Colorado Springs schools work to fill special education void

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — With special education happening mostly online this year, some parents and educators reached out to KRDO concerned that students with special needs are falling through the cracks. 

Academy District 20 began the year with two special education staff members for all of the district’s K-8 grade online learning programs. 

“The Journey K-8 program has about 180 special ed students and therefore needs about nine staff members to carry that caseload,” said Allison Cortez, the spokesperson for ASD20. “We are now fully staffed, but the first few weeks of school we were still having to staff some of those positions.”

The Colorado Department of Education acknowledges a special education staffing shortage is an issue across the state. The special education void in District 20 was filled pretty quickly. But it’s likely a problem other districts are dealing with too. COVID-19 could be widening the gap as

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Art education group honors Zachary teacher’s career, work | Zachary

Darryl Alello teaches planning, execution and problem-solving as they fall under the umbrella of art. His 14th year of teaching has brought both the greatest challenges and greatest accolades. Amid coronavirus obstacles, Alello has been named the Louisiana Art Teacher of the Year and is actively vying for the national honor.

The 2020 school year is full of unprecedented pitfalls, but Alello’s approach and philosophy have stayed the same. Life, for him and his students, has learned to imitate art. “Every single project that kids do in here is critical thinking — everything they do,” he said. “They make a mistake and they ask me, ‘How can I fix this?’ and I’m like, OK, you need to stop and think about it for a minute. What can you do to make this mistake look like you intended to do this?”

Renowned artist and teacher Bob Ross became famous for capitalizing

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Why Learning Is The Future Of Work

The performance of entire organizations often hinges on whether they can adapt to fast-paced changes in the world of information technology. Yet, most businesses are hard-pressed to keep employees up to speed on the latest technology and help them acquire newly emerging skills.

As the future of work continues to evolve and technology continues to accelerate the pace of change, the value of learning – and further, the value of continuous learning – becomes more important than ever before. So how do leaders not only encourage learning across their teams, but instill a culture of learning that serves as the foundation of the entire organization?

To explore this topic and how to address this problem, I recently spoke with Shelley Osborne, vice president of learning at Udemy, the company behind an online learning platform offering 130,000-and-counting courses to students all over the world.

Osborne is also author of The Upskilling

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Work from home, online learning fuelling need for greater investment in digital infrastructure: TRAI chief

With work from home, online learning, and in-home entertainment fuelling demand for robust digital infrastructure, massive investments would be needed, especially in areas like fibre-to-the-home, data centres, in-building solutions, and proliferation of wifi hotspots, TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said on Monday.

Terming telecom infrastructure and services as “key enablers” and “critical determinants” of the country’s digital and economic growth, Sharma said creation of robust telecom infrastructure – a capital-intensive sector – will play a key role in seamless connectivity, which is the essence of true digitisation.

“Huge infrastructure [must] be created for achieving objectives of connect India mission, and this is only possible with required investments to be brought into sector in next couple of years,” he said addressing an event organised by Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA).

While significant coverage of 4G is now a reality, there is still room to strengthen the underlying infrastructure,

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Is higher COVID-19 mortality in Black adults linked to essential work?

A new study finds that performing many low paid but essential jobs puts people at higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. It also finds that Black people in the United States are more likely to have these higher risk jobs. This could expose them disproportionately to a higher risk of infection.

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Black people in the U.S. who perform essential work may have a higher risk of mortality from COVID-19.

The research, which took place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, reveals that non-Hispanic Black people were more likely than non-Hispanic white people to hold occupations considered essential, meaning that they continued to work during state lockdowns.

The team collected data on COVID-19 deaths between April 9 and April 24, 2020. At that time, a total of 35 states and the District of Columbia published the number of deaths by racial group.

This analysis adds to

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After six months of remote learning, tech for students still a work in progress, limited by funding | Education

The shift to remote learning over a weekend in March meant Manchester had to make sure every student had a computer to use for schoolwork.

Six months later, it’s still a work in progress, said Stephen Cross, the school district’s chief information officer.

At the beginning of 2020, Manchester was a “two-to-one” district — two students to one computer, he said. Cross had replaced thousands of outdated laptops before the pandemic and has purchased thousands more, but some students are still waiting.

“We have 3,100 Chromebooks on order, and we have no idea when we’re going to get those,” he said. 

Some schools had a surplus of Chromebooks, so Cross engineered a way to loan some of those schools’ devices to other schools.

“That’s how we’ve been getting devices into the hands of families, moving things around,” Cross said. “We had to scrounge. It was ‘do whatever we can,’ to

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Punjab allows higher education institutes to open from Sept 21 for research work

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has allowed higher educational institutions to open from September 21 but only for research scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes which require laboratories or experimental works. Other educational institutions would continue to remain closed for students.

All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular classes. On-line distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged, reads the Unlock 4 guidelines issued on Saturday.

The state government has also made it clear that 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff shall be allowed to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones only as per standard operating procedure (SOP) issued on September 3.

The Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the state home department have also allowed open air theatres

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Let’s work harder to end racism, health disparities

The effects of COVID-19 are inseparable from systemic racism, and the first step to solving a problem is recognizing its existence.

Cities and counties in my home state of Ohio have led the charge in declaring racism a public health crisis. And I joined colleagues Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to continue the effort at the federal level.

We introduced a Senate resolution that declares racism a national public health crisis, and acknowledges the systemic barriers that people of color, especially Black Americans, continue to face in our healthcare system.

Of course we know a resolution alone won’t solve the problems created by centuries of racism; systemic racism still exists—and is perpetuated—in so many of our societal institutions. This resolution is an important step toward recognizing the racial disparities in healthcare while also outlining concrete actions that we can take now to help reverse these disparities.


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What The Work From Home Revolution Means For Higher Education

It’s been six months since lockdown and domestic harmony is hanging by a thread because my kids can no longer agree on a movie. Six months ago, the list seemed endless. But after exhausting the Monty Python canon, Airplane, and Fletch, I led them astray with films they found too slow (Rushmore) or obscure (The Coca-Cola Kid) and lost all cinematic credibility. Now Leo and Zev want action movies or comedies while 11-year-old Hal insists on Muppets or anime. So our pandemic film festival is approaching a shabby final gala.

When he’s not reading comics or cracking corny jokes, Hal tends to focus on food. One boring Covid day he passed me a post-it note that read: “Brazil nuts bug me.” Why was he was thinking about Brazil nuts? His response: “Why are you not thinking about Brazil nuts?” Then there was the time we miraculously agreed to watch Top

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