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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.

Origins of JFYNetWorks (Podcast)

With Gary Kaplan, Executive Director
Narrated by Greg Cunningham, Blended Learning Specialist

JANUARY 2020 PODCAST – For nearly 40 years, JFYNetWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, has served high-need populations in Massachusetts by developing and delivering education and job training programs that equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in our changing economy. Gary Kaplan, Executive Director of JFYNet, describes the origins of the non-profit, and how it has adapted to best serve a changing student population over the years.

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JFYNetWorks Staff Wrap Up Year With Thanks

by Gary Kaplan, JFYNetWorks Executive Director

The school year isn’t over until you’ve counted up the numbers. Last week, the staff of JFYNetWorks finished tallying the results of the 2015-16 year. We had over 3600 students working on college readiness in our 13 Massachusetts schools and two out of state. They logged thousands of hours of blended instruction in reading and math and gained tens of thousands of points on our assessment tests. On the crucial metrics of remedial courses eliminated and tuition and fees saved, they did themselves, and us, proud. They eliminated more than 460 remedial college courses and saved $272,000 in tuition and fees that can now be invested in credit-earning courses. Added to our previous totals, JFYNetWorks has helped students eliminate 2500 remedial courses and save $1,371,000. If we look happy in this picture, that’s why.