Take a moment to read our roundup of content and resources to bring ideas, insight and inspiration into the week ahead – and beyond. While districts still face many challenges due to COVID, we also want to share the resilience and adaptability many districts have shown as they work to educate students in a “not so normal world.“
Fourth grade special education teacher Jaimee Rothenberg says the Lightspeed classroom instructional audio system was an important tool before the COVID-19 pandemic, helping students with auditory issues who may have otherwise needed preferential seating, and helping all students hear lessons more clearly.
Simi Valley Unified School District first tested Lightspeed’s Topcat instructional audio system at an elementary school serving deaf and hearing-impaired students, but quickly realized the system had much broader impact.
“There’s a tremendous benefit to all of our students,” said Jennifer Goldman, principal at Mountain View Elementary School.
The economic fallout of the pandemic combined with increased expenses to safely meet student needs –whether holding classes virtually or in person – have created new pressures on school budgets. But federal aid programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 represent important funding opportunities for K-12 schools.
From desks surrounded by plexiglass and required mask use, to students split between remote and classroom settings, educators say instructional audio systems are more important than ever to overcoming barriers to learning presented by COVID-19 measures.