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December 16, 2021
Q&A: Speech-Language Pathologist Normajean Mehrman Reflects on 17+ Years of Instructional Audio Success
Q&A: Speech-Language Pathologist Normajean Mehrman Reflects on 17+ Years of Instructional Audio Success

Ahead of her retirement in November 2021, Normajean Mehrman met with Lightspeed to discuss her experience with instructional audio during her time as a speech-language pathologist at Hampton Bays Public Schools.

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November 16, 2021
Addressing unfinished learning with instructional audio
Addressing unfinished learning with instructional audio

Experts warn the pandemic’s interruption to in-person classroom learning – spanning 18 months in some communities – had serious consequences for students. 

 

Virtual platforms proved a poor substitute for in-person education, particularly for the social-emotional learning (SEL) crucial to keeping students engaged and motivated. Without in-person connections with teachers and other students, many students lagged projected academic gains, and in some cases, ceased participating altogether.  

 

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October 1, 2021
Supporting Literacy Through Clearer, Amplified Sound
Supporting Literacy Through Clearer, Amplified Sound

California’s 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. 

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September 3, 2021
Portland Nonprofit Works for Education Equity
Portland Nonprofit Works for Education Equity

Stand for Children, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, has spent the last 25 years working to improve the lives of children through education through proven solutions that focus on equity and racial justice.  

 

The organization followed a Children’s Defense Fund rally in June 1996, drawing some 300,000 participants to Washington, D.C., – largest demonstration for children in U.S. history. 

 

Since 1999, the organization, which operates across nine states, has achieved over 209 state and local victories and leveraged over $6.7 billion in education investments to improve the lives of more than 5.6 million children. 

 

Lightspeed, whoseinstructional audio systems address classroom equity by ensuring all students can hear clearly, became a Stand partner in 2020.  

 

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July 30, 2021
Back-to-School 2021: An update on pandemic relief funding
Back-to-School 2021: An update on pandemic relief funding

Editor’s Note: Much has happened since we published this blog in February 2021; we’ve updated to include the most recent details regarding pandemic funding for schools, including details about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

 

Federal aid programs created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic represent important funding opportunities for K-12 schools. Each package is meant to provide enough flexibility for schools to complete a variety of projects–from purchasing cleaning supplies, covering budget shortfalls and providing educational support, to purchasing technologies and facilitating training for educators and other staff members.

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