Nearly one-third of teachers (29.2%) in the United States are ages 50 and older, according to new research by the National Center for Education Statistics. Teachers have significantly more social contacts than the average adult does. Because older people are at elevated risk for severe illness from COVID-19, schools need to consider the risks for teachers as they consider reopening.

New partnerships are emerging across the U.S. that create innovative educational approaches to preparing America’s young people for jobs, careers and further education, helping them develop an occupational identity and vocational self. These pioneering efforts can counter young people’s disengagement in school and the disappointment millennials express when they talk about their educational experiences.

People are finding out how to be useful in a new way – they are rethinking their ability to contribute to a larger movement and society with their own passion. Meet one of these people, Jennifer Stancil, an innovative and visionary C-Suite executive, sought after national speaker, and founder of The Hello Studios.

Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020
Training dates: Between June 8 and July 24, 2020

Fifteen out-of-school time programs have the opportunity to attend the Summer Academy to learn about and implement makerspace and engineering design curriculum for underserved middle school girls.

Afterschool programs are stepping in to innovate and find new ways to support their communities and students. A high number of programs are serving youth remotely or finding alternative ways to stay connected to youth. Some sites are serving as a meals site or otherwise distributing resources to families, and some are providing care for the children of essential workers.

By Sky Carroll
I have come to find a new normal. Every morning, I open my curtains and windows and do “Yoga With Adriene” on YouTube. Then I drink a cup of coffee, sit by the window in my newly rearranged room and listen to the birds. I spend the middle of my days cleaning, reading Pride and Prejudice, throwing a lacrosse ball and doing schoolwork. I take my dog, Blu, for a walk, and I end most days by calling or FaceTiming a few friends. Finding new purpose and taking time to do things I enjoy has helped me cope with, even enjoy, being forced to stay at home.

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