Old learning concept can help students without resources learn online amid the pandemic

DENVER (KDVR) – Schools long-used to in-person classes have been forced to try new tactics to keep students safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and some are turning to an old concept to make online learning more successful.

Thousands of students in the Adams 12 school district are getting a boost in their remote education with the help of learning pods, a years-old concept that physically brings students together in a common space with adult support.

“It’s a lot more helpful because we get to be with someone who could help us in our classroom,” said 10-year-old Christina Chavez, a 5th grader at Hillcrest Elementary School.  “At home, our parents could (help me), but sometimes they couldn’t understand all the stuff because it’s different from what they learned.”

Christina Chavez, a 5th grader, enjoys attending a learning pod at Hillcrest Elementary School in Colorado (KDVR Photo/Lori Jane Gliha)
Christina Chavez, a 5th grader, attends a learning pod at Hillcrest Elementary School in Colorado (KDVR Photo/Lori Jane Gliha)

Chavez is among nearly

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Parents pool resources, form education pods

Concerned about sending her daughter back to school this fall during the pandemic and about the isolation her daughter would have to endure while studying online at home, Natalie Baber decided to explore other schooling options.

“When it became clear that going back to school was not going to be an option for us, that is when I hit the drawing board,” Baber said.

Her fifth-grade daughter is enrolled in the Little Rock School District and opted for virtual-only instruction this semester.

Baber said she came up with the idea of getting a few of her daughter’s friends together to study their virtual curriculum under the supervision of a parent or grandparent during the school week. They would meet in one of their homes, or, some days, in space rented from a nearby church.

This would enable the children to have much needed social interaction as well as support for

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Sanvello Teams Up With the Chicago Bulls to Increase Access to Mental Health Resources for Youth

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sanvello Health, Inc., a leading digital mental health care provider and UnitedHealth Group company (NYSE:UNH), today announced a new partnership with the Chicago Bulls. The partnership will raise awareness and increase access to mental health services both internally at the Bulls for players, coaches and front office staff, and externally for Bulls fans and select community partners.

Sanvello, a full-spectrum mental health care provider, offers self-care, coaching, therapy and community — all accessed from a single app. With this partnership, Bulls players, coaches and front office staff will be offered access to the full suite of Sanvello’s services with Sanvello Premium.

Additionally, Sanvello and the Bulls will hold virtual mental health events throughout the year for teens from three community partners: Mindfulness Leader, Chicago Run and Chicago Westside Sports. These events, hosted by Sanvello Chief Medical Officer Dr. Monika Roots and Bulls personnel, will aim to normalize

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USATestprep Acquires Education Galaxy, Expanding Its Standards-Aligned Content and Learning Resources to All K-12 Learners

AUSTIN, Texas & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

USATestprep, backed by Serent Capital, has acquired Education Galaxy, an online and mobile assessment and intervention platform that delivers dynamic and multilingual content to K-8 elementary and middle school students. The acquisition enhances USATestprep’s library of state standards-aligned content and products to serve K-12 teachers and students in all 50 states.

Since its founding in 1998, USATestprep has grown to serve over 2 million students per year in 4,000 schools nationwide with its standards-aligned learning tools. The company’s online platform enables teachers to quickly identify student strengths and weaknesses in core subject areas. With that data, teachers can then easily customize assignments and learning plans to help each student grow academically and master state standards, whether learning takes place in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid learning environment.

The acquisition complements USATestprep’s content and product offerings, and allows the company to grow its

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Help kids learn about government operations with this week’s free learning resources | Sponsored: The Community Bank

Editor’s Note

This article is brought to you by CLB The Community Bank.

The school year looks different for Louisiana families, as many districts are using either a complete online or hybrid learning model. To help parents and teachers, LPB and the Department of Education have developed dozens of academic resources for kids of all ages.

The Advocate, The Acadiana Advocate and The New Orleans Advocate | The Times-Picayune are pleased to partner with LPB and CLB The Community Bank to share these resources with families. Each week, our websites and social media channels will feature a list of resources for students, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go to that resource.

The Advocate group is Louisiana’s largest news group and is proud to be Louisiana-owned, with a combined reach of more than 10 million unique users each month on

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The Internet Archive Makes Access To Education Resources Available To All

The shelter-in-place orders that began in March have uprooted the lives of kids, parents and educators. But there may be a silver lining: the discovery of unique and interesting resources like the San Francisco-based Internet Archive.

Founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive is a nonprofit library that offers free books, movies, software, music and more, with the goal of making all human knowledge accessible in digital formats.

There is something for every age group, with billions of websites to choose from, and millions of books, images, audio files and video. The topics are endless and run the gamut from Art History to Zoology and everything in between.


Just like the internet itself, Internet Archive is constantly evolving and adapting to users’ changing technology, research and learning needs. When the pandemic forced classrooms and libraries to close, Internet Archive saw a surge in usage.

And in August, when schools

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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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Holocaust museum unveils digital education resources

The goal is to educate young people about the atrocities, while promoting tolerance.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida’s Board of Education held its bi-monthly meeting in Tampa Bay at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday.

The location was chosen because, in addition to discussing COVID-19 and other school related issues, the board also unveiled a new Holocaust education program.

Board members heard chilling words from Holocaust Survivor Toni Rinde, whose personal story is one of the many recorded resources now available online for teachers and students across the state of Florida.

“If our country is going to continue to advance and move in the right direction and avoid these horrible atrocities from history from ever happening again – education is vital,” said Board Member Ben Gibson.

The museum unveiled a new digital version of its Holocaust education materials, which includes links to all sorts of age-appropriate information and

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TGR Foundation launches Bid with Purpose, Giving Challenge fundraisers to further expand online learning resources

The unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 has challenged the way educators teach and how students learn.

With a shift to remote learning, there have been newly-presented limits of access to quality educational resources, especially in under-resourced schools and high-needs communities. Recognizing this need, the TGR Foundation has substantially expanded its free online learning resources to these communities and has continuously introduced new lessons online each month.

To support this initiative, two new fundraisers – TGR EXP: Bid with Purpose and the Giving Challenge – have been created to help serve youth through education, as funds are critical for the foundation to provide free programs.

The first fundraiser, Bid with Purpose, is an online auction which includes authentic Tiger Woods signed memorabilia and dynamic golf experiences. The auction is currently live and ends at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 25th.

A few of the auction items for golf lovers include a

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