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Education

Practices and dynamics of the classic learning environment with the realities of future learning.

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  • As the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum in Cedar Rapids during the summer of 2020, two Kennedy High School students made demands to the school board — including asking for the removal of school resource officers from schools. Almost a year later, district officials in Cedar Rapids schools presented data to the school board from the Io...
  • With the pandemic raging in August 2020 and the hope of vaccines seemingly still far off, Iowa colleges and universities welcomed students, faculty and staff back to campus — sort of. The 2020-21 academic year bore little resemblance to the college experience of yore — the one children and then teenagers dream of as they work their way through h...
  • Bridget Castelluccio spent a year teaching 33 fourth-graders remotely during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Castelluccio — known as Mrs. C by her students — said she volunteered to teach virtually because of her “extensive” background in technology.
  • The higher education term “summer melt” is used to describe a phenomenon of high school seniors intending to go to college who don’t actually enroll in the fall. But “COVID-19 melt” could be this year’s turn of phrase after thousands of students who did show up for classes last fall left midstream after finding themselves in a pandemic-plagued c...
  • IOWA CITY - An ACT Scholar program enabled Eduardo Munoz to be the first in his family to go to college, graduating from Kirkwood Community College for an associate degree and continuing to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to study mechanical engineering. Munoz was born in Mexico City, migrating to the U.S. with his parents in 2003. W...
  • David M. Kennedy is the Executive Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen rela...
  • The achievement gap in education is the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. In Iowa, that's students with economic hardship, individualized education plans (IEPs), English as Second Language and Black and Hispanic students. How can we close those gaps? How big of an impact is COVID having? What efforts hold the most pro...
  • Speaker: Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD / Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School / Co-founder, Tripod Education Partners / Faculty Associate, Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy/ Founder, The Basics, Inc. Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson is an MIT-trained economist whose teaching, research, and...
  • With in-person learning challenged in ways like never before, what adjustments need to be made to make sure all students have an opportunity to learn when the system must pivot like never before. We'll talk about some of the lessons tried, learned, or failed and what policy changes may be necessary going forward. Panelists included: Ann Lebo, Di...
  • The COVID pandemic has inserted significant uncertainty in Iowa's higher education system, threatening the delivery of learning, enrollment and finances at the same time. What permanent change needs to be enacted? What long-term adjustments will Iowa need to make for the health of colleges and universities? Panelists: Jonathan Brand, President, ...

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