Some students missing, not engaged in online learning

Southeast Texas district leaders are working on tracking down hundreds of students who are enrolled but have not yet participated in virtual or in-person learning this year.

Beaumont ISD Superintendent Shannon Allen discussed the issue during a virtual town hall sponsored by 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont Tuesday night.

“We are still looking for many students who have … chosen face-to-face learning, but haven’t shown up,” Allen said. “We are calling parents. Our administrators are looking for parents and looking for our kids.”

The problem is not unique to Beaumont or Southeast Texas.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who also participated in the town hall Tuesday, said the problem is seen across the state but is improving.

“We are actively monitoring the attendance situation,” Morath said. “But we are seeing an increase every four weeks.”

Despite those increases, however, BISD is down 936 students from this time last year,

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Frog Street Offers Extensive “At-Home Learning” Resources to Help Children Stay Engaged in New Hybrid Learning Environments

DALLAS, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Frog Street, a leading provider of comprehensive early childhood education solutions, has launched multiple new platforms and resources to help early childhood educators and parents navigate the new hybrid at-home learning scenarios for children ages 3 to 5. The extensive set of resources range from daily, interactive lessons and activities to a standards-based, research-validated application with more than 11,000 high-quality online learning activities.

“We recognize learning at home poses unique challenges in early education, from attention spans to screen time, so we developed new tools and a broad array of high-quality content to support a variety of instructional settings,” commented Ron Chase, Frog Street CEO. “The goal of Frog Street’s At-Home Learning program is to help children stay engaged and continue progressing using comprehensive online resources that align with and reinforce our curriculum used in the classroom.”

Frog Street’s At-Home Learning includes the following

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Teacher shows how much energy she needs to keep students engaged in online learning: ‘The hardest job ever’

Teachers who were trained to educate in bustling classrooms are now being forced to adapt to virtual learning on the fly. 

A kindergarten teacher shared on TikTok how she is keeping her class of kindergarteners interested during video calls. Mackenzie posted a video highlighting her incorporation of visual cues into teaching on her TikTok account kenziiewenz. 

“My facial expressions trying to keep kindergarteners engaged in online learning,” she wrote in the video caption. 

In the clip, Mackenzie is teaching her class of 5-year-olds about the number four. 

“The number four,” Mackenzie announces, cheerfully holding up four fingers with one hand. 

“I see Brandon is holding up two and two. That will also make four,” she says with double peace signs. 

“I see four and zero,” she puts up four fingers with one hand and uses her fist to make a “0.” 

Mackenzie then asks the students what kind of pictures

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