Month: March 2021

Governor Tom Wolf announced allocation plans for more than $303 million in federal funds received to support child care providers. The funds come from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law in December 2020 and continue support for an industry that is both a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s economy and a critical introduction to early education for children across Pennsylvania.

This toolkit includes communications assets to aid you in making the case for afterschool across a variety of audiences and platforms. Newest additions are editable handouts and tools to make the case for ESSER II funds and new summer messaging, messages to help position afterschool to receive cannabis tax revenue, and February media asset packages.

There has never been a more critical time to be intentional about showcasing Black excellence, inside and outside the classroom. Only 7% of educators are Black, and even less, 2%, are Black men. We know that students benefit from having role models that look like them. Studies show that Black students exposed to one Black teacher by third grade are 13% more likely to enroll in college, and students of color in general show improved reading and math test scores, as well as increased graduation rates when they have teachers of color.

Just 2% of teachers across the U.S. are Black men. The Black Teacher Pipeline will identify and cultivate high school and college students for careers in education, offering apprenticeships starting in high school, mentorship into college, and overall support through their first four years in the profession. As part of this enterprise, the Black Educators of Excellence Fellowship will partner with the United Negro College Fund to recruit and financially support students.

St. Pio’s is one of about 100 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that has been open for full-time, face-to-face education since the school year began. Behind barriers sit roughly 230 students, from pre-K through eighth grade, about the same number who occupied the building last year. So far, according to Principal Francesca Russo, there’s been no in-school transmission.

Application deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021
The program provides an opportunity for K–12 educators from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Participants work on individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and collaborate with colleagues on educational practices to improve student learning. Join a global community of educators and prepare your students for the world.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way teachers teach and how lessons are structured, creating a demand for flexible, credentialed professional learning for remote and hybrid instruction. Open to all educators, Verizon Innovative Learning’s Teacher Training Pathways support teachers with free professional learning focused on digital skills, remote learning and digital coaching with opportunities to earn Digital Promise micro-credentials.

Cohort 4: Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 12 to 2 p.m. EDT
Cohort 5: Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 12 to 2 p.m. EDT
In this four-module learning series, teachers in grades K through 2 will learn how to develop academic language and literacy for young children, with a particular focus on young English learners.

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