Practitioners and researchers in education are charged with the important task of identifying effective recovery practices that include providing students and families with the appropriate resources and supports during this pandemic.

By Shobana Musti, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Education

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We recently passed the six-month mark since the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown in March when K–12 schools made the abrupt switch to remote instruction. Although administrators and teachers responded to the call with urgency, the summer months have given us time to plan and prepare for a fall reopening.

As I teach my fall course entitled, Literacy Instruction for Students with Special Needs, I can’t help but be struck by the magnitude of effect that COVID-19 has had on the most vulnerable of our school-aged population — students considered at risk for school failure who come from diverse ethnic, racial, and linguistic backgrounds including low-income households. Included in this group are students with disabilities receiving special education and related services such as occupational therapy and speech therapy. Although it is too early to measure the true impact of the remote learning on students’ academic learning, preliminary indications based on seasonal loss research indicate that students will re-enter school in fall 2020 behind a full grade level. The academic losses brought about by the prolonged disruption of learning is referred to as the COVID-19 Slide (NWEA, 2020). …

The educational landscape has shifted radically, and these changes may not go away anytime soon — if ever.

by Brenna Hassinger-Das, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dyson College

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As a children and media researcher, I have spent a lot of time since the COVID-19 pandemic began thinking about screen time. By April 2020, school closures affected 1.2 …

Ships and those who man them are an invisible part of many of our lives.

By Andrew Coggins, PhD
Professor of Management, Lubin School of Business

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Psalm 107:23–24 KJV states, “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord and his wonders of the deep.”

Ninety percent of all goods move by sea at some point in their journey from creation to consumption. These goods are carried by some 50,000 plus merchant ships manned by some 1.65 plus million seafarers, split about 40/60 officers and ratings.

Seafarers work under time limited contracts, anywhere from six weeks to nine months. The International Transport Federation (ITF) recommends a maximum length of 10 months. In normal times, pre-COVID, everyday there are thousands of seafarers in the air, seamlessly passing through immigration and customs on their way to and from their ships. However, to paraphrase Tolkien’s Gollum character, “we are not in normal…

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