Faculty Focus-The World Needs Educational Leadership Through Corona Crisis

Leading Our Classes Through Times of Crisis with Engagement and PEACE

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caused a fast and radical shift across colleges and universities to remote and online teaching models. As such, our face-to-face courses have been taken out of the physical classroom and thrust into virtual domains. While many instructors are fluent and may prefer online teaching practices, others are struggling to rapidly expand their skill sets and become fluent in technologies they have never, or perhaps only briefly, explored. Although this transition to a remote teaching and learning format is uncomfortable for many of us, it has been inspirational to witness the collaborations that have emerged as a result of this pandemic. More specifically, in order to support these hasty efforts to move teaching online, a variety of communities of instructors have emerged to provide guidance, advice, tutorials, and other resources to help themselves and their colleagues achieve “good enough-ness” (teaching excellence is not the goal right now) in continuing to teach their students…. Complete Article HERE

BBC-Image of girls sharing textbook-130M girls without education

Reaching 130 Million Girls With No Access to School

In the time it takes to read this story, about eight girls under the age of 15 will have given birth—mostly in the world’s poorest countries— and many will never go back to school. Julia Gillard, former Australian prime minister, is campaigning for the right of girls to stay in education—and wants to stress the sense of urgency. There are 130 million girls who are completely missing out on school. These are “the most marginalised and hardest to reach”, says Ms Gillard. She chairs the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which raises funds in the developed world to support education in about 70 poorer countries. particular focus of the GPE has been to increase the number of girls in school—because in low-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, girls are much more likely to miss out. A report from the United Nations earlier this year warned that a third of the world’s poorest girls, aged between 10 and 18, have never been to school… Complete Article HERE