Nashville schoolroom helps single parents with students’ online learning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several metropolitan cities are still holding school entirely online, but that’s posed a lot of challenges for families — especially single parents who can’t work from home or can’t help their children while working from home.

One nonprofit in Nashville is doing everything it can to ensure as many children as possible are getting their education.

Chanwnika Sander is a single mother of Tristan, a 4th grader at a KIPP school in Nashville.

“His dad was taken to the … prison system, so he was gone for the majority of Tristan’s life, so I have been the sole support for him since … since he came out,” Sanders said.

She’s not alone. According to Metro Social Services, more than 13% of households in Nashville are run by single mothers, compared to 4% run by fathers.

Helping families out

When the pandemic

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Shades of Green: Local company helps people build symbiotic relationships with the land

Brandy Hall (Photos by Virginie Drujon Kipellen)

By Beth Ward

“I got a text from a client recently who has a three-year-old,” says Brandy Hall, ecological designer and managing director of Shades of Green Permaculture. “They were in the garden and found a bunny rabbit eating their strawberries. The three-year-old was sitting near the bunny, too, also eating the strawberries. And I just thought, ‘this the whole reason I do this. This is everything.’”

What Hall and her team at Shades of Green do in a general sense is install ecologically sustainable landscapes for clients as varied as Monday Night Brewing, Grady High School and a residential farming development in Costa Rica. They help build habitats for birds, bees and pollinators. They restore watersheds, rebuild depleted soil, create landscapes where native and edible plants can thrive. They install berry thickets and fruit trees, rain gardens, flowers that attract hummingbirds. They

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Gutenberg Technology Helps Cengage Accelerate Digital-First Content Disruption in Higher Education

Content Platform Provider Supports eReader capabilities for Cengage Unlimited’s library of 14,000 eTextbooks

Gutenberg Technology (GT), provider of the premier end-to-end content management platform, today announced its partnership with Cengage, an education and technology company and the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, to bring eTextbooks and study tools to millions of college students across the U.S. GT’s publishing platform, has aided Cengage in rapidly bringing its content library to market, hosting more than 14,000 eTextbooks that are available to Cengage subscribers.

Through this partnership, GT helps support the content engine behind several product offerings within Cengage Unlimited, the first all-access subscription service for the college textbook and course materials market, which has helped more than 2.2 million college students save more than $200 million on textbooks and course materials. Cengage leverages the power of GT’s authoring tool to transform static text, media, and assessments

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Iowa City program helps students navigate online learning

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — While Kevyn Doningueiz, 11, a sixth-grader at Mark Twain Elementary, focuses on his virtual learning, his younger siblings get help from volunteers who can teach them how to use the computer and access online classes — thanks to Neighborhood NESTS.

The Neighborhood NESTS — Nurturing Every Student Together Safely — is organized and operated by local not-for-profit groups for students in the Iowa City Community School District to access free Wi-Fi and get technical and academic support from volunteers, and for families to receive some child care services.

Doningueiz has been attending a Neighborhood NESTS operated by Open Heartland, a not-for-profit serving families in five mobile home communities in Johnson County whose residents are mainly Hispanic immigrants.

When Iowa City schools announced a virtual start to the school year, Open Heartland pivoted its mission to open a nest.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the organization

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Michigan Made ‘Hoglet’ Helps Students with Special Needs Focus

All of us learn in different ways and for kids who have a harder time focusing, learning from home can be especially Hoglet 03challenging.  That’s why Parker Lynch, a special education teacher, and creator of the Hoglet, brought a team together to create the prototype. The Hoglet is a mix between a fidget toy and a computer mouse.

It all started when Lynch, who grew up with ADHD was working kids with autism and discovered that fidget toys helped students focus. He tried finding a device that would help them but it didn’t exist.  That’s when he created the Hoglet along with his team, most of whom are based in Traverse City.

