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Colorado Edition: Preparing Students


Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about the impact of remote learning on child development. Plus, what Colorado’s colleges and universities have planned for the fall. We’ll also hear from the founder of the BlacademicUS Twitter account, and learn about the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on education.

What Remote Learning Means For Students

School districts around Northern Colorado are giving parents a choice this coming school year: send their kids into schools for as long as pandemic conditions allow, or opt for 100% remote learning. Deadlines for making this decision are fast approaching, leaving parents with very little time — and even less information — to consider their options.

While a lot of parents are experts at this point on what remote learning means for their own ability to work, few are knowledgeable about what remote learning means for their children’s development. This is especially a consideration for the youngest, elementary-age children. So, we’re talking with an expert in childhood development to help make these decisions.

Lisa Roy, director of program development at the Buffet Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and former director of the Early Childhood Department at Denver Public Schools, joined us to talk through this decision.

What College Will Look Like For Colorado’s Students In The Fall

Like some school districts around the state, many Colorado's colleges and universities are still firming up their back-to-school plans. And with plans still up in the air, there are many uncertainties for students and staff alike.

Jason Gonzales, from Chalkbeat Colorado, joined us to discuss back-to-school plans for colleges and universities.

A Conversation With The Founder Of BlacademicUS

Joelle Jenkins, a senior at the University of Northern Colorado, recently launched the Twitter account BlacademicUS, which shares stories of Black people in academia. Joelle joined us to talk about her work, and why she founded the account.

The ADA And Technology

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, turned 30 years old over the weekend. The legislation banned discrimination against people with disabilities in public life. It mandates they have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA also ushered in technology that brought more equity to areas like education and employment. But as KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports, one program still touts the use of an old-school tool.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.
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