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Additional context on Speeding Ahead: COVID-19 School Closures and Distance Learning Report

HawaiiKidsCAN spoke with Nicholas Munyan-Penney, who is the author of Education Reform Now’s Speeding Ahead: COVID-19 School Closures and Distance Learning report on April 9, 2020. The following represents the additional context we learned through that conversation. HawaiiKidsCAN also offered the opportunity for Hawaii State Department of Education representatives a chance to provide a statement to this blog post, which they respectfully declined.

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Highlights from Hawaii Education Innovation Showcase 2020!

We asked ourselves the question “What if we create an event so community-based nonprofits, local entrepreneurs, and families can come together to share resources about learning experiences that are outside of the traditional school system?” We also wondered: “What could we learn from sharing the thoughts and experiences, and knowledge gained through the eyes of youth who have participated in these programs?” Our questions became a reality, on January 26th, when we held our first Hawaii Education Innovation Showcase (HEIS). We think of HEIS as a community learning experiment and experience. With so many layers, it’s hard to explain in a couple of sentences, so let me dive in and share with you some highlights of the event!