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Good morning: Caesar Rodney’s Knable an Educator of the Year finalist

While the pandemic may have kept many teachers and students off-balance the past two years — with both online and in-person instruction — Elise Knable embraced the challenge, supporting her students and giving them a sense of self-worth when they needed it most.

For her efforts, the Caesar Rodney High School career and technology teacher was honored by the National Society of High School Scholars as a finalist for the 2021 Educator of the Year award.

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Bay to Bay News

Texas high school journalist reports for PBS NewsHour on issues affecting students

The pandemic has upended the lives of just about everyone, including high school students. But despite a lot of talk about remote versus in-person school, mask mandates and the rest, the perspectives of young people themselves often go unheard.

In the recent PBS NewsHour special, “Our New Normal: How Teens Are Redefining School Life,” the voices of students and student journalists took center stage.

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Texas Standard

How the political debate on teaching race in schools is impacting students and educators

Since the start of last year, more than half of all states have introduced bills banning the teaching of CRT in public schools. It is political backlash from conservatives, who are casting frank conversations about race as divisive or anti-white.

The NewsHour spoke to four high school students about their experiences learning about Black history amid the new restrictions and political pressure.


PBS NewsHour

Kauaʻi student shares how teens are dealing with ongoing pandemic changes in new PBS special

A local high school student had the opportunity to be part of a PBS NewsHour online special called “Our New Normal: How Teens Are Redefining School Life.” It showcased the next generation of journalists as they reported on hot-button issues affecting today’s young people such mental health, free speech, transgender rights, and the pandemic’s impact on education.

The program was co-hosted by Kate Nakamura, an aspiring journalist and junior at Kauaʻi High School. The Conversation sat down with her to find out what the new normal looks like for local high school students.


Hawai'i Public Radio

Johnstown students share thoughts on ‘new normal’ with teachers, administration

Greater Johnstown students from various grades provided honest answers to district teachers and administrators on Thursday about classes, mental health, safety and more.

“I just feel that it’s really important to get your point across,” junior Meeya Gause said. “It’s just nice to know that someone is listening to what you’re saying.”

The 16-year-old was one of 19 learners who participated in the gathering.

The students were shown the PBS documentary ”Our New Normal: How Teens are Redefining School Life,” which recently aired on WQED, then met with Superintendent Amy Arcurio and teachers Christian Wrabley, Dan Tomak and John Smith to discuss the film and their own lives.

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The Tribune-Democrat