A special-needs student was struggling to learn online. The whole neighborhood contributed to her schoolhouse.

That was not true just a few months earlier. Throughout the spring, Ixel struggled to learn online at a tiny kitchen table inside her parents’ 850-square-foot Northern Virginia home, while Mom and Dad worked nearby. The second-grader’s learning disability makes it difficult to focus, so she got almost nothing done, despite the best efforts of her Arlington Public Schools teachers — and neither did her parents.

But now, Ixel was sitting in a miniature green-and-white wooden schoolhouse, set on cinder blocks just to the side of the McIntires’ home. Her school-provided iPad rested on a desk painted hot pink.

Her long red hair, split into two high ponytails, glimmered in the light that filtered through the rainbow-colored, semitransparent ceiling. In one corner sat a child-sized stuffed teddy bear: Ixel’s reading nook.

The shed — which Ixel calls her “Rainbow Elementary School” — was the result of months of labor by

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Miguel Cardona reflects on his journey through education; says kids need to learn about Hispanic heritage in school

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut has been working toward making sure schools represent cultures and diversity.

In fact, Governor Ned Lamont recently signed a bill into law the focuses on enhancing diversity in the classroom.

Dr. Miguel Cardona, Connecticut Commissioner of Education, spoke with News 8 about the effort to make learning more inclusive.

Cardona, who happens to be the state’s first Latino education commissioner, said teaching about Hispanic heritage gives him pride.

“It’s a huge source of pride, not just for me being the commissioner, but the journey of my parents and my grandparents,” he said. “If you were to look on my desk now you would see pictures of my grandparents who sacrificed a lot more than me so that I could be the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut.”

His grandparents came to the United States from Puerto Rico, moving to the projects of Meriden where he would

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What Can We Learn From Louisville About Equitable Economic Recovery?

Late in 2019, I spent two days in strategic conversations between civic, workforce and industry leaders in Denver. We talked about the growing demands of various industry sectors across the city — and the education and training solutions available to learners in all stages of their careers. Denver is not unlike most major cities — where the demands of the labor market are mismatched with the talent available. Economic development, corporate and civic leaders here are looking for solutions that embody partnership, collaboration and innovation. As we grapple with the  ramifications of not just skill and equity gaps, but seemingly endemic unemployment, the need for creative, strategic workforce solutions is paramount.

As Maria Flynn, President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, and former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift recently put it, “Throughout the fall and into the end of 2020, businesses — small, medium and large and in a diverse

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