Updated: Mar 24, 2020
What’s Popping in Education?!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a SNACK BREAK !
Read from start to finish or pop around and see what's happening across the nation in education. *
"I am not sure how much longer we will get to meet in person, so I hope we have a good discussion today." - Macalester Law Professor
Dr. Duchess "Miriam Harris" made the above comment in reflection of what might be, her final days teaching her students this semester, face to face. She is not alone. Around the nation, educators are having mixed reactions to course structure and campus life changes as a result of attempts to prevent campus and community wide outbreak of COVID-19.
Our 2 Cents on the Weather
The CDC is recommending that events of 1000 or more be canceled. Major League sports organizations have vetted the idea of delaying the season or risk playing on courts and in stadiums with no fans. China has issued a massive lock-down in an attempt to gain headway and control of the COVID-19 Virus; Italy has now done the same.
Daily, more colleges and universities are converting their coursework to 100% online and distance learning solutions. Massive K-12 districts like Georgia and Washington with 20K+ students, have closed; others are on strike.
Here at Kinect?
We will focus on online resources and training for those who wish to remain current during these troubling times. Most will be working from home and some are required to report to their offices. We are working diligently to convert the products that you know and love to digitally downloadable formats. This will offer reduced pricing, no shipping and handling and instant tools that can be used as you work to ensure equity in learning environments during these uncertain times. They will also provide needed resources for staying in touch with students and not losing momentum on relationships required for student success.
In addition to safety, health and wellness for all, our concern is ensuring that the work we have done over the past 3 years with institutions like your own, is not in vain.
Students will still demand support to be successful. Some, more than others.
Educators will still need guidance and support to educate under new restrictions. Some, more than others.
Equity and inclusion are an imperative now, more than ever.
Public Service Announcement
There is a hidden, true cost of attendance for students, but even greater for students from historically marginalized communities (students of culture/color, first-generation, low SES).
This cost of attendance imposes a severe physical, mental, emotional and financial tax on students that has an onset at admission and lasts throughout their academic careers to graduation and beyond.
As you ponder what the future holds...
A gentle reminder of a few daily inequities that students face. During these ever-changing times, these inequities will not go away. They will continue to impose barriers on the academics of students during these times.
Access to Technology. Living on campus provides the opportunity to mask the stark reality that the living conditions of all students, are not created equal.
While transitioning to online only coursework, providing training for educators that ensures that all students have an accessible online experience is a must! Universal design in online course communities remains a gap area for many institutions.
In addition to access to technology, living on campus provides an invisible cloak of privacy for the living conditions many students endure in their primary residence; not to mention, some students do not have primary or permanent residence.
Food and Housing Insecurity.
Students that suffer from food and housing insecurity, have been historically excluded from the narrative of higher education. When considering the implications of "sending students home" or requiring that students not return after spring break, a process to screen and provide support for extenuating circumstances in key!
My financial aid overage is gone. My campus meal plan is my only way to eat.
For students who no longer have access to financial aid funds at this juncture in the semester, consider the implications of losing access to work-study, campus employment and their campus meal plan.
Safety is important but many campus changes have caused very sudden realities for students. Consider implementing a screener to make sure you are proactively addressing inequities students are facing and work from within your means to provide support and resources for students in need.
Many households across the nation, do not have access to internet or the required technology to be successful in an online course format.
This one speaks for itself. Take a poll. Review internal data. How many students rely on loaner books or laptops as their primary course resources? How many students are sharing books because they could not afford their own?
The CDC has provided a list of resources for using best judgement during these uncertain times. A link has been provided for your convenience.
Campus Climate and COVID-19!
Educators nationwide scramble to adjust professional development travel plans amidst decisions to suspend domestic, international and study-abroad related travel for students, faculty and staff.
As news outlets begin to report domestic COVID-19 cases, outbreak fears heighten in as the nation moves into Spring Break season.
For the first time in history, large communal festivals like SXSW have been cancelled, imposing great financial burdens on organizations that rely on revenue from large conferences.
More Popcorn Please!
In an attempt to control a potential outbreak of COVID-19, institutions across the nation have taken measures to protect students, faculty and staff. These measures have included the cancellations of classes, indefinite suspension of study abroad and international travel programs and even temporarily relocating courses to online formats.
Higher education conferences happening this week and in the coming weeks have released statements, recommending that attendees follow institutional orders and in lieu of mandates, use common sense and make their best judgement about attending.
NASPA has issued a statement indicating they will make a final decision regarding cancellation no later than Wednesday, March 11th.
March 10, 2020, An overnight bargaining session ended at 3 a.m, but without reaching successful terms. Saint Paul educators, go on strike, causing classes to be canceled since Tuesday!
History (In the Past)
February was Black History Month however the opportunity remains to celebrate and encourage the celebration of Black History in every month!
UNCF says: We can’t simply believe in equality in education. We have to create it.
We say: You can't simply believe in equity. You have to create it!
Coming Up: What's in The Forecast!
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Women’s History Month
#Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Take the time to learn more about developmental disabilities and women’s history this month. Take it a step further and incorporate history from different nationalities and cultures. Encourage and explore the strength and determination of women and persons with disabilities from around the world!
Document your journey by using a hashtag such as the examples above to post on social media and show the world how you are celebrating!
Sexual Assault Violence Awareness Month!
Rock Teal to show your support!
Host an online webinar promoting Sexual Assault Violence Awareness.
Considering doing a passive education campaign for sexual assault awareness.
Check out our Sexual Assault Violence Engagement Toolbox that can be used face to face or virtually!
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