Annie Malone Center helping special needs children not fall behind in virtual learning | News Headlines

ST. LOUIS ( — Online learning is hard enough for kids, but parents with students with special needs say their children are getting left behind. 

One local organization is working to keep those kids pressing ahead.

Carnadria Smith says it was the fear of her special needs son falling behind that had her concerned during the coronavirus shutdown.

“I’m not a therapist, I’m just mommy,” said Smith.

She’s one of many parents with concerns over virtual learning for students who need alternative learning.

 “Him trying to get through virtual learning, I didn’t know how to navigate that,” she said.  

Her 11-year-old son suffers from Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

Kylann Clayborn is Smith son’s teacher at the Emerson Therapeutic Academy and says during the three months of virtual learning, he saw a significant drop in how student were performing.

“Not being able to sit right there and hold their hand through the

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COVID-19 and schools: Advice from Houston educators to parents struggling with helping kids learn from home

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Virtual learning is well underway for many school children across Southeast Texas, and some school districts have returned to in-person instruction, like Fort Bend ISD.

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre said some students need an in-person learning environment to thrive.

“We have many students [that] need more direct interaction, those kinds of things,” he said.

But many parents, for whom virtual learning is the only option, are struggling to balance their new roles as teachers and technology experts with their already-existing responsibilities.

Kinsey Wall, a mother of two boys who attend a Houston ISD school, said her family is doing their best to support the children, but that it can be challenging.

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“I’m the tech support for the Wall family,” she said. “If I’m struggling to find things

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NAU program helping kids with special needs navigate online learning | State of Arizona Schools

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Sarah Dorman from Flagstaff has been on a mission to help her 11-year-old son with special needs and many other families facing online learning hurdles. The mother of two decided to reach out to Northern Arizona University with an idea to utilize college students who are hungry for experience.

“You can’t understate the value of our future educators; they have the heart for our kiddos,” said Dorman.

She helped kick-start a new program at the College of Education where seniors can get credit for going into families’ homes and helping students with disabilities with virtual learning.

“They are literally making a difference for some of our most deserving students in such a unique way. It has been wonderful,” said Michelle Novelli, an assistant clinical professor with the Department of Teaching and Learning at NAU.

Novelli said the students in the program trained for weeks before

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Josephine Peterson: Tacoma homeless shelter has new role in COVID-19 pandemic: Helping to educate kids

Returning to school is tricky for every family this year.

For families living in a shelter with limited Wi-Fi, the challenges can feel insurmountable.

“My biggest fear is that my daughter is going to fall through the cracks and not get the education she needs,” Felicia Drew said. “It’s touch and go. I don’t know what will happen.”

Drew and her 10-year-old daughter, Laurise Drew, are staying at the Tacoma Rescue Missions’ Adams Street Family Campus.

Laurise attends fifth grade at Tacoma School District’s Bryant Montessori School. She is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) focused on English and math.

Her mother is concerned she won’t receive the specialized education she needs. At the end of the prior school year, Felicia said, they struggled with the laptop they were given, and class was generalized for all.

Felicia is meeting with her daughter’s IEP teacher to create a plan for

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on how ‘Watchmen’ is helping to ‘right the wrongs,’ educate viewers on Tulsa Massacre [Video]

The opening scenes of HBO’s Watchmen portrayed the horrifying events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — in which upwards of 300 African Americans were killed when mobs of white residents attacked “Black Wall Street” in the city’s prosperous Greenwood District — leading to a spike in internet searches by viewers who had never learned about the racial violence and weren’t sure if the depicted events were actually true.

In the months that have followed, the team behind the critically acclaimed show has made that education an ongoing effort. In accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series Sunday night, creator Damon Lindlelof wore a “Remember Tulsa ‘21” T-shirt and dedicated the win to its victims and survivors.

Earlier in the weekend, co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II talked to Yahoo Entertainment about the show’s pivotal history lesson during an interview promoting his upcoming Netflix film, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

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