May 12, 2020 - Health

AFT releases capstone lessons to bridge gap for students learning from home

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The American Federation of Teachers launched several capstone lesson plans Tuesday to help K-12 teachers measure student progress during school closures and overcome the challenges of a remote learning setting.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inequalities students face when forced to learn from home, and how teachers must adapt to individual needs like limited broadband or mobile-only devices.

The big picture: About 96% of America's 57 million K-12 students have been affected by school closures, according to AFT.

  • The union's "Culminating Capstone Projects" guide teachers through several personalized projects and lesson plans that can provide limited-to-no technology options for students like posters, brochures or presenting to a teacher by phone.
  • The plans stretch through the remaining weeks of the school year.

What they're saying

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that students already have completed at least seven months of learning. We need to make sure to honor this, not invalidate it, and offer kids both closure and a bridge to next year. With these capstone projects in hand, teachers can hope to engage each and every one of their kids before school breaks for the summer—and beyond.”
— Randi Weingarten, AFT president

The bottom line: School districts across the U.S. are still deciding how they're going to outline the school year next fall and whether they will include some spring material from the previous grade.

  • AFT says the projects are designed to help "wrap up the school year, complete during a voluntary summer learning program or even as re-entry into the next year — whenever that happens," according to the lesson plans obtained by Axios.

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Increased armed presence planned for D.C. tonight

Demonstrators stand around a fire during a protest near the White House in response to the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Government officials say plans are in place for a significantly heavier armed presence on the streets of Washington, D.C. tonight in response to the increasingly violent protests linked to the death of George Floyd.

What we're hearing: "Tonight you will see increased presence, both police...other agencies, and National Guard presence," a source familiar with the government's plans said.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 6,226,408 — Total deaths: 373,973 — Total recoveries — 2,672,161Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 1,799,747 — Total deaths: 104,702 — Total recoveries: 444,758 — Total tested: 16,936,891Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
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New York City to impose curfew amid ongoing protests

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New York City will be placed under curfew on Monday from 11pm until 5am Tuesday morning following days of protests over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The big picture: Demonstrations in New York, like in cities across the country, turned violent over the weekend as protesters clashed with police late into the night. The number of police officers on the streets of New York will double from 4,000 to 8,000.