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Innovation Inspiration - Issue #13: Staying on Top of Pandemic News

Innovation Inspiration
Innovation Inspiration - Issue #13: Staying on Top of Pandemic News
By Lucy Gray • Issue #13 • View online
In this issue of Innovation Inspiration, we present a collection of recent news articles that may inform you about rapidly shifting policy shifts across the US in response to COVID-19 and its variants. Suggestions of a few experts to follow on Twitter are also provided. School leaders will continue to be challenged by changing guidance and have to make quick decisions to protect students and teachers based on accurate information.

The Pandemic is Not Over
It is becoming increasingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is not going away any time soon. Not enough people are vaccinated in the United States, let alone the rest of the world. Other locations around the globe have experienced new variants recently, and thus new challenges, and we are seeing similar phenomena at just as US schools open for a new school year.
Here are a few innovation-related recommendations for moving into this next phase.
  • Consider offering a remote option to students under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated yet. It is premature to return to full in-person learning.
  • Focus professional development efforts on strategies for engaging students and offer them more opportunities to exercise agency.
  • Make sure you are adopting principles of adult learning when designing professional learning experiences for your teachers.
  • Spend time on coming up with a plan to support the social-emotional health of faculty. They may not have fully recovered from the stress of the last year and a half and this year looks like it might be challenging as well.
One resource that might help you plan for this school year is COVID-19 guidance from the Learning Accelerator. Dig into their resources here.
COVID-19 Support for Educators
News You Can Use
Below is a curated collection of current news articles to help you stay in the loop.
Delta and vaccinated parents: What people with kids under 12 need to know
Arkansas Parents Sue State Over Ban On School Mask Mandates — Could Other States Be Next?
School Is Back in Session in Atlanta. Teachers and Families Are Wary. - The New York Times
'Breakthrough' Infections Do Not Mean COVID Vaccines Are Failing - Scientific American
Who Can Make You Get a Covid Vaccine? - The New York Times
Who Are the Unvaccinated in America? There’s No One Answer. - The New York Times
An Evolutionary Geneticist on the New Delta Variant, Vaccine Efficacy, and What Might Come Next in the COVID-19 Pandemic | by MacArthur Foundation | Aug, 2021 | Medium
CNN Fires Three Employees For Coming To Work Unvaccinated: Coronavirus Updates: NPR
Moderna Says Its Vaccine's Protection Holds After 6 Months - The New York Times
What Is Biden Waiting For?. The Delta variant is making clear what… | by Donald G. McNeil Jr. | Aug, 2021 | Medium
Who to Follow on This Topic On Twitter
Looking for a few experts and organizations to follow on social media? Here are a few that we follow.
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Lucy Gray

Innovation advisor and ed tech evangelist Lucy Gray curates interesting ideas and resources for forward-thinking educators.

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