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COVID-19 Briefing #4 (4.22.20) – State of Education

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #4 – April 22, 2020

Topic: The State of Education during COVID-19

Guest speaker #1: John Mooney, CEO and Education Reporter – NJ Spotlight

Guest speaker #2: Angela Garretson, Chief External Affairs Officer – New Jersey Institute of Technology

Guest speaker #3: Patrick Wall, Senior Reporter – Chalkbeat Newark

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Alternative online learning programs
  • Reporting on how COVID-19 is affecting virtual learning, attendance, food accessibility, special education and more
  • Examples of how STEM students at NJIT are making a difference
  • Technology gap and how it affects students – articles with more information
  • Mental Health hotlines and virtual offerings
Download the full summary and resources links here.

“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)