Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (Feb. 12-18)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

EWA Reporting Fellow Janelle Retka of The Yakima Herald looks at the child care crisis in central Washington state, and its impact on young children, families, and the region’s economy amid COVID-19. 

Also on the early ed front, Kara Newhouse of KQED reports on the risk of familial stress interfering with infant brain development. 

Mike Gagne of the Meriden Record Journal profiled Connecticut families of special needs students who were denied access to services because they couldn’t comply with the district’s mask mandate. 

In Texas, schools are opening their doors to students and communities in need as the state battles power outages and a lack of safe water supplies, reports the Dallas Morning News’ education team. 

In a Q&A with researcher Donna Ford of Ohio State University, The Conversation’s Jamaal Abdul-Alim looks at how and why gifted Black students are less likely to be identified – and served – by public schools. 

In California, a state college rethinks its mission and focus in an effort to stave off a huge decline in enrollment, writes EdSource’s Larry Gordon. 

Michigan’s small liberal arts colleges are also fighting for survival, writes David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press, in a new series with a special focus on rural campuses. 

Claire Lowe of The Press of Atlantic City profiles “Wally,” a therapy dog who is helping students cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What happened to physical education? Writing for The Hechinger Report, Kelly Field explores why physical exercise is more important than ever for students learning remotely – but whether or not they’re staying active is tough to track. 

Alia Malik of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spotlights a teacher struggling with post-COVID symptoms, a year after he first fell ill. 

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