How Educators Are Adapting to Challenges During COVID-19

各州教育机构(SEAs)正在努力确定如何让学生在这个秋季继续学习, Kimberly Hambrick, Ph.D., a bob手机版下载 Senior Study Director and Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Region 5 Comprehensive Center, and Kristin Nafziger, 韦斯特副主任兼ED地区14综合中心主任, 是否对各地区迫切而不断变化的支持需求作出了敏捷的反应. 区域综合中心(CC)项目提供高质量、有针对性和密集的能力建设服务,以解决学生面临的紧迫和复杂问题, teachers, and administrators. 

“我们正在提供关键资源,以改善疫情期间的在线学习, 我们将继续支持实施和扩大以证据为基础的项目和干预措施,以帮助策略性环境工作,” says Dr. Hambrick. 但这两位区域中心主任很快补充说,除了如何管理和促进校内活动外,SEAs还面临着其他问题, online, 或者在大流行期间进行混合学习,同时保证员工和学生的安全.

他说:“第十四区的教师培训师担心缺乏支付教师工资的资金, modifying instructional materials, buying and distributing computers for students who lack them, 建设必要的基础设施,以便低收入家庭和农村学生能够上网,” says Ms. Nafziger who supports the SEAs in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Dr. 汉布里克听到了她在肯塔基州支持的海事协会的类似担忧, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia but adds, 各州还关注其他问题对学生的影响,比如不安全的家庭环境, lack of parental supervision, crime, opiate use, 高失业率增加了学生们在校外的压力.”

To help SEAs tackle these challenges, 第五区域和第十四区域CCs正在为领先的专家和研究成果提供资源和更广泛的联系. In Region 14, 我们支持了德克萨斯州的一个心理健康工作队,并正在分享从该小组获得的经验,以进一步支持该地区教育界面临的日益严峻的心理健康挑战.

Another growing concern, says Dr. Hambrick, COVID-19是否可能对抚养学生的祖父母产生影响:“西弗吉尼亚州有相当多的学生处于这种情况,因为他们的父母去世了, incarcerated, or may be deemed unfit. What happens if these older caregivers get sick or die from COVID? Children may return to school with no family caregivers.”

第五区域中心的其他与大流行有关的工作包括与外部专家合作,以解决肯塔基州在减轻经济停摆的长期影响方面的利益. And in Virginia, 该中心正在支持该州扩大其开放教育资源(OER)系统,并确定高质量的识字资源. The robust OER system, says Dr. Hambrick, 将使英联邦的教师能够获得最高质量的资源,无论他们在哪里, 哪一个更重要,许多教师开始学年在线. 该中心在田纳西州的工作包括规划和设计专业发展活动,以建立教育工作者对文化响应式教学和学习的理解.

Ms. 纳夫齐格说,第14区州之一的德克萨斯州正在关注一些问题, 包括改进双语言程序的设计和实施,以及创造动态异步远程学习机会. 德克萨斯州还希望加强其旨在确保人们获得教育的项目, and effectiveness of, 通过诸如“成长你自己”和“校长实习”等项目进行教育,” she notes. “我们还与德州教育局合作,建立基础设施,以支持每年50人的培训,000名教师学习阅读科学,并帮助他们在这方面指导其他教师.”

路易斯安那州正试图通过一个新的学生和员工福利计划重新想象学生的体验, says Ms. Nafziger, 他补充说,该中心正在与路易斯安那州教育部合作,支持当地教育机构管理心理健康筛查工具, establishing school-based mental health response teams, and building stronger support for student and staff engagement.

Arkansas has engaged its districts in developing reopening plans, 该州正在寻求为所有学生扩大宽带和互联网接入. 它还在对其教育部进行重大改革,将从学前教育到高等教育的各级教育和所有人口纳入其中, including students who are deaf or blind. “我们的团队将从8月开始为其新组织推动一个新的战略规划过程,以帮助阿肯色州教育领导人共同确定目标并设计新的绩效管理程序,” notes Ms. Nafziger.

Dr. 汉布里克指出,虽然一些州已经制定了应对自然灾害的应急计划, such as hurricanes, 他们的计划在应对目前COVID造成的问题方面受到限制. 然而,她认为这是sea制定长期应急计划的一个机会.

两位区域中心主任一致认为,大流行使SEAs在开发创造性方面更加强大和积极主动, aspirational plans to physically and virtually reopen schools.

“有许多创新的方法来领导学校、教师和学生度过这场大流行,” says Dr. Hambrick. “It’s a new phenomenon that we have to pull through together.”

 

有许多创新的方法来领导学校、教师和学生度过这场大流行. It’s a new phenomenon that we have to pull through together.

- Kimberly Hambrick, Ph.D., Senior Study Director, Education Studies

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