In my last piece as a guest contributor, we covered the critical need to have actionable data to help our
systems navigate through and beyond the COVID 19 pandemic. The title, To Set Your Course, You Must
First Know Where You Are, applies to the following four data domains that we work in as professional
Business sector author Patrick Lencioni stated, “If you could get all the people in an
organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market,
against any competition, at any time.”
By: Grant Lichtman, Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor
What can a wildly diverse group of architects, engineers, educators, and district administrators teach us about how to transform the K-12 learning experience? Plenty.
As I posted last week, I am involved in helping to design and build a new public middle school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our charge: build the best school in America and make it a core of the community. As I mentioned in that post, such an audacious goal would not be possible were it not for the most “obstinately visionary” (my new favorite hashtag!) group of district leaders I have ever worked with.
As we conclude the 2020-2021 academic year, The Akribos Group would like to express our sincere
appreciation to the numerous educational professionals who have successfully navigated the
unprecedented challenges of the past fourteen months, in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Throughout this time, we have witnessed the unwavering dedication and commitment of educational
professionals, at multiple levels, as they have responded to the unique and far-reaching implications
resulting from this unparalleled experience.
The Alabama Whole Community Whole Child (WC2) partnership is a decade-long blueprint for sustainable and comprehensive community-wide change. To be successful, community-wide sustainable change must embrace common vision, language, and experiences to address common conditions that give rise to mental, emotional, behavioral, and health difficulties. Common solutions to address common conditions include shared goals, strategies, and aligned supports ensure that every youth is safe, supported, engaged, healthy, and challenged in schools and in the community-at-large. In this article, we discuss the following aspects of the WC2: 1) The need for a public health approach to sustainable change; and 2) the vision of the WC2 model.
This week, I participated in a series of Zoom calls with classroom teachers around the country. While we focused on the academic and social, emotional, and behavioral goals of our five-year federal School Climate Transformation Grants, we spent most of our time—not surprisingly—talking about ways to teach students for the rest of the school year.
Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!
Both observation and personal experience are powerful instructional tools, but the key is to be alert, have a teachable attitude, and open to the instruction. For me, some of the most powerful and memorable lessons have been born out of specific situations and personal relationships. Some of those situations and circumstances were characterized by success and celebration while others were delivered through the school of adversity in the university of hard knocks. The personal relationships that have had the greatest impact, both personally and professionally, are those that taught me to graciously treasure the moment or courageously weather the storm, depending on the circumstances that confronted me in this often-unpredictable journey called life.
To recover from all the learning losses and dislocations caused by Covid-19, we need to greatly expand the afterschool and summer programs that survived and restart and launch new quality summer opportunities in 2021 and 2022, and afterschool opportunities in the 2021-22 school year and beyond. To make this almost quantum leap forward in summer and afterschool expansion, key state and local leaders should analyze how to create incentives, strengthen family-school community partnerships, increase funding, and reduce barriers for these crucial opportunities. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act that was signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes several funding opportunities that can significantly support afterschool and summer learning programs in 2021 and 2022.
By: Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D. and Felicia Simpson, Ed.S.
Research supports the growing potential of summer and afterschool opportunities and Partnerships to facilitate academic recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic. Learning losses, health issues, parents losing their jobs, lack of socialization, lack of childcare, and food insecurity are impacting every community, school,
and state during these unprecedented challenges. A growing body of research
and best practices show how quality afterschool and summer opportunities can
help address some of the negative impacts of Covid-19.
By Terry Peterson, Editor, Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success and
Felicia Simpson, experienced Alabama education leader, including now with the
Alabama Afterschool and Community Education Network