The current global health crisis toppled economic markets, forced Texans to shelter in place, and closed schools across the state. But it did nothing to diminish the determination of Texas educators to meet the needs of all students.
There are amazing stories of leaders, of helpers, of innovators who are working to make the best of this tough situation. We will be seeking those stories out and sharing them through our social presences, so we hope you’ll connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There also are a lot of experts with profound and poignant perspectives on what this crisis means in the near-term and what the future could look like. We will be seeking out their insights and profiling them on our website and through social media. And of course, we have some thoughts of our own that we hope might inform and inspire the work of the education community, philanthropic and community leaders, and policymakers. We hope to hear from you, too. Stay tuned for more.
As districts across the state plan and prepare for the 2020-21 school year, the most important decision they face – yet, perhaps the most challenging – is how to create consistent, quality, and equitable instructional opportunities for all students. That’s on top of addressing missed instruction and academic losses from the 2019-20 school year.
As communities across the globe are seeking solutions to the effects of the coronavirus, a hospital in Abilene found the help they needed to save on personal protective equipment by looking to their local public school teachers and students.
Khaniya Russell is a Charles Butt Scholar and student at Trinity University. We asked Khaniya to share her perspective with us about what it’s like to be an aspiring teacher during this time, and what we can learn from her cohort’s experiences.
If parents have learned one thing during COVID-19, it’s that teaching is both an art and science, and our educators deserve our highest respect and support. Dr. Michelle Smith explains how teachers will help students find their way back to a “normal” that benefits us all.
Everything has changed. Uncertainty is the new normal. But one thing has remained constant. There is one thing we can always count on. The love, care, and commitment of our teachers and school leaders. Just watch.
One of the most complex aspects of the emergency remote teaching response to COVID-19 is how districts must balance educational rigor with the social-emotional wellbeing of every student in their communities.
As Texas teachers and students shift to remote learning, we want to recognize that we are all in the COVID-19 world together. Whether teachers have been implementing blended learning for three years, or if this is the first time students will be logging on remotely, this environment is new for all of us.
We’re looking for stories from students, teachers, and school leaders about your experiences, challenges, and strategies you think might benefit others. Please share your perspectives and let us know how you’re approaching and responding to the current situation. And know that you are not alone in these struggles. We thank you, we honor you, and we want you to know we are cheering you on.