DancEnergy owner Lisa Tenzcar, a special-education teacher who is deaf, makes dance inclusive through fundraising performances that support issues such as autism awareness. Her dancers appreciate the opportunity to help students with special needs, and also enjoy getting to dance with students in different age groups during the performances.
Juliana Urtubey, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year, uses the school garden to let her students who have special needs roam and make connections on their own, such as counting leaves on a plant or caring for certain plants. Urtubey says that, in the garden, "students' intuition is their guide, and collaboration is second nature."
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A consortium of educational groups has released a 152-page playbook on how to increase diversity in the teacher ranks, including Grow Your Own programs and ways to improve teacher benefits and loan obligations. The playbook was written to take advantage of increased funding as part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds.
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Artificial intelligence is increasingly become a tool in college admissions, giving admissions officers an analysis of applicants with the goal of removing subconscious bias. Kira Talent is one company working with several schools that uses algorithm-powered video interviews that evaluate candidates' communication, leadership, professionalism and other qualities.
The CDC maintains that K-12 schools should continue to have students and staffers wear masks and keep physically distant through the end of the school year. The CDC offered clarification on its school recommendations this weekend after it relaxed some of its mask-wearing protocols for the general public.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement urging parents to get their children ages 12 and above vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which had its emergency use authorization expanded recently. "Vaccinating children will protect them and allow them to fully engage in all of the activities -- school, sports, socializing with friends and family -- that are so important to their health and development," said AAP President Lee Savio Beers.