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What are ‘learning pods’? Parents seek options as pandemic complicates school year

Pandemic pods. Microschools. Quaranteams.

These are just a few of the terms used to describe the latest effort by American families to navigate their children’s education this fall as the coronavirus pandemic complicates the school year.

The concept involves kids at or around the same education level gathering in person in small groups led or supervised by volunteer parents, hired teachers or nannies. Ideas on education bubbles sprouted when many school districts announced they will return virtually without reopening campuses.

The ultimate goal? To ensure children receive their education with the socialization necessary for proper development and learning while maintaining

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American teachers are facing ‘a perfect storm’ of crises amid the coronavirus pandemic

The compounding stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, the sudden transition to remote learning, and the politicization of schools reopening are burning out teachers.

“I was on the verge of leaving,” an art teacher from Connecticut, who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade but did not want to be identified out of fear of professional retaliation, told Yahoo Finance. “The reason why I stayed truthfully was because of my loan payments.”

According to a survey by Horace Mann of 2,490 educators in the U.S. in June, 34% of them are considering leaving the profession due to the financial stress they’re feeling. 

“It’s

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D308 Presents Reopening Plans For Fall Amid Pandemic

OSWEGO, IL — The Oswego School District 308 is aiming to reopen schools Aug. 19 for the 2020-2021 school year. During its July 13 meeting, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Faith Dahlquist presented the plan to the Board of Education, which gives students the choice to attend school in person or to engage in remote learning.

The district aims to follow Centers for Disease Control, American Association of Pediatrics and Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, and based on those, its priorities for learning options are:

  • Minimizing health risks for all students and staff.

  • Maximizing the time for in-person instruction.

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Here’s a New Way to Do Study Abroad During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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With the U.S. and much of the world engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and health risks have threatened to make study abroad difficult, if not impossible.

But that doesn’t mean students won’t still want to learn about other cultures and see how people in other parts of the world approach different issues, such as climate change, income inequality or human rights.

Ideally, students would learn about these things in different cultural contexts by actually going to other countries. But since travel abroad to certain countries is off-limits or discouraged due to

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Here’s a new way to do study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

<span class="caption">Professors overseas can teach US students about perspectives in other countries. </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/professor-luisa-ferreira-gives-a-virtual-photojournalism-news-photo/1227419031?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images">Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images</a></span>
Professors overseas can teach US students about perspectives in other countries. Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

With the U.S. and much of the world engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and health risks have threatened to make study abroad difficult, if not impossible.

But that doesn’t mean students won’t still want to learn about other cultures and see how people in other parts of the world approach different issues, such as climate change, income inequality or human rights.

Ideally, students would learn about these things in different cultural contexts by actually going to other countries. But since travel abroad

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