The New York Times, July 31, 2020
The risk that students could arrive at school with the coronavirus
Many districts will start the school year remotely. … But decisions on remote learning come with their own concerns, said Greg J. Duncan, an education professor at the University of California, Irvine. . Studies have shown that younger children and those in lower-income districts do not learn as well online as they do in person. For lower-income children, that gap in learning can persist, he said. Wealthy families, which have more resources and workarounds, will be far more risk-averse than others, Dr. Duncan said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
NBC News, July 30, 2020
As California coronavirus cases spike, contact tracing stalled by fear and embarrassment
Daniel Parker, an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, who is training tracers in Orange County, said they really need to get in touch with someone’s contact within three days of a positive test result to intercept transmission of the disease. But if it takes a week or more to get the results, “you have to question whether it’s worthwhile at that point,” he said.
GMA, July 22, 2020 (Video)
I have a stutter, listen to what I say not how I say it
UCI alumna Trang Truong, who graduated with honors, speaks out about the challenges and overcoming speaking with a stutter.
CalMatters, July 31, 2020 (Guest commentary)
We must invest in the University of California, not cut core instruction
Bill Maurer, UCI dean of social sciences and others write, “The problem of declining funds has deep policy and institutional roots at least two decades in the making. If we are forced to make another round of cuts to core instructional resources, the quality of education that we can guarantee our students will plummet. There are alternatives to steep cuts, and we must find them.”
Orange County Register, July 30, 2020
Why now is the time for schools to change how they teach about race and diversity
For populations of students who have not done well in a traditional school setting, ethnic studies can give them that critical push they might be craving, said UC Irvine School of Education assistant professor Emily Penner. Penner and Stanford’s Thomas Dee took a group of ninth-graders in San Francisco schools who had GPAs below 2.0 and gave them ethnic studies classes as well as traditional classes. … What they found led the school district in 2014 to expand the ethnic studies classes to all its high schools. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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