As remote learning continues, districts boost outreach to students – News – telegram.com

WORCESTER — The school system’s switch to remote learning this year has created unprecedented hardships. But it may have also pushed the district to more fully address a problem that existed even before the pandemic, according to the school superintendent.

This fall, the district has rolled out a number of new initiatives aimed at keeping track of struggling students and providing more information to parents about their kids’ academic performance, Worcester Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda said.

Those types of efforts are even more critical now that school staff are not able to physically interact with students during the ongoing remote learning phase of the new school year.

“I think the remote has actually caused some good practices to be expanded,” Binienda said. “We have to find more ways to keep track of kids.”

The district’s new approaches include twice-a-week check-ins with students, a more “aggressive” assessment system, and an update

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BayPort Credit Union Wins First in Financial Education, Community Outreach

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BayPort Credit Union has won in all four award categories in the 2020 Social Responsibility Awards sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League (VACUL) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). BayPort is recognized for making youth and adult financial education accessible and engaging, excellence in member service, and sustained community giving.

In the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award category, BayPort won first place for reaching more than 10,000 students with lessons on personal finance basics, credit, budgeting, and identity theft. BayPort was also recognized for its innovative partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of The Virginia Peninsula in which the credit union awarded one local club a full makeover and a financial education center.

In the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award category, BayPort won second place for its digital outreach efforts to members and the community through the launch

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BayPort Credit Union Wins First in Financial Education, Community Outreach | News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BayPort Credit Union has won in all four award categories in the 2020 Social Responsibility Awards sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League (VACUL) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). BayPort is recognized for making youth and adult financial education accessible and engaging, excellence in member service, and sustained community giving.

In the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award category, BayPort won first place for reaching more than 10,000 students with lessons on personal finance basics, credit, budgeting, and identity theft. BayPort was also recognized for its innovative partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of The Virginia Peninsula in which the credit union awarded one local club a full makeover and a financial education center.

In the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award category, BayPort won second place for its digital outreach efforts to members and the community through the launch

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Education Department’s child abuse outreach during Covid doesn’t go far enough, experts say | Us World News

(CNN) — The US Department of Education’s muted response to concerns about unreported child abuse in the age of virtual learning is fueling new distress among family welfare experts and advocates.

The Education Department declined to tell CNN on the record what steps have been taken to help teachers or other members of school communities spot signs of child abuse through a webcam during virtual teaching. Instead, a department spokesperson pointed to a series of online resources created by local and state education agencies that they help to make public.

That lack of federal guidance has set off alarm bells for experts.

“Clearly just posting resources on a website is not enough,” said Maureen Kenny Winick, a Florida International University professor whose expertise includes child maltreatment.

“Sometimes accessing what you need takes many clicks and teachers may have more immediate concerns about academics and distance learning right now.”

The concern

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Education Department’s child abuse outreach during Covid doesn’t go far enough, experts say

The US Department of Education’s muted response to concerns about unreported child abuse in the age of virtual learning is fueling new distress among family welfare experts and advocates.



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The Education Department declined to tell CNN on the record what steps have been taken to help teachers or other members of school communities spot signs of child abuse through a webcam during virtual teaching. Instead, a department spokesperson pointed to a series of online resources created by local and state education agencies that they help to make public.

That lack of federal guidance has set off alarm bells for experts.

“Clearly just posting resources on a website is not enough,” said Maureen Kenny Winick, a Florida International University professor whose expertise includes child maltreatment.

“Sometimes accessing what you need takes many clicks and teachers may have more immediate concerns about academics and distance learning right

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