North Dakota does not fund preschool, but the state’s superintendent of public instruction is working with her team to kickstart a kindergarten readiness program called Waterford UPSTART, which provides computers and broadband connection to rural families at no cost to them.
Libraries have become a hub for more than just books. Through leveraging resources, libraries have worked to foster community-based learning in building critical thinking and problem-solving skills through STEM experiences.
Libraries have been a place to check out books for centuries. However, checking out things like telescopes or board games would have been unthinkable. Now, its something that is expected of libraries, which are evolving into “libraries of things.”
The online learning environment provides obstacles for students and teachers alike. Students still need to feel like they have a relationship with their teachers and are in an environment where they can take risks and ask questions, despite being on an online platform, so teachers must adapt to foster this type of environment for their students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way educators think about teaching and required a process that plans for continued e-learning while also considering activities that promote student wellness in these distressing times.