coronavirus have shuttered public and school libraries around the world, depriving their regular patrons of free access to the Internet, shelter and, of course, books — just when many of them could use them the most. It’s difficult to replicate the manifold services offered...

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