Haslam discusses new online education resource

The former Tennessee governor talked about the idea, announced this week, during an interview with 10News.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Gov. Bill Haslam hopes a new education initiative dubbed Better Student Outcomes Now will drive conversations to ensure Tennessee students are getting the best education they can amid COVID-19 challenges.

Haslam discussed the idea, announced this week, during an interview with 10News.

You can learn more about Better Student Outcomes, which is supported by the Bill and Crissy Haslam Foundation among other organizations, here.

It’s meant to serve as a go-to source of information for the public and policymakers about education strategies that have shown success in improving student achievement. That includes proven education models and programs.

“We know we’ve lost a lot with COVID. But amidst everything else that we’re talking about, don’t lose the main thing — and the main thing is, are our students actually having better

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1-month into remote learning, BPS Board discusses personal report card

BPS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said Wednesday he’s not convinced shifting to hybrid learning right now is the best thing for the district, parents or students.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Exactly a month since the start of the 2020 school year, the Buffalo Public School Board on Wednesday night reviewed the good and bad about its remote learning plan.

The board members discussed everything from curriculum changes to professional development, as well as how education after the COVID-19 pandemic will change.

For starters, even when kids return to brick and mortar schools, Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said online learning is likely here to stay.

“The goal was always to get better in the [online] modality,” Dr. Cash said.

The board members said the flexibility that online learning has provided is a benefit to the district. Professional development was also called a success.

Dr. Cash cited improved bonds between teachers and building

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Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan Discusses Distance Learning’s Challenges and Potential Amid Pandemic

HOUSTON, October 2, 2020 — Asia Society Texas Center was pleased to present the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, Sal Khan, along with moderator Laura Arnold, co-chair of Arnold Ventures, in a webcast addressing educational equity as part of the COVID-19: New Realities series. The two discussed how the inequities of online learning can be addressed, as well as the future of online education.

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Arnold began by asking Khan to share how he started Khan Academy and how it became what it is today. Khan said the idea came to him during his days of managing a hedge fund, when his younger cousin Nadia asked him for help with school. When he

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Gov. Lamont discusses the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont provided an update into the state’s COVID-19 response efforts Thursday evening.  

FOX61’s Brent Hardin asks Governor Lamont about COVID-19 in CT

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The Governor’s office released Wednesday’s COVID-19 numbers showing an even higher positivity rate for the virus. There were 10,372 tests administered and 192 came back positive, yielding a 1.9 percent positivity rate. 

Hospitalizations increased again by three people bringing the current total to 107 patients. There were also three new COVID-19 related deaths, Connecticut’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 4,511 people.  

Lamont spoke about nursing homes and the third-party independent review from Mathematic. The state is already

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Education committee discusses long-term effects of remote learning

Remote learning and school districts’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were in the spotlight Wednesday at a Senate Education Committee and Higher Education Committee joint hearing.



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The hearing was the latest in the Black Caucus’ agenda-building series of hearings focusing on education, criminal justice and health care.

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Robin Steans, president of the education policy and advocacy organization Advance Illinois, said it is challenging to determine whether or not a teacher is reaching a student when they are not in the classroom.

“Just showing up and logging in is very different,” Steans said. “It is so much more challenging for a teacher to be able to understand whether a kid is really engaging in the material when you are trying to do things like hybrid fashion, remote, etc.”

Steans said being out of the classroom is causing kids to fall behind. She cited

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Douglas Paul Dohrman Discusses How to Build Kids’ STEM Skills From Home

Douglas Paul Dohrman recently discussed how parents can help build their kids’ STEM education skills from home.

Science, technology, engineering, mathematic — they’re the basis of STEM education and essential areas of learning for kids of all ages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently stated that there are more than 8.6 million STEM-oriented jobs in the United States. Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that that number is continuously rising, and it’s important for kids to develop STEM skills, even when learning from home.

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced many kids to start the new school year online from home,” Douglas Paul Dohrman said. “That can make hands-on learning very difficult, and STEM education is very hands-on.”

Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that because STEM learning is so experiment-based, it’s important for parents to help advance their kids’ STEM skills at home. He offered a few ways for parents to help advance these

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New UNLV President Keith Whitfield discusses job

New UNLV President Keith Whitfield described his first month on the job as “drinking from a fire hose.”

In July, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents voted to hire Whitfield — following a search committee’s unanimous recommendation — under a four-year contract. He started on the job Aug. 24, the first day of the fall semester, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNLV — which has about 31,000 students and R1 research status by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for “very high research activity” — is “such an incredibly complex organization,” Whitfield said in a Friday interview with the Review-Journal.

Whitfield said he’s “really just learning everything and not presuming anything” about what’s going on at the university. He said he has received a lot of support stepping into the position.

As the new president, “it’s trying to figure out how you take great to better,”

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