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- Authored by: Greg Cunningham

Once an at-risk student himself, Jorge Santana leads his students towards success at PACE

Once an at-risk student, Jorge Santana now leads students towards success

JUNE 2020 PODCAST – This month’s podcast features Jorge Santana, the Executive Director of the PACE Career Academy Charter School in Pembroke, New Hampshire, a JFYNet partner school. In this episode, you’ll hear how Mr. Santana was an at-risk student while growing up, worked early in his career to find systemic solutions to help students connect with mentors, and how PACE Academy works with students who are considered at risk and struggle with education due to other factors in their lives. We also hear two current students at PACE Academy discuss how they have found success with the help of Mr. Santana and all the staff members at PACE.

Specialists’ messages to the 2020 graduates

Hats off to the Class of 2020

from Cathie, Eileen, Joan and Greg

Cathie

When I graduated from high school, our class motto was “At this peak we begin climbing.” My message to this year’s graduates is, You have climbed the peak! Congratulations! As you stand there, you look back to your high school days and ahead to all that is before you. This is not the only peak you will climb in your life. You will pass through some valleys, and you will ascend other peaks. Cherish your time in the valleys. It is there that you grow, learn things about yourself, and gain strength to conquer the next peak. As you prepare for that next climb, I wish you a smooth ascent and a beautiful view from the top!

Teachers: Impact of COVID-19 on Daily Activities, Students and More

Teacher Perspectives: Shifting to Remote & Distance Learning

MAY 2020 PODCAST – This podcast features educators from Durfee High School in Fall River, Mindess Elementary School in Ashland, and Newton South High School discussing how the shift to remote learning due to the Covid-19 shutdown has impacted daily schedules, allowed some students to thrive, thrown other students off stride, and may create a “new normal” for education in the future.

Button, Button, Don’t Push My Button

“YOU’RE ON MUTE!”

by Greg Cunningham, Remote Learning Specialist

According to Merriam-Webster, some of the most popular words of 2019 were crawdad (aquatic animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams), snitty (disagreeably ill-tempered), and tergiversation (evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement).

I’m betting the most popular word of 2020 will be mute, as in “WE CAN’T HEAR YOU–YOU’RE ON MUTE!” Or “CAN YOU MUTE SO THE REST OF US DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOUR YAPPY DOG DURING THIS MEETING?” I use the word at least five times a day.

Im[pact of school shutdown. a student perspective

Student Perspectives: Effect on Educational Programs

APRIL 2020 PODCAST – Our April podcast features students from Needham High School, Durfee High School in Fall River, Bridgewater State University and UMass Amherst as they discuss how the statewide school shutdown has affected their educational programs, their extracurricular activities, and how the Covid-19 virus may create a “new normal” in the future.

Math skills. Not just a passing grade requirement, but essential for life after school

These skills are essential for life after school

There are basically two types of people in the world: those who already love math, and those who don’t love it yet. In this webinar, we explore why math skills are important, not just to pass required math classes, but also for jobs and for life after high school in our data-driven society where almost everything eventually turns out to be a numbers game.

Tools and strategies using JFYNet’s ELA software

Tools and strategies using JFYNet’s ELA software

Hosted by Greg Cunningham, Blended Learning Specialist

JFYNet is often called a test prep program. It’s true that one intended result of our online curriculum is to help students succeed on MCAS, Accuplacer and SAT, the standardized tests that weigh so heavily in the balance of their future options. But tests measure skills, and what we are really doing is helping students develop the skills that are measured on those tests.

JFYNet staff report on the new COVID-19 normal.

Hero Educators Abound

by JFYNet’s Blended Learning Specialists: Eileen Wedegartner, Greg Cunningham and Cathie Maglio

Eileen Wedegartner

In a COVID-19 update April 2 Governor Baker apologized for not being able to name a specific date when something had happened. “I feel like March 6 to today has been one long day,” he mused. “I can’t keep track of it anymore.”

I knew what he meant. These last few weeks have been a whirlwind when life as we knew it drastically changed. Seemingly overnight, the streets in Boston fell silent and New York, the city that never sleeps, fell into a coma. Baker ordered all schools closed for three weeks and then extended it even longer, to May 4. District leaders, school administrators, teachers, parents and even students are mobilizing to try out learning in different ways. As I watch my own children navigate classroom meet-ups on Zoom and Google Hangouts, I am thankful for the efforts teachers are making to fill the void we in the community feel without school.

From face-to-face to online classes with Dr. Michael Marrapodi

Tips and Strategies for Teachers Transitioning to Online Courses

MARCH 2020 PODCAST – Today’s podcast will provide some tips and strategies for teachers transitioning to online courses. It features Dr. Michael Marrapodi, Dean of Online Programming at Cambridge College. This podcast was created by JFYNetWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit provider of blended learning programs to schools. JFY’s blended instructional support programs build skills and help raise individual and school performance measures. JFY brings online assessments and curriculum into the classroom and works with teachers to provide individualized instruction to help students achieve measured skill gains.

In response to the current crisis, JFY is now offering its online curriculum and teacher support remotely to help teachers sustain instruction during the shutdown. For more information on JFYNet‘s Remote Learning contact Greg Cunningham.

Teachers often wonder whether an online course can be as effective as a face to face course. As Dr. Marrapodi explains, the potential is absolutely there.

How to log into Mathspace, Online Learning

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DEAR JFYNet Partner School Students,

If you need help logging in and are unable to contact your teacher, you can email Greg at GCunningham@JFYNet.org. Be sure to include your full name, your school and teacher’s name as well as the course name.

THANK YOU,

Team JFYNetWorks