“There’s a lot of scientific studies that show that fidgeting can actually help you focus it’s a good way to expel energy while keeping your, I guess like your sight on what the actual job is at hand,” says

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Clovis teen’s free online tutoring helps students across the country

A free online tutoring program, started by a Clovis teen, is going nationwide and now helping kids across the country.

What started as an idea to help students in the Central Valley has quickly spread.

“We started getting responses from many different states,” said founder of Tutor Nirvana Jai Mehrotra-Varma.

The Clovis North senior started to provide free tutoring to students struggling with online learning.

“I knew this was an opportunity that could benefit not just my community but other communities,” added Varma. “I started reaching out to other leaders and tried to get them to establish chapters in their communities.”

Varma says they are now working with students in 23 states and have recently created a YouTube channel.

“Subjects like biology, chemistry, algebra, geometry just to name a few,” said Varma.

The team consists of student volunteers from across the country, like Maggie Reznik, a fellow tutor for

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Battle Ground schools Parent Academy helps families navigate kids’ virtual learning

Cassondra Smith’s office looks more like a semi-pro film studio these days, complete with a glowing ring light and heavy-duty microphone.

The Vancouver woman is an educational technology coach for Battle Ground Public Schools, a job whose pandemic purpose is evident in her title. Usually, Smith is working to help teachers navigate their classroom websites and digital assignments. In this time of virtual learning from home, she’s busier than ever.

“With distance learning it is very challenging trying to get students to access their assignments, to connect with their teachers,” Smith said. “Things are just brand new right now.”

For frazzled families, there can be no greater barrier to virtual learning than connecting to classes. It’s why Battle Ground Public Schools launched its Parent Academy program this school year, giving parents class work of their own to help them navigate virtual learning.

Smith is among those teachers spending a few

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As Schools Begin Virtually, New Book Helps Ease Children’s Fears Over Online Learning

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BRIDGEWATER, Va., Sept. 24, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Morgan Books today announced the release of their new timely book, “ Madi Goes to Virtual School ” (ISBN: 979-8673380277) by author Rob Morgan. As millions of school children have returned to the classroom this fall, many of them are doing so virtually, learning from kitchen tables and laptop screens rather than the familiar flexible seating and SMART boards that define so many modern teaching spaces.

And, while school districts have opted for distance learning in an effort to keep students and their communities safe, children all over the country may struggle with feeling isolated from their friends and classmates. “ Madi Goes to Virtual School ” reunites the stories of Rob Morgan with illustrations of Noel Mugaviri for their second children’s book

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Scholarship Helps DC Student Find Challenging Education

WASHINGTON, DC — Alexander Acosta, an eighth grader at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., was recently named a Caroline D. Bradley scholar by the Institute for Educational Advancement.

Alexander is one of 28 gifted middle school students to receive the four-year scholarship, which will allow them to attend academically challenging high schools.

For Alexander, the scholarship enabled him to attend St. Albans, where his brother Benjamin, who had previously won the same scholarship, was already a student.

“We had Benjamin apply and he got in,” said Joann Acosta, the boys’ mother. “He looked at a few different schools, and then once he got in, we of course wanted Alex to go the same school. So that’s kind of how he wound up in there.”

In addition to being more challenging than the public schools the brothers had previously attended, St. Albans is also much more expensive, about $50,000 a

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Las Vegas in-clinic education center helps kids with cancer keep learning

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation celebrated the opening of Nevada’s first in-clinic education center for pediatric cancer patients Thursday morning.

Janie’s Classroom, which opened last month, is devoted to helping young patients keep up with their schooling while they’re receiving treatment at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a Summerlin nonprofit dedicated to research and treatment of childhood cancer. The Agassi Foundation funded the project.

The classroom is named after Janie Bordinhao, a teacher who died of cancer in January 2019 at age 26. Her mother, Ellen Bordinhao, played a major role in making the center happen.

“It’s up to those who bear her memory to keep her goodness alive and, as Janie’s mother, this is a responsibility that gives meaning to my life,” she said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning at the foundation, at One Breakthrough Way.

She said her daughter grew

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