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At-Home Learning Tips For Parents, Caretakers Assisting Kids With Virtual Education




Goolsby Elementary School second grader Ella Dweck, 7, takes an online class as Goolsby Elementary School second grader Odette Conrad, 7, is tutored by College of Southern Nevada student Jordyn Leal as Conrad takes an online class at her home during the first week of distance learning for the Clark County School District amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Goolsby Elementary School second grader Ella Dweck, 7, takes an online class as Goolsby Elementary School second grader Odette Conrad, 7, is tutored by College of Southern Nevada student Jordyn Leal as Conrad takes an online class at her home during the first week of distance learning for the Clark County School District amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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It’s been a dramatic undertaking for many families this year as parents and caregivers learn the ins and outs of virtual and remote education.

The coronavirus pandemic quickly locked down local economies, closing K-12 schools and early childhood centers along the way. This isn’t the ideal situation for students, but many parents are trying to make the best of it and supplement learning opportunities throughout the school year. 

Each age group of students has different needs. Early childhood learners ages 0-5 need consistent engagement and interaction along with open ended questions to stimulate their brain and enhance their vocabulary. While elementary students may need more structure, middle and high schoolers are typically ready to build on their independence. As a parent or caretaker, how do you help supplement learning opportunities with virtual learning? Is it important to add to a formal curriculum? Should you focus on creating moments to socialize? Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with education experts about what parents and caretakers can do to assist their students while they learn remotely. We also want to hear your experience and take your questions. Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

Guests:

Dawn Kurtz, chief research officer at Child360, a nonprofit focused on assisting parents, teachers and early education administrators with educational opportunities for children 0-5 years old; she tweets @mommyanderson

Eugenia Mora-Flores, professor of clinical education and chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at USC’s Rossier School of Education

Erin Powers, director of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards at UCLA’s Center X, which provides advanced teaching credentials for K-12, she has more than 20 years experience as a secondary and high school teacher and instructional coach