Kansas schools must find better solution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state education commissioner Randy Watson said schools will need to rethink the way they deliver education amid the coronavirus pandemic because what is happening now is “not sustainable.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watson told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards on Friday that one of the best solutions is to return students for five-day-a-week learning, while keeping class sizes to fewer than 15 students while requiring masks and social distancing.

Watson said schools may need to partner with other organizations in the community, like churches or businesses that are closed anyway because of the pandemic to get enough room to space out students.

Watson also suggested that schools look internally for backup and use non-teaching school staff — like librarians, paraeducators, substitute teachers, central office staff and reading specialists — to fill the ranks.

“Everyone is going to have to be

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How COVID-19 is shaping higher education

New research has revealed that 68% of Australian higher education students report that they are falling behind on their studies due to the pandemic.

The global study by Instructure, titled: ‘The State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education’, was based on a survey it commissioned from Hanover Research of 550 Australian students and administrators.

It found that while COVID-19 is generating a “fundamental shift” in how education is delivered, students are being impacted the most.

When asked about the specific impacts, students particularly identified its impact on student success (82%) and their ability to stay engaged with studies during online and remote learning (72%).

“Socioeconomic factors also heightened disparities as equitable access to technology, internet and learning resources continue to be a key challenge,” Christopher Bradman, Instructure’s APAC general manager, told The Educator.

“The pandemic continues to intensify these inequities in higher education, further disrupting student success, academic

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National Voter Education Week 2020 Aims To Reach Nonvoters

ACROSS AMERICA — A national nonpartisan campaign will set aside a week in October to help bridge the education gap between polling booths and new and never-before voters.

This year, National Voter Education Week kicks off Oct. 5. Continuing through Oct. 9, this digital education campaign — a project led by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition — hopes to teach voters how to find their polling location, understand their ballot, make a plan to vote in person or remotely, and more ahead of the November presidential election.

In anticipation of National Voter Education Week, here’s what you should know about the campaign and voting in your state prior to the election.

1) Why is National Voter Education Week needed?

Since the last presidential election, more than 15 million Americans became old enough to vote — and chances are more than 40 percent will never cast a ballot.

In 2016,

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Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee directs another $6 million to higher education

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BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted Friday to direct another $6 million in federal relief funds to higher education in Idaho.

This brings the total financial support from federal COVID funds for the public institutions this year to $54.4 million.

“Idaho’s institutions of higher education play a huge role in our state’s economic prosperity, and it is critical that we support students as much as possible during these unprecedented times,” Governor Little said. “It was a priority of mine that higher education institutions were fully funded to cover the increased operating costs associated with COVID.”

The breakdown of federal COVID funding for higher education so far includes:

  • $36,175,557 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: This was a direct distribution from the federal government to institutions. At least half is to be used for emergency grants to students to cover student financial
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Portland middle school schedules clarified, rural district pushes to reopen high school: The week in education

In late July, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said students may not see the inside of a classroom for months if the state didn’t curb steadily rising coronavirus infections.

For much of August, the average daily rate of new cases steadily fell until it hit a season low in mid-September. Then, rates started to climb.

New state modeling shows what Oregon health officials call a “discouraging” trend as the most optimistic scenario forecasts an average of 800 new cases per day by Oct. 22, or about 19 per 100,000 residents.

That’s nearly double the threshold state health and education officials set for all of Oregon’s students to return to in-person instruction.

Those rising infection rates have dashed some districts’ hopes of allowing their students back into classrooms, most notably in Lane and Douglas counties, where spikes in case counts scuttled districts’ hopes of a state-sanctioned reopening.

Here are some of the

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Meet Jyla and Citlali: kindergartener and high school senior offer lens into online learning

When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools last spring, teachers and families braced for a brief interruption of a few weeks.

Instead, the abrupt and often stumbling shift to virtual learning bled from one school year to the next. For half a year, students have entered classrooms through computer screens and connected with schoolmates on video conferences, while teachers improvised online lessons.

Schools scrambled to reimagine education for an era of quarantine, and entered the fall semester better prepared to stream math, science and reading lessons into millions of homes. Despite those ubiquitous live feeds, it’s unclear how well students are learning.

Are online lessons capturing their attention, or leaving their eyes glazed-over from long hours of screen-time? Do they understand teachers’ instructions, and know how to pose questions if they don’t? Do younger students and those with disabilities risk falling behind developmentally? And are those nearing graduation destined for uncertain

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Education Edition announces Global Build Championship





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Minecraft: Education Edition teaches about teamwork, creative thinking, and so much more.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Education Edition adds new tools and education-focused features on top of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.
  • It’s a powerful tool for educators and children, and announced its Global Build Championship at Minecraft Live.
  • Students would work together in teams of one to three to build sustainable environments for humans and animals to co-exist, and can be registered by their educators to win the Championship.
  • Minecraft: Education Edition is also planning a new lesson category focusing on the exploration of racial equity, history, and social justice movements.

Minecraft Live will be chock full of news about the entirety of the Minecraft universe, including Minecraft Dungeons, but an area that has been increasingly important for Mojang Studios is Minecraft’s place in education. Minecraft: Education Edition has proven itself to be a

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Jihadist regime forbids philosophy in Syria’s Idlib

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which controls almost the entirety of Syria’s Idlib province, forbids philosophy and related courses in the universities of the area. 

HTS did not allow the University of Idlib, which is run by its Syrian Salvation Government to open a philosophy department. It also banned any philosophical forums or cultural events as well as publications about philosophy.  

The group’s critics, including activists from the Syrian revolution and academics who do not live under its scope of control, consider banning philosophy part of HTS’ ideological war on critical thinking.

HTS seized the province of Idlib in early 2019 after defeating the Nour al-din al-Zenki Movement, which controlled areas in the western countryside of Aleppo. Its formation of the government meant that no other factions had a say in the management of Idlib.

HTS was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United

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Unlock 5.0: Education Ministry Issues Guidelines For Reopening of Schools, Colleges



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New Delhi: The Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines for reopening of schools during the Unlock 5 phase. As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can also open outside containment zones after October 15. However, the decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with the states/UTs. For schools/coaching centres Students can come to school but they will need a written consent of their parents or guardians. Online learning will still be encouraged in case students decide not to come to schools. States and Union Territories will need to prepare their SOPs in line with the Centre’s Unlock 5 guidelines, and in accordance with the ground situation in their respective units.
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SIUE and SIUC to co-host annual Global Fusion Conference

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville together with SIU Carbondale will host the 20th Annual Global Fusion Conference Friday-Sunday Oct. 9-11 in what will be the event’s first-ever virtual gathering.

The goal of the conference is to promote academic excellence in global media and international communication studies. It is sponsored by a consortium of universities, including SIUE, SIUC, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University and Temple University.

Under the theme “(In)visibility in global communication: Connections and Inequities,” the plenary panel brings together a rising filmmaker and two media scholars to discuss the Black Lives Matter and global anti-racist movement from Ferguson, Mo., to Cape Town, South Africa. Because it is virtual, there will be presenters from the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Europe.

According to Musonda Kapatamoyo, PhD, chair and professor in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mass Communications, the virtual conference

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