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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.

“Attending Asbury Park’s Call to Collaboration was my launch for my girl-centered mentoring program. It was an informative and educational experience that I will forever value. I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with community members from all walks of life.”

– Angela Ahbez-Anderson – Board Member & four-term President, Asbury Park School District (Asbury Park)

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