Helping Students Cope with COVID and Death

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Researcher & Writer Uncertainty, change, fear, and loss can make anyone feel anxious, confused, and sad. In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down. Schools have closed, families are confined inside, jobs have disappeared, and loved ones have died. It’s important to check in with children
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In a World of Noise, Music is the Answer

By Zenisha Shah, CEI intern One’s journey with music begins in the mother’s womb. We hear music before we see the world. Every culture throughout the world has music at its core. In addition to being a form of entertainment and celebration, music has numerous benefits. It alleviates mood and decreases stress, as well as
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Swimming While Black: Diversity in Aquatics

By Marla Hunter, Founder & CEO of Live. Love. Swim!, LLC @LiveLoveSwimLLC It all began the summer of 1985 at the Mason YMCA. I was 4 years old preparing for my first group swim lessons. According to my mum, before the lessons officially began I jumped into the 10-foot deep end and a lifeguard had to
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Reimagining Education in the Era of COVID-19

By Michelle Hull, CEI Intern   Over the past five months, educators have been called to radically reimagine the classroom experience. This challenge has posed myriad questions: Why are students not consistently showing up to class or turning on their video cameras? How can the end of the school year be appropriately celebrated? And, above all
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Teachers and Families Collaborating to Educate Children During School Closures

By Hailey Jordan, CEI Intern Many schools across the world closed this spring in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. School and government leaders are still pondering whether or not it will be safe to reopen in the fall. According to UNESCO (2020), recent school closures impacted nearly 60% of the world’s
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Back to School After COVID-19 Part I: Supporting Student & Staff Mental Health

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support and Ingrid Padgett, CEI Director of Communications & Development This is the first part of the special series Back to School After COVID-19. View Part II here. School districts are making decisions right now about how and when to “open up” for the next academic
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Back to School After COVID-19 Part II: Schools Must Address Grief as Students Return to School

By Kaela Farrise, CEI Program Assistant, Innovation & Research Support This is the second part of the special series Back to School After COVID-19. View Part I here. As schools reopen, it is essential to specifically consider and address feelings of grief and loss among students and staff. Some students and teachers will be grieving
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Back to School After COVID-19 Part III: Open Up with Optimism and Connection

By Kate Nugent, Vice President of Learning, Life is Good Playmakers and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is the third part of the special series Back to School After COVID-19. View Part I here. As staff and students return to school this fall, behind computers or at their school desks,
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