Khan Academy founder’s tips for educating kids in pandemic

Sal Khan’s first inkling that COVID-19 was going to disrupt education around the world came in February, when the popular online learning platform he created saw a surge in traffic from South Korea. 

“We got a letter from a teacher who was saying how they were using Khan Academy to keep the kids learning during school closure,” he told AFP from San Francisco, saying he soon realized the vital role his organization could play in the pandemic.

The idea for Khan Academy began in 2004 when Khan, then a hedge fund manager, started giving math lessons to his 12-year-old cousin who lived on the other side of the United States, using Yahoo Doodle. 

Since that time, it has become one of the world’s leading internet education sites, available in 46 languages with a user base of 100 million, for whom it is completely free, thanks to the support of the

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As Stax Music Academy Turns 20, Memphis School Reimagines Curriculum for COVID

The Stax Music Academy isn’t participating in the debate about whether schools should open their classrooms and risk the further spreading of COVID-19. They’re going online, choosing to create solutions to the pandemic that broaden the Memphis academy’s offerings rather than curtail the usual curriculum.

When the doors open Aug. 17 at the music school, which quietly marked its 20th anniversary in June, the stay-at-home orders are leading to a new emphasis on recording and additional opportunities to teach songwriting.

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“Ninety percent of our focus has been on performance,” says executive director Pat Mitchell-Worley, noting the academy’s ensembles deliver more than 50 performances each year. “In the past, we have not been able to focus as much as we want on a studio work, the recorded performance.”

In February, they plan to do an online variety show that that can be streamed at any time and comes

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Arlington County Police Dept. Accepting Applications To Academy

ARLINGTON, VA—The Arlington County Police Department is now accepting applications for the 24th Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). The CPA is an educational program designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the community they serve.

According to the county police department, the intent of the CPA is to make participants aware of how the Arlington County Police Department operates and its role in the community. Participants are given an opportunity to increase their understanding of how police officers are trained and to experience the working environment of a police officer.

Some of the topics of covered in the CPA curriculum include: police hiring, legal considerations, use of force, mental health and crisis interventions, homelessness, business outreach, criminal investigations, the K9 unit, tactical operations, and patrol operations. The CPA will be an interactive, discussion-based learning experience featuring panel discussions, as well as practical exercises and hands-on training.

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Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan on the new school year and virtual learning

Last spring, with schools shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, educational apps became a lifesaver.

As parents, educators and students adjusted to the virtual classroom, many leaned on apps and tech to help bridge the gaps in learning.

Among them was the popular Khan Academy, started by founder and CEO Sal Khan in 2005 to provide videos and tools to help students learn math, science and more subjects.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Khan said he first learned of school closures due to the pandemic in February, after receiving letters from South Korea of teachers using Khan Academy. In the following months, schools began to close in the U.S. in favor of virtual learning.

“When it started to become clear that school closures might happen we started to do a bit of a war room around ‘OK we’ve gotta provide more support for teachers, for

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How the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy is doing its part to combat systemic racism

'Change begins at the local level,' says Angel McGee. (Photo by Jason Hanna / <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/kansas-city/" data-ylk="slk:Royals">Royals</a>)
‘Change begins at the local level,’ says Angel McGee. (Photo by Jason Hanna / Royals)

Angel McGee, manager of communications and outreach for the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy (KCUYA), an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, has witnessed firsthand the developments in the fight against systemic racism being made by the Royals. The Kansas City native participated in the team’s Juneteenth message this year and was instrumental in planning a successful voting drive weeks later.

McGee spoke with Yahoo Sports about how the Royals and the KCUYA are standing by their mission to advocate and educate, detailing how the team’s current objectives align with their intentions to be better allies for their players both at the professional level and within the academy.

Yahoo Sports: What separates what MLB is doing to combat racial injustice from the other major leagues?

Angel McGee: For the Royals, the biggest notion of

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Bode Miller launches winter sports academy

Bode Miller’s go-for-broke, risk-taking style on the slopes put him in a class by himself.

Now, school’s in session for that sort of knowledge – a crash course in avoiding those crashes on the course.

The retired American ski racer will partner with the Institute for Civic Leadership Academy to launch a Bode Miller winter sports academy.

It’s an online learning program designed for ski racers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers and any other outdoor sports enthusiast in grades 7-12. Miller’s responsibilities include direct communication with students, along with creating video content, workouts and webinars to help local club coaches better instruct their athletes. At least, that’s the blueprint in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Down the road, Miller envisions opening an actual school near Big Sky, Montana, where he and his family make their winter home.

His end goal: Produce the next wave of standouts – in the classroom and

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