Virtual learning instructor offers tips as more schools opt to keep or move to remote classes

MADISON (WKOW) — For Jesse Rozmarynowski, the logistics are a hurdle he still struggles to clear. With three children, in seventh grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten, Rozmarynowski said he has had a hard time keeping up with what his kids are learning and also the challenges that keep popping up.

“It’s been a pretty big challenge with trying to figure out what each of their schedules are, exactly what they need to get done each day, then the different types of issues that pop up each day, like IT issues,” Rozmarynowski said.

Rozmarynowski said he hoped the crunch at home would loosen up with his youngest potentially going into school for in-person instruction. Instead, the Middleton-Cross Plains school board voted Monday night by a 5-4 tally to keep all classes online, including those for classes K-2.

“I probably had an explicit word for it,” Rosmarynowski said. “My original thought was

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Insight School of Washington Offers New Middle School to Meet Increased Demand by Parents for Online School

The surge of COVID nationwide has forced parents, and school districts, to rapidly rethink their education plans, even after schools have opened.

Insight School of Washington (ISWA), a tuition-free online public-school previously serving students in grades 9-12 announced today that they will immediately open a Middle School for grades 6-8. The school is scheduled to open October 12th and is currently accepting applications.

“Parents are still understandably nervous about sending their children to brick-and-mortar schools and are looking for solutions that will work for them right away,” said ISWA Head of School Cecily Kiester. “Because of the demand, we worked quickly with the District to provide this new solution for middle school parents across the state.”

ISWA, an online public-school program of the Quillayute Valley School District, has been serving Washington families for over 14 years.

“As we looked for options to help Washington families, we wanted to go

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Newark Charter School Offers Free Learning Pods Amid Pandemic

NEWARK, NJ — No parent should have to choose between going to work or making sure their kids have child care. But that’s the crushing dilemma many essential employees in Newark are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Brick Education Network (BEN).

As parents in Newark grapple with the switch to all-remote learning, many are finding themselves struggling to find someone to look after their kids while they attend class online. In an effort to take some of the pressure off, BEN – which operates four charter schools in Newark – has launched a solution it says is unique in the Brick City: free learning pods.

Located at Marion P. Thomas Charter School HS of Culinary and Performing Arts, the pods provide a vital service for parents with kids enrolled at BEN schools. Each pod can accommodate up to 12 socially distanced students, giving them a safe place

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Homeschool mom of 7 offers advice to parents

She and her husband wanted a philosophy of education that fit their family and she wants to encourage other parents to do the same.

WACO, Texas — Johnna King a mom of 7, expecting an 8th has juggled being an at-home mom and teacher to her kids since she started home schooling. 

“My kids just fell in love with learning and that was my goal from the beginning,” King said. 

She and her husband wanted a philosophy of education that fit their family and she wants to encourage other parents to do the same. 

“We know their strengths and we know their weaknesses, so bring that into their education and don’t feel like education is just sitting at a table for eight hours because it’s not,” King said. 

The King children range from 10 months to 9 years old and they all learn in different ways. 

“It’s really just helping

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Starbucks offers online college program to workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate.

The coffee chain is partnering with the school to offer the option to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week. The Seattle-based company says it will phase out its existing tuition reimbursement program, which gave workers up to $1,000 a year for education at certain schools.

The company says the program doesn’t require workers to stay at Starbucks after they earn their degrees. They can also pick from a wide range of educational programs that aren’t related to their Starbucks work.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to announce the program Monday in New York City, with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and about 340 workers and their family members in attendance.

It’s not clear how

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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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Army Public Health Center offers suicide prevention resources for Army communicators | Article

By Douglas Holl, Army Public Health Center Public AffairsSeptember 25, 2020

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Helping Soldiers and their families improve their health and resiliency is one of the enduring missions of the Army Public Health Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the need for resources and tools aimed at improving Soldier quality of life.APHC is supporting Army communicators with a Quality of Life toolkit offering social media messaging and resource links they can share on their installation social media platforms. September is also the month when the Department of Defense focuses on educating service members and their families about suicide prevention, resources and steps everyone can take to protect against suicide. APHC recently added suicide prevention content and messaging to their QOL toolkit in the hopes that it will be used as a resource for Army communicators.“We’re hoping to leverage the excellent work being done through

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Actor’s Death Offers Opening to Educate Patients on CRC Screening

Since the first time I ever saw a motion picture — Disney’s Pinocchio — I have seldom had the desire to see the same film twice on the big screen of a movie theater. That was not the case with the 2018 movie Black Panther. No, I did not go to the theater to see it twice — I went three times.

The blockbuster saga, starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of the secret kingdom of Wakanda, captured my imagination in the same way movies did when I was a child. I could not wait to see the much-anticipated Black Panther sequel.

Unfortunately, if there is ever a sequel, it will have to be made without Boseman in the title role. The world was shocked to hear the news of Boseman’s recent death at age 43 following his private, four-year battle with advanced stage colorectal cancer.

This tragic event

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Massive study of video games for learning offers good news about the future of safety education

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Video games are often advocated as educational tools that can increase students’ knowledge through entertainment. However, published studies about the effectiveness of video games in education and training are limited in both the number and diversity of participants, lacking the robust evidence that needs a very large, varied, worldwide sample.


Such evidence is now offered by the first massive study of games for learning, according to a research paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. The study involved more than 400,000 players worldwide speaking more than 40 different languages. It focused on a notoriously difficult educational goal, that is teaching the general public about the safety procedures that must be followed during aircraft emergencies. A major unresolved issue in aviation safety is indeed lack of passengers’ attention to as well as understanding of the pre-flight briefings and safety cards given by

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Greenwich nonprofit offers grants to help special education families


GREENWICH — A Greenwich-based legal services nonprofit is accepting applications for grants to provide families of special education students with access to qualified attorneys.

The Special Education Legal Fund Inc. announced Monday that it would award grants of up to $5,000 for qualified families living in Connecticut or Westchester County, N.Y., for its Legal Assistance Program.


“Special Education Legal Fund (S.E.L.F.) provides resources and knowledge to families in need to promote full advocacy for children in the special education system,” a statement from the group said.

“Although a free and appropriate public education is a right guaranteed to all students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the realities of special education in the U.S. can be quite different,” the group says on

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