EWA Fellows Class 10
In St. Louis, many public school districts are just beginning to bring students back for in-person instruction. Saying it’s still not safe, other districts continue to offer only a virtual model. But in Germany, things look much different. School was in session last spring, and it resumed in person again in August — and not just for little kids, either.
It’s halfway through the fall semester, and many students in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are just now trickling back into classrooms. Thousands are still learning from home. Meanwhile, in most of Europe, schools have been open since August with students attending in person daily.
A robust public health system, hygiene measures and targeted quarantines of students and staff exposed to the coronavirus get the credit. But that early success could soon be put to the test as cold weather arrives along with a resurgence of cases of the coronavirus.
Although the Bavarian government, to the south, has ordered the first widespread lockdowns in districts along the Austrian border amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, schools in most of Germany, generally speaking, are back to normal. At least for the moment.
Profiles of Native American high school seniors and first-year college students in the Southwestern U.S. will shed light on the challenges faced by students whose families have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will also explore racial inequities in access to support services that could improve their odds of success in college and careers.
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to take a severe financial toll on school districts that serve large concentrations of low-income Black and Latino families. How will budget cuts this school year affect classroom learning for students already disenfranchised and left behind?
New federal, state and private investments are expanding science education within the U.S. prison system. How does this contrast with the almost nonexistent pathways into the sciences available to formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as the steep obstacles they face to break into research fields or use this education after leaving prison?
Schools in certain countries were able to get some students back into the classroom, and kids’ educations back on track, a few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. What can the U.S. learn from the experience of education systems in Europe?
During the pandemic, Latino students with disabilities are facing additional challenges with distance learning as a result of language barriers and a lack of resources. How are their parents adapting to take on a more active role in ensuring their children don’t fall behind?
How will colleges and universities handle the many unknown challenges of the first full academic year in the COVID-19 era? In a podcast series, EdSurge will follow a group of students and professors and chronicle their experiences. , with an emphasis on how first-generation and low-income college students face different challenges than those from better-resourced families.