Distance Learning

Chicos jóvenes trabajando en la tarea de lectura.
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Después de meses de educación a distancia en la primavera, todavía no sabemos cuál será la cantidad de trabajo que los estudiantes y los maestros deberán realizar desde casa en el otoño. 

Natalie Van Hoozer de KUNR habló con nuestra reportera Stephanie Serrano para analizar cómo fue la transición al aprendizaje a distancia durante la primavera, específicamente para los estudiantes aprendiendo inglés y las familias multilingües. 

Una niña de la escuela primaria trabaja en su tarea de matematicas.
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El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció una directiva que permite que las escuelas públicas del estado, junto con las escuelas privadas y las escuelas subvencionadas conocidas como “charters”, abran de nuevo para los cursos del verano, pero con restricciones específicas. Con estas instrucciones, los distritos escolares pueden decidir por sí mismos cómo reabrir sus instalaciones. Con la pandemia todavía vigente, el papel de la educación a distancia para las clases del otoño aún no está claro. 

Stephanie Serrano de KUNR habló con su colega Natalie Van Hoozer para explorar que han aprendido hasta ahora los educadores del distrito escolar del condado de Washoe sobre el aprendizaje a distancia. 

Young boys working on reading homework together.
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There are around half a million students enrolled in Nevada public schools, and more than 14 percent of them are considered English-language learners. With schools around the country relying on distance learning to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s unclear how the transition from in-person to online instruction affected those students. 

To help answer that question KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to break it all down. 

Once tarjetas decoradas por estudiantes están colgadas en una pared. Cada tarjeta lleva una palabra diferente. Dicen “determinación”, “pasión”, “crecimiento”, “pasión”, “compromiso”, y “fuerte”.
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Este 4 de junio los casinos y hoteles de Las Vegas reabrieron sus puertas luego del cierre de negocios no esenciales ordenado por el Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak. Pero esa mega industria no fue la única que enfrentó retos y tuvo que buscar alternativas para sobrepasar la cuarentena. 

Girl working on math homework.
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Governor Steve Sisolak announced a directive this week allowing school districts, along with charter and private schools, to reopen for summer school immediately, with specific  restrictions. Under the guidance, districts will decide for themselves how to reopen their facilities. With the pandemic still underway, it remains unclear how big a role distance learning will play in the summer and fall. 

KUNR’s Bree Zender spoke with our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to explore what Washoe County School District educators have learned about remote learning so far.

A row of orange lockers.
Ty O'Neil

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on Tuesday, which will allow K-12 schools and facilities to reopen, with restrictions, for summer activities, effective immediately; however, those facilities are not required to reopen. KUNR’s Michelle Billman talked to our reporter Lucia Starbuck to break down what we know at this point.

Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert
Nevada Department of Education

Like many aspects of life, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2019-2020 school year in Nevada to a screeching halt. Since then, schools have remained silent with teachers and students relying on distance learning to complete the semester. But what about next year? Will schools be ready to reopen in the fall? KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert to get her take on the coronavirus’ impact on schools across the state.

A history textbook and a pencil posed in front of a laptop screen.
Janelle Olisea

Washoe County Schools are wrapping up classes this week, and that instruction has been done through remote learning since late March due to the pandemic. Janelle Olisea is a reporter for KUNR’s Youth Media program who missed seeing her teachers and friends this semester. She shares her experience in this audio diary.

Editor's note: this story includes language that some readers may find offensive.

Starting Monday, Advanced Placement exams, which test high schoolers' knowledge of college material, will take an unusual form. The high-anxiety, college credit tests normally last three hours and are taken in person. But this year, in response to disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, the College Board, which administers AP exams, shortened the tests to 45 minutes and moved them online.

Libros de texto sobre en un escritorio en un salón de clase.
Alexa Ard

Las escuelas públicas de Nevada permanecen cerradas como parte del esfuerzo del estado para luchar contra la propagación de coronavirus. Pero para evitar que los estudiantes pierdan terreno a mitad del año académico, los distritos están recurriendo a planes de educación a distancia — osea por Internet. Para hablar de lo que esto significa para los 64,000 estudiantes inscritos en las escuelas del condado de Washoe, Paul Boger con la radio pública KUNR habló con Debbie Beirsdorff, la directora académica del distrito.

Textbooks sitting on a desk in a classroom.
Alexa Ard

Public schools across Nevada remain closed as part of the state’s ongoing effort to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. But to prevent students from losing ground midway through the academic year, districts are turning to distance learning plans. To talk about what that means for the 64,000 students enrolled in Washoe County schools, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Debbie Biersdorff, the district’s chief academic officer.