Lakewood elementary school teachers deliver books to kids during remote learning

First grade teachers Nicole Andregg and Patricia Birch found a way to stay connected to their students.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — This year, the school year is unprecedented, and different on so many levels for everyone, including teachers.

Two first-grade teachers, from Hayes Elementary School in Lakewood, found a way to bridge the gap and connect with kids, through reading.

When their students started the school year off remotely, Nicole Andregg and Patricia Birch knew many of their students didn’t have what they needed.

“We also knew that a lot of kids don’t have books in their hands all the time. So we thought, ‘why don’t we just start a bookmobile?’ We can deliver books to children and say hi to them. And they’ll get to see our faces and have a little special treat from us,” Patricia said.

“They’re just smiling and beaming and we are, too,” Nicole echoed.

Teaming

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Best kids motivational books: Quotes, poems and educational guides

From fears about coronavirus to not being able to go to school for months on end, 2020 has been a difficult year for children.

Parents and carers of children aged four to 10 told the Co-SPACE study that they’d seen increases in youngsters’ emotional difficulties during lockdown, including feeling unhappy, worried, and clingy.

Those with children at secondary school reported a reduction in their emotional difficulties but an increase in their feelings of restlessness and difficulties in concentrating.

It probably isn’t surprising that the number of motivational books designed to boost children’s wellbeing and help, motivate and inspire them is growing.

From titles by well-known names like Matthew Syed and Chris Hoy to guides by psychotherapists, teachers and specialists, there’s a wealth of guidance and advice for children – and lots of fun activities too.

We’ve taken a look at some of the most inspiring self-help guides for children published

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Dhammika Perera launches DP Kids free online learning platform | Times Online

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To support education excellence among children, Hayleys Group co-chairman and philanthropist Dhammika Perera and his wife Priscilla Perera have launched another initiative.

Seven specially designed animated character for DP Kids

The platform, DP Kids, aims to provide free access to pre-school education to a minimum of 264,000 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, which amounts to 20 per cent of the 1.32 million children in Sri Lanka.

The launch of DP Kids represents the latest in a series of initiatives as part of its groundbreaking efforts to leverage platforms like DP Education and DP Digital University to deliver free education and empower a new generation of Sri Lankan school and university students, DP Kids said in a media release.

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong foundation for lifelong education and learning abilities, including cognitive

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Northern Virginia schools want to send kids into classrooms again. Will teachers come back, too?

Teachers’ unions in all three districts, which together enroll nearly 300,000 students, are deploring the return plans as unclear, ill-conceived and insufficient to keep teachers safe during the pandemic. Educators are asking for more comprehensive cleaning, coronavirus reporting and contact tracing protocols. And they are arguing that school officials should slow down the return-to-school timeline.

“What would happen if a student or employee develops covid? We’re not sure,” said Sandy Sullivan, president of the 3,800-strong Loudoun Education Association. “It just seems there are a lot of balls up in the air with no clear answers.”

In response, school administrators are insisting teachers must return to the classroom if they cannot prove that medical necessity — such as a prexisting condition — requires they remain home. Their other options are unpaid leave or the loss of their jobs.

Arlington Public Schools recently sent an email to employees asking them to indicate

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Kids and teachers have now caught coronavirus in 16 schools, N.J. officials say

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators.

At least five more New Jersey schools have had COVID-19 outbreaks in which students and teachers contracted the virus either on school property or in extracurricular activities, state officials said Thursday.

That brings the total of school outbreaks to 16 since the start of the school year, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

The new outbreaks included two in Salem County involving a total of eight cases, one in Ocean County with three cases and one each in Atlantic and Bergen counties, both involving two cases, according to the data. The names of the schools and school districts were not released.

The 16 outbreaks include a total of 58 cases statewide in which students and teachers tested positive for COVID-19. Considering there are

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Remote learning has been a disaster for many students, but some kids have thrived

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John was having some trouble in class.

The seventh-grader had been diagnosed with ADHD and a language disorder that makes processing verbal and nonverbal cues a challenge. Despite extra support he received through his Individualized Education Plan for students with disabilities, John often felt overwhelmed by the chaos of his middle school classroom.

“He just gets distracted,” said his mother, Alex, who spoke on the condition that her last name be withheld to protect her son’s privacy. “That’s his biggest issue.”

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And then, suddenly, John was no longer in class. Like millions of other American school children, he was pushed into remote learning from home when the coronavirus hit this spring.

But something surprising happened. John did better learning remotely than he had in person, the

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How do you talk online privacy with kids?

Calls for vigilance about password security and phishing emails are often directed at groups such as those who work from home or seniors.

But as the pandemic pushes more of daily life online, there’s another demographic to consider:

Kids.

Patrick Craven directs the Clearwater-based Center for Cyber Safety and Education, a nonprofit focused on helping consumers and organizations get up to speed on best digital security practices. It’s part of a global cybersecurity training organization called the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

Part of the center’s mission is to start this kind of education as young as possible. As October is “Cybersecurity Awareness Month,” Craven spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about how parents can begin to teach their children about staying safe online. This interview was edited for length and clarity.

Why is it important to teach kids cybersecurity?

We did a study a few years back and

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We have our 6-year-old child in a Catholic school, and Catholic schools are the few schools open for in-person learning in our county. The year started with distance learning and without much notice opened for in-person learning, with an option to continue distance learning if desired. For a variety of reasons (rushed reopening with some serious safety concerns in the plan, no smaller class sizes, mixing cohorts at extended care, being the first schools in our area to reopen for in-person, and someone in our family who’s

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Sunday Times – Philanthropist Dhammika Perera launches DP Kids free online learning platform

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To support education excellence among children, Hayleys Group co-chairman and philanthropist Dhammika Perera and his wife Priscilla Perera have launched another initiative. 

The platform, DP Kids, aims to provide free access to pre-school education to a minimum of 264,000 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, which amounts to 20 per cent of the 1.32 million children in Sri Lanka.  

The launch of DP Kids represents the latest in a series of initiatives as part of its groundbreaking efforts to leverage platforms like DP Education and DP Digital University to deliver free education and empower a new generation of Sri Lankan school and university students, DP Kids said in a media release. 

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong foundation for lifelong education and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. Well-established research

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Help kids learn about government operations with this week’s free learning resources | Sponsored: The Community Bank

Editor’s Note

This article is brought to you by CLB The Community Bank.

The school year looks different for Louisiana families, as many districts are using either a complete online or hybrid learning model. To help parents and teachers, LPB and the Department of Education have developed dozens of academic resources for kids of all ages.

The Advocate, The Acadiana Advocate and The New Orleans Advocate | The Times-Picayune are pleased to partner with LPB and CLB The Community Bank to share these resources with families. Each week, our websites and social media channels will feature a list of resources for students, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go to that resource.

The Advocate group is Louisiana’s largest news group and is proud to be Louisiana-owned, with a combined reach of more than 10 million unique users each month on

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