Message to all EARCOS Heads

These are worrisome days for all of us. Disruption, anxiety, unexpected and unwelcome change hover above on a seemingly daily basis.

Over the past several months more and more of our region’s schools have closed their doors and turned to distance education to help them support their students’ learning. How far technology has come to be able to actually support our efforts to keep schools ‘open’ and our students’ learning. And what a valiant effort by so many EARCOS tech directors and teachers who have worked tirelessly each and every day to support their students from a distance—often while enduring the challenges of loneliness and isolation as they endure being quarantined themselves. These educators all deserve our deepest admiration and gratitude.

Surely, the current pandemic will subside. But, when faced with the unknown, and surely the Covid-19 virus is that, the very best action we can take is to obtain the facts and to build plans for our next steps based on those facts. Below you will find links to vital information that has been culled from leading organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and various other agencies. They all offer a balanced and informed perspective on the global pandemic situation.

I especially want to recognize here the information that has come to us from two of our own international education groups—the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), led by Mark Ulfers, and the Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools (ACAMIS) led by Tom Ulmet. The information that they collect, check, collate, and share is truly a gift to all of us. We at EARCOS salute AAIE and ACAMIS for helping all of us find and maintain a balanced perspective. I also want to recognize the many school leaders and IT Directors who have shared their impressive Distance Learning plans on line so the rest of us could learn from their experiences.

Sharing and standing with one another in the face of these uncertain times, once again underscores the power of community that is EARCOS.

With best wishes to all of you and your incredible communities--stay well, stay together, stay informed and stay positive!



Edward E. Greene, Ph.D.
Executive Director

 

 


AAIE COVID-19 Update


AAIE's COVID-19 BRIEFING #60: May 24, 2020
AAIE
May 24 2020 3:18 PM

 


ACAMIS Coronavirus Update (Trends, Thoughts, Facts)
https://www.acamis.org/

ACAMIS COVID-19 Update # 8, April 27, 2020
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Useful Resources Website
Global Online Academy https://globalonlineacademy.org/covid-19
LINK to the Johns Hopkins CSSE Infection Rate World Graphic
(updated hourly online)
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/
The WHO European Region Dashboard is available to the public. https://who.maps.arcgis.com/
The US Center for Disease Control also offers straightforward, up-to-date information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
A second link for the CDC that offers additional information on the coronavirus outbreak https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
Travel Advisory information from the US Department of State https://travel.state.gov/
Online Learning During School Closures https://vhslearning.org/online-learning-during-school-closures
Making the switch to online learning Download for Administrators | Teachers
A look at social distancing or what is called the "non-pharmaceutical response" and a rethink about travel. https://elemental.medium.com/
Here is the CDC landing page for travel advisories and risk level assessment by country. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html


Additional Readings

ISC Research COVID-19 Updates https://www.iscresearch.com/
From Finalsite: Resources for online learning and communication, using best-in-class school examples. https://www.finalsite.com/
From The Atlantic: This could all last 18 months. Be prepared. A pragmatic view of the days ahead. https://www.theatlantic.com/
From McKinsey Consultants- a CEO perspective: Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges https://www.mckinsey.com/
Free Lesson Plans for Teachers, Parents, and Students from the critically acclaimed Great Books Foundation  https://www.greatbooks.org/


Latest update from CollegeBoard and Advance Placement(AP)

SAT - The College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds. The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We'll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration in the US and will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. A webpage with regularly posted information about the impact of the virus on the SAT.

https://pages.collegeboard.org/
AP - The AP Program is finalizing streamlined AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. We’re working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the college credit they’ve earned. The AP Program will communicate the details of these additional solutions to educators and students by March 20. Click here for the latest information from the AP Program. Another useful reference point is Trevor Packer’s Twitter page:Click here

If you require additional information or assistance, please contact the EARCOS office at info@earcos.org.

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html