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  • Current Events Series

    [b]Kids around the world are out of school. Millions of girls might not go back.[/b] [b] [/b] Link: [url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/coronavirus-girls-education-west-africa/2020/06/12/84a23c44-a5a8-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html]https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/coronavirus-girls-education-west-africa/2020/06/12/84a23c44-a5a8-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html[/url] Global shutdowns have pushed about 1.5 billion students out of school since March, according to a United Nations Children’s Fund report citing data from UNESCO, including 111 million girls in the world’s least developed countries. Experts say that parents in more traditionally conservative nations tend to prioritize the education of their sons. For example, in West and Central Africa, 73 percent of boys older than 15 can read, compared to 60 percent of girls in the same age group. In Guinea, another hot spot, girls were 25 percent less likely than boys to re-enroll when life settled back to no...
  • Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Programs: What Are Their Benefits? (#2)

    The first entry in this series described the operations of two-way dual language immersion (TWDLI) programs in schools. So now, it makes sense to examine their potential benefits to communities. Personally, as I studied abroad in Mexico last fall, it was evident that this immersion experience accelerated my Spanish skills by necessity, even as a high school student. Not surprisingly, the Mexican students at the local school often wanted to speak English with the American students so that they, too, could practice their second language. So it intuitively reasons that elementary students, with more pliable linguistic neural pathways, who are experiencing dual immersion, would enhance their language skills quickly as well. And beyond dual language learning itself, there are additional advantages that such educational programs offer. School districts, families, and broader communities are often concerned with comparing students academically across various educational program choices. Sp...
  • Current Events Series

    [b]New Hub Aims to Help Schools Find the Right Ed-Tech Products During COVID-19[/b] Link: [url=https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/new-database-features-ed-tech-products-help-schools-improve-learning-covid-19/]https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/new-database-features-ed-tech-products-help-schools-improve-learning-covid-19/[/url] Developers of an educational research and innovation hub are releasing a tool that should help school districts and other policymakers make ed-tech purchasing decisions because of schools addressing the impact of Covid-19 on education. The EdTech Hub introduced a new database this month to help education leaders find platforms and software that could help improve teaching and learning during COVID-19, while also partnering with UNESCO. The database could help education companies gain global exposure as K-12 systems around the world learn how to handle schooling remotely or a mix of in-person/virtual in the upcoming school year. The hu...
  • Current Events Series

    [b]The Pandemic’s Danger to the World’s Children[/b] Link: [url=https://www.passblue.com/2020/06/18/the-pandemics-horrific-damage-on-the-worlds-children/]https://www.passblue.com/2020/06/18/the-pandemics-horrific-damage-on-the-worlds-children/[/url] Many of the young children living in the world today live in developing countries in the global south, where Covid-19 is spreading the fastest. Advocates for children are asking global health officials to make sure that if and when a vaccine against Covid-19 is introduced that it will be available at little or no cost in developing countries. Because of the pandemic, childrens’ education is being greatly affected. Based on data from the World Bank, Unesco and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa noted that even before the pandemic, Africa had the world’s highest rate of exclusion from education. Now, it has gotten worse. Some educators believe many students at all levels of education may never go back, since the clo...
  • Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Programs: What Are They? (#1)

    During my kindergarten and first-grade school years, I biked up the street from my home to attend a local Spanish immersion elementary school. Although my own educational path moved to an independent study school after those two years, several years ago, I learned that my original elementary school had switched from a traditional Spanish immersion program to a two-way dual immersion program. The district had decided that this methodology would produce better outcomes for the population it was serving. Having this school so nearby and as a part of my initial education, I thought I would start a blog series to discuss this niche of the educational landscape. Fostering relations among children with different native languages and cultures also feels particularly relevant at this time, given the highly visible ethical divide between those who work to strengthen global connections and those who turn inward. This first post will simply try to provide a basic understanding on the concept of...