School Business Affairs September 2020

asbointl.org SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | SEPTEMBER 2020 39 tools and resources Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Tech Enablers W hat top five tech tools are enabling innovation in K–12 schools? CoSN answers that question in the last of their 2020 Driving K–12 Innovation series of reports. The report explores how school systems determine what technol- ogy advancements are critical for teaching and learning today, and explores two Tech Enablers that are particularly timely given the current transition to virtual learning. Access the report as well as other resources at www.cosn.org . HVAC, IAQ, and Coronavirus With school districts rolling out reopening plans, how can they ensure students return to a healthy school environment? These resources related to ventilation and corona- virus may provide guidance. • Indoor Air and COVID-19: The EPA has a new website and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about indoor air and coronavirus, including infor- mation about ventilation and HVAC systems: www.epa.gov/coronavirus/ indoor-air-and-coronavirus-covid-19 • ASHRAE preparedness resources: ASHRAE (formerly known as the Ameri- can Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has released guidance and resources on ventilation, filtration, and HVAC maintenance in relation to coronavirus on their website: www.ashrae.org. General air quality best practices are available at the EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools website: www.epa.gov/iaq-schools. Youth Apprenticeships Apprenticeship programs for youth com- bine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience, provid- ing the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways: college, full-time employment, or a combination. Learn more about the value of youth apprenticeship programs and see three successful programs “in action” in Seattle, Denver, and Charlotte at www.apprenticeship.gov/educators/ high-school-and-middle-school. Summer Learning Loss More than half of U.S. students in grades 1–6 experienced summer learning losses five years in a row, according to a large-scale study published in American Education Research Journal . The study used test data for 18 million students in 7,500 school districts. The authors found that although some students learn more than others during the school year, most are moving in the same direction—that is, making learning gains— while school is in session. The same can- not be said for summers, when more than half of students exhibit learning losses year after year. The researchers suggest looking beyond just schooling solutions to address out-of- school learning disparities. Read the full article at https://journals. sagepub.com/stoken/default+domain/ GBRTK2UCCZCUMP8IB6RN/full Tech Innovation, IAQ, Apprenticeships, and Learning COMING IN OCTOBER SBA • Leading in Pandemic Times • Leaders and Emotional Intelligence • Leadership Development for Support Staff • Avoiding Job Burnout

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