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Zoom Bombing & How to Avoid It
posted by: Melissa | April 23, 2020, 09:45 am   

When schools started closing a month ago, the natural transition for most educators was to pick a video platform and move their classes online. While some schools already had a method for videoconferencing established, in other schools, teachers were left to figure out what to use on their own. It quickly became apparent that one video conferencing service was standing out from the rest: Zoom. 

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School Choice: A Shape Sorter
posted by: Tamia | April 08, 2020, 04:34 pm   

This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow Tiffany Svennes, Director of Post-Secondary Studies, Denver Justice High School, Denver, Colorado.

I will never forget the day I learned the true depth and meaning behind the School Choice movement. I attended traditional schools as a student and have always been involved in non-traditional schools as a professional. The fact that parents should be able to enroll their students in a school outside their neighborhood seemed silly and arbitrary until the day I learned better. Ironically, my one-year-old daughter in all her slobbery glory clued me into this education lesson.

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In Case You Missed It – Here’s What Educators are Talking About!
posted by: Tamia | April 02, 2020, 01:39 pm   

AAE held its first Educators Connect virtual gathering via Zoom on Tuesday, March 31. We had more than 30 attendees join for a lively discussion about topics we’re all facing during school closures, virtual instruction, and the general disruption and uncertainty as the Coronavirus pandemic up-ends our sense of normalcy and the education goals we had for the academic year.

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Your Day as a Distance Learning Educator
posted by: Melissa | March 26, 2020, 04:18 pm   

For most people in the United States and across the world, our day suddenly looks different. Restaurants are closed, and office workers have set up laptops on their kitchen tables. Educators may be used to waking up at the crack of dawn so that they’re in their classroom by 7:00 am, but in this new reality, they’re being asked to log in to a computer instead. A day of a classroom teacher is highly structured with every minute planned for. Now at home, teachers are having to plan their own day and figure out how to spend their time. So what should that look like? 

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Teaching students to understand their feelings
posted by: Tamia | March 27, 2020, 10:03 am   

By Lauren Golubski

 

Suddenly school is not a physical space for many students, teachers, administrators, and staff. Daily routines of seeing many of these familiar faces in the morning, the ability to hug a friend, or receive a high-five, or fist bump from a teacher are on pause for the foreseeable future. However, social distancing does not mean communication should stop, and if anything, it should continue as consistently as possible, as your students need you even more. As adults, we struggle to make sense of this pandemic, including how we may feel, what challenges are affecting us, and how to navigate the world we currently live in. However, our students are still growing, developing, and understanding these abstract emotions called feelings and need support and guidance to understand their feelings a little more each day. 

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