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Leadership Masterminds 5.0
If the pandemic taught the AAIE community anything, it’s that leaders do better when we break out of isolation and learn in conversation and community. Registration is now open for our fifth cohort of Leadership Masterminds led by Homa Tavangar and Will Richardson of the BIG Questions Institute, which convenes in September 2022. Learn more and register.
AAIE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION
Thursdays at 8:00 AM EDT
An "open mic" format with active problem-solving around leadership dilemmas and conundrums. As we continue to learn, it is our social interaction that helps counter stress and our grappling with the everyday unexpected. Join Laura Light-AAIE and Will Richardson-BQI for this week's conversation.
June 23, 2022
OUR LATIN AMERICA CONVERSATION
Thursdays at 10:00 AM EDT
Latin America school heads and senior leaders take on the issues of the day, locked in mutual support and shared problem-solving. The LATAM CONVERSATION is hosted by Laura Light-AAIE, Michael Adams - Tri Association, Dereck Rhoads-AMISA and facilitated by Homa Tavangar or Will Richardson.
June 23, 2022
AAIE BRIEFING HIGHLIGHTS
Data and Ideas to Support Your Crisis Leadership
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022
- 539,783,312 Worldwide Cases (Johns Hopkins)
- 6,320,517 Worldwide Deaths (Johns Hopkins)
News we are following
Shanghai Surprise: How I Survived 70 days Confinement in the World’s Strictest Covid Lockdown - CNN
WTO Agrees Deals on Covid Vaccines and Overfishing - BBC News
How Japan Achieved One of The World’s Lowest Covid Death Rates - Bloomberg
Covid Cases Surges, But Deaths Stay Near Lows - New York Times
North Korea Reports ‘Epidemic’ of Unidentified Intestinal Disease After Covid Wave - CNN
An 11th grade student at Singapore American School contacted AAIE recently about an issue she deeply cares about - the importance of gender-neutral language in promoting gender equality. She noted the guidelines on gender-neutral language adopted by the United Nations and other organizations, acknowledging the important role language plays in shaping social and cultural attitudes. She then went on to say that academic institutions are replacing "Freshman" and other similar terms with gender-neutral alternatives.
The American International School of Lusaka (AISL) in Zambia is so happy to announce that Darlene Huson has been selected as one of the two National Distinguished Principals from the Department of State Assisted Schools for 2022. The selection committee ranked Darlene very high among the applicants.
NEWS WE'RE FOLLOWING
For decades, Lucy Calkins has determined how millions of children learn to read. An education professor, she has been a pre-eminent leader of “balanced literacy,” a loosely defined teaching philosophy. However, after decades of resistance, Professor Calkins has made a major retreat. A rewrite of her reading curriculum, from kindergarten to second grade, includes, for the first time, daily structured phonics lessons to be used with the whole class.
New York Times
The pandemic has supercharged the decline in the nation’s public school system in ways that experts say will not easily be reversed. All together, America’s public schools have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, according to a recently published national survey. State enrollment figures show no sign of a rebound to the previous national levels any time soon.
- New York Times
The pandemic has taken a substantial toll on students’ academic progress as well as on their mental health. Analysis highlights the extent of the challenge and demonstrates how the impact of the pandemic on learning extends across students, families, and entire communities. School systems can respond across multiple horizons to help students get back on track.
By McKinsey & Company
Schools in 23 countries, with 405 million pupils, are still partially or fully closed because of Covid, the United Nations Children's Fund says. The charity, Unicef, estimates 147 million children have missed at least half of their in-person schooling. Unicef executive director Catherine Russell says children are "the hidden casualties of the pandemic".
By the BBC
As a followup to recent news about Covid-19 in China, Dr. Emmanuel Bonin -Deputy Head of School - Chief Academic Officer at Shanghai American School has shared the following update. "On March 1, 2022, a few COVID cases of the Omicron variant originated in a quarantine hotel in Shanghai’s central Xuhui district. The city initiated its series of “dynamic zero-covid” targeted measures, geared toward achieving “dynamic clearance”: extended contact tracing, isolation of first and second contacts, large array of community testing, and targeted lockdown of some compounds defined as “medium-risk zones”.
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On this page, you will find an archive of our every-other-day email updates regarding the COVID-19 virus, along with our weekly COVID-19 online conversations. Each newsletter contains fresh links to the latest information and developments, along with handpicked resources to assist leaders in this difficult time.