It’s week 126 of our new reality.
For many students around the country, this is their final days or weeks of summer break before the new school year begins, the fourth school year since Covid-19 cases first appeared in winter 2020. Each school year since those initial school closures has been defined by disruptions. What will it take to make this one different?
Last time in the New Reality Roundup, we examined the political shifts underway around education and the need to push for a full recovery from school closures. This week we look at what we all can learn from the educational innovations in Arizona and look ahead to the 2022-23 school year with a focus on heading off potential disruptions to learning before they start.
FROM THE FIELD
NewMexicoKidsCAN’s Amanda Aragon was interviewed by KRQE on the release of their new Back to School toolkit to help parents start out the year strong. “Every school year is really important, but because of everything that students and families have been through over the last two years, this year is very important. The toolkit is all the information you need to make sure your student gets off on the right foot.”
David Miyashiro, executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN, joined the “What School Could Be?” podcast to talk about his experience teaching and the work he’s done on giving every student a pathway to a meaningful career. The key to furthering these pathways in David’s mind: “Where can we find the assets that already exist in Hawaii and how can we infuse it in our schools and other institutions?”
State Outreach Director Steven Quinn announced the new members of GeorgiaCAN’s parent fellowship, now in its fourth year. Among the participants are several parents of children with special needs who are fighting for increased services and access to a great education.
Moment of Resilience
Dominique, an Arizona mom who has four children in the state’s AZ OnTrack Summer Camp, couldn’t be more thrilled by the opportunity it’s provided. “It’s been an amazing opportunity,” she shares. “Having four kids, you can imagine how expensive childcare would be, having my kids in a safe and fun environment with amazing calendars … it’s been an amazing program. They had an option to stay home with grandma but they wanted to come to camp. It’s like that every day.”