education is not and should not be “place based”

Research continues to point to education as the golden ticket to elevating lives and opportunities. The national conversation on what comprises quality education continues as a pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the entire world. In seeking to better understand the new balance of work and life, questions around how to cope persist as we share with our friends and anyone who might listen as frustrations grow. 

In our weekly conversation, REfresh, (Wednesdays @noon), two inspiring education advocates, Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Monika Kincheloe, a Senior Director of America’s Promise, shared ways we can better cope and actively participate in achieving our collective goals of an improved education experience, for students and ourselves. Here were some great takeaways: 

1.    Academic Learning is not our only form of learning

COVID is teaching us a lot. Understanding that academic learning is just part of

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With no bubble in place, football season, college and NFL, in jeopardy with rising COVID rates

It was just a normal Saturday in the tense new world of college and pro football.

The New England Patriots reopened their facilities after canceling Friday’s practice because of a positive COVID-19 test. The Jacksonville Jaguars closed their facilities after a practice-squad player tested positive on Friday. The Denver Broncos traveled to face the Patriots without running-backs coach Curtis Modkins, who tested positive for COVID on Saturday morning, and also without running back Melvin Gordon III, who had an illness that was feared to be COVID but now has been determined to be unrelated.

Meanwhile, in college football, Alabama’s legendary, soon-to-be 69-year-old, coach Nick Saban was cleared to be on the sidelines in the Tide’s blockbuster game against Georgia after his original diagnosis of COVID was determined to be a false positive. Two other Southeastern Conference games — Florida vs. LSU, and Vanderbilt vs. Missouri — scheduled for Saturday were

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