Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Posted: 03 Dec 2020 07:00 AM PST HOUSTON , Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), the largest provider of allied health education in Texas , today announced the opening of its Houston Med Center campus near the Texas Medical Center hub. The new campus, CHCP's fourth in the greater Houston area, will offer short-term programs that will prepare working learners for fast-growing healthcare jobs in the region, including many on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Even before the pandemic, the presence of a world-class healthcare system was accelerating the demand for talented workers throughout the Hous

Tituss Burgess Tomorrow Afternoon Kicks Off Live, Online Musical Performance Series From Carnegie Hall - Forbes

Tituss Burgess Tomorrow Afternoon Kicks Off Live, Online Musical Performance Series From Carnegie Hall - Forbes

Tituss Burgess Tomorrow Afternoon Kicks Off Live, Online Musical Performance Series From Carnegie Hall - Forbes

Posted: 13 Apr 2020 10:32 AM PDT

TV, theater and film actor Tituss Burgess tomorrow afternoon will kick off Live with Carnegie Hall, a new online series designed to connect world-class artists with music lovers everywhere.

The series will feature live musical performances, storytelling and conversations that will offer insights into great music, as well as behind-the-scenes personal perspectives.

The series will launch at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 14, with a live performance and conversation with Burgess. In addition to performing some of his favorite musical numbers, he will interview Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison CountyThe Last Five Years) and soprano Angel Blue (the Metropolitan Opera's Porgy & Bess). Burgess will himself be interviewed by TV journalist Frank DiLella; together they will take questions via social media from the viewing audience.

In an interview last weekend, Burgess—who stars as Titus Andromedon in the TV series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, previously appeared in 30 Rock and four Broadway plays, and made his debut in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium on February 1 in a concert celebrating the music and 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim—said the program tomorrow grew out of conversations he had had with Carnegie Hall executives, in which they discussed "virtual outreach, how you involve young people, people around the world. I suppose it's like a perfect marriage that they would launch Live with Carnegie Hall and that I would kick it off. I would do anything for those people. I love the institution and what they stand for in terms of education and outreach."

Burgess said he has known Brown for 15 years, but only met Blue—whom he called a "glorious soprano"—recently.

Burgess—who lives in Weekhawken, N.J., across the Hudson River from Manhattan—said he was "holding up" during the pandemic, explaining that being "in a self-imposed environment is not new to me. I'm an introvert, a homebody.

"The arts right now, if you think about it, are pretty much the only thing that is keeping humans sane as we self-quarantine. This is our time to emerge and reemerge, and be even more resilient, and think of new and exciting ways to connect with our respective disciplines, mine being entertainment," he added.

 Live with Carnegie Hall will continue at 2 p.m. EDT on April 16, when conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will explore the world of Beethoven as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of the composer's birth. Nézet-Séguin will be joined by members of the orchestra and its composer-in-residence, Gabriela Lena Frank. 

The program on April 21 will be curated by singer Ute Lemper, who will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps following World War II; performances will draw upon stories from Bergen-Belsen.

Additional programs will be curated by other leading musicians who have appeared on Carnegie Hall's stages, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Michael Feinstein, Renée Fleming and Angélique Kidjo.

In addition to live conversation and performance, Live with Carnegie Hall programming will integrate historical or recent audio/video content drawn from concerts, master classes and recordings. In most of the programs, artists will engage with viewers in real time via social media.

The series will be streamed on Carnegie Hall's social media channels via Facebook Live and Instagram Live. A schedule of upcoming Live with Carnegie Hall episodes as well as archived programs available for on-demand viewing will be found on the series' website

Visitors to this page are also invited to explore "Live from Carnegie Hall" radio broadcasts, produced in partnership with WQXR 105.9 FM, and features from Carnegie Hall's archives.

Carnegie Hall said it is creating this original, online programming in response to the current environment, where audiences worldwide are seeking compelling ways to explore music and the arts from home.

"Through the reach of technology, Live with Carnegie Hall offers us the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy unique musical experiences at a time when we all need the uplifting inspiration of the arts more than ever," said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. "We are excited to be able to share our virtual stage with some of the world's most extraordinary artists, representing the full range of music that graces Carnegie Hall's stages every day of the week."

Carnegie Hall continues to offer online programming for families and children, from babies and toddlers to teenagers, as well as free resources for music educators, including a new Facebook group, open to all.

Teaching Online Classes During The COVID-19 Pandemic - NPR

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

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As colleges across the country pivot online on very short notice, there are a host of complications — from laptops and Internet access to mental health and financial needs.

Digital learning experts have some surprising advice: do less.

"Please Do A Bad Job Of Putting Your Courses Online" is the title of one popular blog post by Rebecca Barrett-Fox, an assistant professor of sociology at Arkansas State University. Her point: "your class is not the highest priority of their or your life right now." She suggests not requiring students to show up online at a particular time and making all exams open-book and open-Internet.

Luke Waltzer, the director of the Center on Teaching and Learning at the Graduate Center, CUNY, laid out his guidelines for transitioning to a "minimum viable course" in a single Tweet:

Some colleges like Duke, Smith, MIT, Georgetown and Grinnell are starting to offer students the option of taking their Spring courses pass/fail given the circumstances.

