Things are tough for college
students right now. The COVID-19 crisis, which has disrupted life
everywhere, is “quite possibly the single most disruptive event
in American higher education in at least a half century,”
according to the Atlantic, one that has “left students scrambling
to wrangle flights home and pack up their dorm room.”
The last two weeks have certainly required flexibility,
innovation and problem-solving for educators not just in SREB
states but across the nation and the world. Those of us at SREB
who support teachers and district- and school-based coaches have
been flooded with emails, texts and phone calls asking for help.
In an effort to support all of you from afar, we offer some tips
and strategies for how you can navigate the road of e-learning.
We know that this is a challenging time for teachers across the
country. Many of you have been plunged into the world of virtual
learning without a lot of time to prepare. Following sudden
school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve had to
move quickly to shift your carefully planned lessons online so
your students can continue learning at home. And those of
you who are STEM and career and technical education teachers
in particular face unique challenges as you work to adapt
hands-on learning experiences to a virtual format.
Nearly 60 percent of U.S. school districts report cyberattacks
infrequently — every month or less, according to a recent
Consortium for School Networking report. But in November,
David Couch, K-12 Chief Information Officer at the Kentucky
Department of Education, made a startling announcement. Couch
told the SREB Legislative Advisory Council that he’d seen over 4
billion attempted cyber-attacks in one year in his
Technology security is a
global issue for education, government, military, business and private individuals. Each October,
the topic is highlighted to bring attention to the issue.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is celebrating its 15th
year since inception. Homeland Security provides a
toolkit that discusses resources and how to engage various
stakeholders on the importance of cybersecurity.
Congratulations to the Arkansas Department of Education for its
broadband connectivity accomplishments! Arkansas is now one of
only six states in the nation that have met the federal target
for high-speed broadband in every public school.