New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online May 18 2020


Maslow before Bloom: Love becomes educational strategy during COVID-19

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

By Jeffrey S. Handelman
Director of Human Resources and Operations

With schools physically shuttered but still responsible for educating students for the remainder of the year, it is essential that students feel valued and connected to their schools, according to the authors of books on school culture. You might call it the strategy of love.

On Twitter, educators across the nation have been encouraging each other to show love for students in postings using the hashtag #MaslowBeforeBloom.


My message to the Class of 2020

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

Fred Langstaff
NYSSBA President

While we often say that hindsight is 20/20, we do not need to wait for the passage of time to know that this year's graduating seniors are living in historic times.

With schools closed through the end of the academic year, seniors and their families have had to accept the fact that many cherished, once-in-a-lifetime events - the senior prom, special ceremonies, and, yes, commencement - cannot take place as usual in the midst of a global public health crisis.


Digital divide = Equity issue

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

As is the case in many school districts, not all students in the Peru school district have access to the internet at home. So when the governor ordered schools across the state to close because of the coronavirus pandemic, offcials in the Clinton County school district had to figure out a way to make sure all students had broadband access.

"We used our essential staff and made calls to the home of every student to see what their technology capabilities were in their homes," Peru Superintendent Thomas Palmer told On Board.


Principal on parents: 'They've all been working so hard'

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

By Angela Marshall

How are special education students experiencing the school shutdown? While every student is different, consider Jason (not his real name), a 19-year-old student from Long Island.

Since the age of 5, he has attended the Carman Road School in Massapequa, which serves students with multiple disabilities including students with physical and developmental impairments as well as students with autism spectrum disorders, aged 5 to 21.

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