In a time of virtual reality classrooms and AI-enabled automated tutoring programs, why are the experts in digital teaching calling for professors to simplify?

"Everyone's freaked out," says Sean Michael Morris. He's in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado, Denver and the director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, an organization focused on digital learning, technology and social justice.

Sean Michael Morris says that in this unprecedented time, "Recognizing that we're also human, we also have to figure this out together is incredibly important. The idea of being able to just port what you're doing in a classroom into an online environment has its own problems. But trying to do that in the midst of a pandemic is another problem altogether."

Morris and other colleagues have a tongue-in-cheek name for what they're doing right now: "Panic-gogy" (for panic + pedagogy).

On one level, Panicgogy means understanding students' practicalities. Some only have smartphones. Some have family responsibilities. Some have been sent home and need to find a new place to live, new job, and new health insurance. Professors may feel that the simplest option would be transitioning to class over video chat, but for all these practical reasons "It's not really realistic to think that students can just show up and start taking class at the same time every day in an online environment," says Morris.

Morris also suggests that professors not rely solely on the university's official software, known as a learning management system, but that they make themselves reachable by as many means as possible while preserving privacy: Facebook, Twitter, email, WhatsApp group. And make sure that students have the opportunity to be connected to each other as well.

He also suggests that professors make themselves as familiar as possible with all the types of help universities and communities are offering: from counseling, to emergency loans and other financial assistance.

Robin DeRosa is director of the Open Learning and Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She says, "I think the first thing is we are not building online courses or converting your face to face courses to online learning. Really, what we're doing is we are trying to extend a sense of care to our students and trying to build a community that's going to be able to work together to get through the learning challenges that we have."

DeRosa points out that creating an excellent online course can take a year of development and collaboration among people with different skills.

"So if people think that in three to five days they're going to rejigger their course and build some super amazing online platform, that's probably unlikely to happen," she says.

DeRosa suggests that we ask students for their own suggestions on the best ways to keep in touch.

"The idea here is really to help our students feel included in the process of rethinking education for a challenging time."

DeRosa also suggests that professors bring COVID-19 onto the curriculum.

"Whatever field you teach, I think it's worth asking how is that field affected by the public health crisis and what contributions could the field be making right now to help people in their communities."

Even though the focus can sometimes be on technology, tools, and logistics, Morris, from the University of Colorado, Denver, says that what is really required from professors at this time is compassion.

"The real skill that Panicgogy requires is sort of a critical compassion, if you will, the ability to look at the situation as it really is. Figure out what's going on, how you can operate within that, and how you can be compassionate in that as well."

Henrico Schools 'Flix' the switch to online platform - Henrico Citizen

Posted: 14 Apr 2020 01:17 AM PDT

"Hey Mom, what's on Netflix . . . I mean, EdFlix . . . today?"

Ok, so the overlap is probably a stretch at best, but Henrico County Public Schools officials are hoping that students will find their new online learning initiative just as engaging . . . well, somewhat as engaging, perhaps, as the popular movie and television show platform with a similar name.

The school system later today will unveil what it is calling EdFlix, a platform designed to offer weekly optional learning exercises primarily for elementary school students through the end of the school year. (The platform also outlines options for middle and high school students, but most of those will be completed on other online platforms.)

The site essentially is a resource with grade-relevant topics, projects and exercises that students may complete partially online and partially offline. School officials have designed the lessons in two-week increments and are referring to them as "seasons" to fit the Netflix theme. (Season 1 ran from March 16 to 27; season 2 begins today and concludes April 24).

Elementary school teachers have been told by school system officials to facilitate discussion sessions with students two to three times a week for a total of an hour at the kindergarten and first-grade levels and for a total of 90 minutes for second- through fifth-graders. The sessions are optional for students.

An example of an EdFlix "Choice Board" that offers students in kindergarten and first grade five learning exercises in each of four subject areas. (HCPS)

Elementary school activities

At the elementary school level, students will have a performance task and a choice board from which to select and complete various lessons. For example, for their performance task, second and third grade students are asked to describe a "global citizen" to family members after:

• viewing a slideshow;
• using a linked online program to read a biography of the person;
• creating a graphic organizer to summarize the person's life;
• and then creating a visual component (a game, video, trading card or 3D "paper person") to enhance their final presentations.

Choice board activities direct students to select one assignment from each of four subjects – language arts; math; science and social studies; and library/art/music/physical education and social/emotional. For fourth and fifth-graders, these choices include ideas like creating a personalized license plate for a northeast state using seven letters or fewer; exploring the Ring of Fire by reading an article on an online platform; and turning the shape of a shoe into something else through drawing.

The site is broken into categories for pre-kindergarten; kindergarten and first grade; second and third grade; fourth and fifth grade; sixth through 12th grade; and a section for families, which includes links to a number of guides and online resources for parents.

An example shown on EdFlix of 3D "paper people."

Secondary school activities

For middle school and high school students, the plan is for their individual subject teachers to provide through the online Schoology platform "optional opportunities for enrichment of content that was previously taught" through June 12, according to school officials.

