Educating Through a Pandemic: Introduction

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Nothing has been left untouched by the coronavirus pandemic, including education. Education is one highly valued aspect of American society, but the coronavirus has brought learning at all levels to a grinding halt. Teachers have moved to online platforms, students have begun to adjust to personalized learning, and everyone is left with more questions than answers. 

With all these questions and so much uncertainty, this blog series aims to seek answers about the track education is on for the remainder of this pandemic. We will explore several changes facing the school systems, and how each difference is affecting students, educators and the community as a whole. As new learning opportunities come to light, we will share them on this blog, along with any updates pertaining to canceled events such as graduation ceremonies. 

This topic is immensely important to many, whether a K-12 parent, learning the ropes of homeschooling, or a college student, wondering what will happen to the lost milestones that the coronavirus ripped away. Coming from a family with students still within the K-12 system, and myself a college student, I am witnessing intense changes in education first hand. I went from living and learning at my college, to virtually learning from a home over 100 miles away. 

As I navigate online learning for the first time, I want to check in with the education system as a whole to better understand the steps being taken to make virtual learning as simple and effective as possible. Virtual learning has proven to be quite the undertaking, but I hope you will join me as I begin to untangle the challenges the education system is solving, and the unique opportunities brought on by the pandemic. 

Feel free to comment down below with any pressing thoughts or questions about education that you would be interested in reading about! In the meantime, stay tuned to learn about a beneficial tutoring program recently enacted by local colleges and their education departments.

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