Natalie’s latest news coverage
- Despite political pressure, US teachers lead complex history lessons on race and slavery(USA Today exclusive, joint byline) New laws tell teachers how to discuss the history of slavery and racism. We visited four schools to see what kids are really learning. Read the full story here.
- Zoom fatigue and panic attacks: Online teachers face unique burnoutEducators across the country have faced challenges during COVID-19. Staff and substitute shortages and rising student behavioral problems — not to mention the ongoing worry about the virus — are among numerous factors impacting classrooms. Online educators are struggling in theirContinue reading “Zoom fatigue and panic attacks: Online teachers face unique burnout”
- School boards in the Mid-Valley, nationwide have become political battlegrounds(En Español: Cómo juntas escolares de Mid-Valley se convirtieron en campos de batalla política) What curriculum is taught, how schools respond to the ongoing pandemic and where educators stand on issues of race, gender identity and sexuality are increasingly beingContinue reading “School boards in the Mid-Valley, nationwide have become political battlegrounds”
- Hundreds of homeless kids have fallen off the radar in Salem during coronavirus pandemicIn a typical year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools educates about 1,200 students who lack stable housing. But that number sank at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when it became increasingly challenging for schools that had switched to remoteContinue reading “Hundreds of homeless kids have fallen off the radar in Salem during coronavirus pandemic”
- Salem resident Jacqueline Pawlowski shares stories of living ‘with all my heart,’ memories of D-DayIn her 98 years, Pawlowski has been no stranger to storytelling. She’s been published in medical journals for her work as a nurse. She submitted pieces for antique magazines when she and her husband owned theirContinue reading “Salem resident Jacqueline Pawlowski shares stories of living ‘with all my heart,’ memories of D-Day”
- Salem-Keizer hires security staff with former school resource officer money(Joint byline with Dianne Lugo) Salem-Keizer Public Schools is spending $600,000 on nine new security staff positions and a supervisor, using more than half the nearly $1 million saved from ending school resource officer contracts earlier this year. ReadContinue reading “Salem-Keizer hires security staff with former school resource officer money”
- Protesters demand Salem-Keizer board member Danielle Bethell resign after Facebook post(Joint byline with Dianne Lugo) Activists with Latinos Unidos Siempre are calling for Salem-Keizer school board member Danielle Bethell to resign, following comments she posted on Facebook. On Nov. 23, Bethell asked her Facebook followers for recommendations of any “middleContinue reading “Protesters demand Salem-Keizer board member Danielle Bethell resign after Facebook post”
- How is Salem-Keizer responding to increased fights in school?A Statesman Journal analysis of Salem-Keizer discipline data shows that while the number of fights this school year is up across the district compared to prior years — matching national trends of negative behaviors in schools —Continue reading “How is Salem-Keizer responding to increased fights in school?”
- Chef Steve Morton retires, looks back on time with Salem, Keizer’s Meals on Wheels programSeven years after joining the Meals on Wheels staff, and 10 years with Marion Polk Food Share, Morton retired in November. Read the full feature here.
- Willamette Valley administrators speak up for fired Newberg superintendentA group of local school district superintendents is speaking up for Joe Morelock, the fired superintendent of Newberg Public Schools. The Newberg School Board has gained attention in recent weeks for trying to ban teachers from displaying gayContinue reading “Willamette Valley administrators speak up for fired Newberg superintendent”
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