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          NEWSLETTER 
          April 2020
Promoting excellence and transformation in education globally.
 
“The public health crisis demonstrates that J-WEL’s mission of working with our members to find scalable, tech-based solutions to global problems of education access is more important than ever." 

-J-WEL Executive Director Dr. Vijay Kumar

 
J-WEL is here to support and collaborate with our community during these challenging times. This month's newsletter features resources available to our friends and colleagues across the globe in the pK-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Learning spaces. Please feel welcome to share them with your communities and remember that we are all in this together, learning.
Featured Video: Online Learning in the Age of COVID-19

Professor Justin Reich discusses several challenges associated with shifting learning online, including a widening achievement gap between learners. He also provides advice for ways we might be able to address this.
In This Issue

Featured News

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J-WEL Week becomes new online experience J-WEL Connections

Unable to hold an in-person event, we created a radical redesign - J-WEL Connections. 
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3 Questions: J-WEL leaders on retooling education during a global crisis

"The situation is unprecedented, but we are not entirely unprepared." Dr. Vijay Kumar and Professor Eric Klopfer discuss retooling education during the current crisis.

COVID-19 Resources

MIT Full STEAM Ahead (all collaboratives)


MIT FULL STEAM Ahead is a collection of resources that J-WEL and other MIT organizations are putting together for teaching and learning online. These are meant as a rapid response to the need for online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are curating existing resources for K-12, higher education, and workforce learning, as well as providing a weekly package of relevant materials for K-12 students and teachers.

Full STEAM Ahead K-12 Care Packages

Full STEAM Ahead Week 3- Space Exploration Initiative
Full STEAM Ahead Care Packages have been made specifically for K-12 educators and learners. Care packages are thematic and include both online and offline activities. They are designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
 
Recent Care Packages
Week 1 (March 23) Spread of Disease
Week 2  (March 30) Stepping into Invention Education
Week 3: (April 6) Exploring and Living in Outer Space
Week 4: (April 13) Making Music and Sounds
Week 5: (April 20) The World Around Us (in honor of Earth Day/Week)
Week 6: (April 27): Inventing Matters!

J-WEL Connections podcast series (all collaboratives)

Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar
Our J-WEL Connections podcast series features interviews with J-WEL leadership on the challenges of pK-12 education, higher education, and workforce learning during COVID-19.

Interviewees include Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar (left), Dr. Vijay Kumar, Dr. Claudia Urrea, Dr. George Westerman, and others.
 

Additional curated resources (all collaboratives)

We have curated an evolving collection of COVID-19 public resources for pK-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Learning, including:
About J-WEL
An initiative of MIT and Community Jameel, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) works with our member organizations to promote excellence and transformation in education at MIT and worldwide. Through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education. 
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