Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are making sure students remain engaged and connected this summer through their virtual summer sessions. Take a peek at the young people exploring various art forms.

America’s child care providers, who care for roughly 12 million children under age 5 every day, have been devastated by the coronavirus crisis. Nearly half of child care facilities were closed in early April, according to a survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. By June, child care centers were either open or in the process of re-opening in most states but under conditions that providers say could put them out of business.

Physicist Tim McKay has taught enough introductory physics courses to know what many university students think about them: They are difficult. “We have to change the culture,” says McKay, who is now an associate dean for undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. “I’d really like for students to take intro to science courses and come out feeling like they had real success, like they were set up to learn the deep roots of the field, rather than feeling like they got through by the skin of their teeth and didn’t understand anything.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, summer learning programs will be especially important. With many students sidelined from traditional academics for nearly six months, experts are expecting significant learning shortfalls when students return to their studies this fall. This is especially true for those who lack home internet access or computers.

Longstanding, structural inequities seem to seep their way into every crevice of our country. The coronavirus further exposes this problematic pattern, unveiling entrenched racial inequities in education, health care, criminal justice, employment, technology, and more. Clearly these disparate impacts involve dismantling more than the virus.

This webinar was unique in that it was interactive, and allowed participants to share examples of community collaboration and how they are utilizing their partnerships to support students this summer.

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