Here are a few of the education stories we’ve bookmarked recently.
Jill Biden Surprises 2021’s Teacher of The Year In Emotional Meeting: “It’s so beautiful”
CBS This Morning revealed that Nevada special education teacher Julia Urtubey has been named 2021 National Teacher of the Year. Urtubey was personally congratulated by Dr. Jill Biden with a bouquet of flowers and a letter from President Biden.
The Role of Play in Post-Pandemic Healing
This past year has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, especially children. This feature from Psychology Today explores how the act of playing can promote healing for kids and gives a few tips on how to ignite children’s sense of playfulness.
Sandra Liu Huang: When Teachers Succeed, Students Do, Too. How to Support Educators After One of the Most Traumatic Years of Their Lives
After helping their students navigate the obstacles of this past year, teachers are at a real risk of burnout and quitting the profession. Within this contributed piece from The 74 Million, Sandra Liu Hang, Head of Education and Vice President of Product for the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, provides ways that school and district leaders can show support for their teachers to hopefully address this rising issue.
Why Summer Learning Programs Are Pushing More Fun than Academics
After more than a year of teaching throughout the pandemic, many school districts have big plans for summer learning. This piece from EdSurge details how various school and district leaders are coming up with effective summer programs that not only help address learning loss, but that also push students to have fun.