Middle and high school students who want to improve their third marking period grades in any class will have through April 24 to complete "recovery" assignments in Schoology on previous content from the period.

From today through May 5, teachers at both levels who taught a high school credit-bearing course are responsible for planning and developing "learning experiences that address essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13," according to the EdFlix website.

Then, from May 6 through what would have been the last day of school (June 12), seniors who are otherwise on track to graduate but who were actively enrolled in, or hadn't yet completed, one of the following courses will complete what officials are terming "required new learning experiences" to cover essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13:
• a U.S. or Virginia history course;
• a fine or performing arts course;
• a career and technical education course;
• a second of sequential electives;
• and/or an economics and personal finance course.

The content won't be graded, according to an outline posted on EdFlix.

All other students enrolled in courses that award high school credit will follow similar guidelines to complete required experiences, which also won't be graded. For students who aren't able to complete the required components by June 12, another opportunity will be provided in the company school year, according to the site.

High school seniors who are taking Virtual Virginia or Edgenuity online courses in either U.S. or Virginia history, fine or performing arts, career and technical education, a second of sequential electives, and/or personal finance will be expected to complete the course with a passing grade in order to earn a standard credit. Due dates are June 12 for Edgenuity courses and vary as shown in the Virtual Virginia academic calendar for that platform.

Other Virtual Virginia students will follow similar directives, according to the site.

Seniors enrolled in other Edgenuity courses will earn credit for a course if they have successfully completed 45 percent or more of it with a passing grade, while those who haven't completed 45 percent or who have but don't have passing grades will have until May 1 to do so in order to earn credits. Other students earning high school credit through Edgenuity will be required to complete the entire course by June 12 with a passing grad in order to receive the credit.

Facing The Coronavirus Crisis, Musicians Take To Teaching Online - NPR

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:43 PM PDT

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Musicians and other professional performers are among those who have already been hit hard by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For many, most of their regular income opportunities have been canceled, or have been delayed indefinitely. So many musicians are trying their hand at teaching online.

Bassist Steve Whipple has played with everyone from Lady Gaga to NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi to his own group.

As soon as the coronavirus started making its way across the United States, Whipple saw that musicians were getting in trouble. Tours were shut down. Venues started closing left and right.

"A lot of people are stuck at home," Whipple says. "So I thought if we could connect those two populations, you know, we'd help employ the musicians who don't have work."

So he and a couple of friends set up a website called Maestro Match to pair up teachers with prospective students around the globe — both kids and adults. Within days, hundreds of musicians had signed up to teach, from emerging artists to world-famous professionals.

"Some of my heroes are signing up to teach," he says, noting that he has been "blown away" by the likes of jazz trumpet virtuoso Ralph Alessi and renowned opera singer Isabel Leonard becoming part of his site.

While some musicians are racing to play catch-up — learning how to use videoconferencing apps and figuring out how to accept payment electronically, for example — others are old hands, like flutist and educator Barbara Siesel.

Siesel has been teaching online for years. Coincidentally, most of her students are from one country that's already been deeply affected by the coronavirus crisis. "I teach a lot of students from China because there are a lot of students, high- level students, who want to go to American universities and graduate schools," she explains.

Siesel says she's learned that while there are some drawbacks to interacting with her students online, she's mostly found the experience to be really positive.

"Working with somebody online is really focused," she says. "I can see everything that they're doing because they're right in front of my face, and I can't get distracted, and they can't either. So every minute is accounted for."

Other musicians worry that there's simply too much competition right now to really make any money through virtual teaching.

Chris King is a trumpet player from Orlando, Florida. He says, "It's a flooded market with online teaching at the moment, and we haven't necessarily seen any increase in prospective students."

He gigs around the city, and also works at the Disney theme parks, as do many of his local colleagues. Orlando's amusement parks and tourist attractions are, of course, closed now. So he's telling his colleagues to look outside of music to make their monthly nuts.

"Whatever skill you have, by all means, this is probably the time to try and cash in a little bit on it," King says, like landscaping or repairing instruments — whatever keeps the money coming in.

But singer-songwriter Amy Speace says that making music online is exactly the right thing to be doing, for both teachers and students.

"I know one thing that heals people is working on the thing that they love, even if it's not their job," Speace observes. "And if you're stuck at home, why not work on songs? Why not work on songwriting?"

Speace lives in Nashville, which suffered a devastating tornado in early March. Speace says people were already anxious before COVID-19 spread, and they're already getting stir-crazy. So she's been offering group songwriting workshops online. They've been filling up — and not just with professional musicians.

"Waiters, bartenders, service people who are stuck at home, wondering," she observes. "They want to create something because they've got to put their feeling somewhere, because if you're feeling stay in your head, what are you going to do? Do you drink, take drugs? You know, just sit in misery and become suicidal?"

"So I feel like that's my job as an artist and now as a teacher," Speace continues, "to help those who want to express this and give them some tools and allow them a space that there's a community around them that can support them."

Speace says that making art and music together — even virtually — is exactly the balm people need right now.


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