'Everyone is overwhelmed.' A teacher struggles to engage her students via distant learning
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kimberli Heck counts the students she’s connected with online since distance learning began: seven students out of a class of 26, and 34 students out of a class of 36.The English and history teacher at Winston Churchill Middle School in Carmichael has been teaching her classes online since April 13, exactly one month after schools abruptly closed in March at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.“Some students treat this time like it’s summer, but there are also a lot of parents who are just overwhelmed,” Heck said. “Everyone is overwhelmed.”Distance learning has proven to...
The Sacramento Bee
'Complete player' Blake Corum an explosive addition to Michigan's backfield
While Blake Corum’s speed might be the first thing that attracts notice on the football field, there’s a completeness to his game that his high school coach says separates him.Corum is the four-star running back out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland, who enrolled early at Michigan this year full of promise. Spring football was canceled as the campus suspended all activities and like players across the country, he’s back home working out.Corum joins a running back room that includes Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins, Christian Turner and senior Ch...
The Detroit News
High school dropout at 15. Community college at 22. Now, he's Princeton-bound. How?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asked what he intended to do after dropping out of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte at age 15, Christopher St. Hilaire doesn’t even flinch before providing an explanation.“My plan was to play video games, eat fast food, and do that till like 3, 4 in the morning. Every single day. All the time,” he recalls.Maybe it was in his blood. Not the part about being a couch potato, but rather the idea that getting even a halfway-decent education simply wasn’t important.After all, his father had skipped out of secondary school while growing up on the tiny island of Domenica in the ...
The Charlotte Observer
Chip Scoggins: Return of campus workouts means a ray of hope for college football
College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks. Universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall. This is the most optimistic I’ve felt about the college football season being played since this wretched pandemic shuttered sports.Nothing is guaranteed, of course. This is more of a gut feeling, fully aware that the mechanics of a season likely will look different. Maybe there will be fewer games. Fans might not be allowed in stadiums initially, or in reduced numbers. Full-scale testing will be essential. But measured progress in loosening re...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Quentin Moore, the top 2021 JUCO tight end, verbally commits to UW Huskies
Jacob Sirmon and Quentin Moore have already shared a field.And soon, they’ll share a sideline.On Oct. 27, 2017, 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman attended a high school football game between Bothell and Inglemoor to see Sirmon — who had already established himself as a four-star quarterback and University of Washington commit. Former Husky head coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith also were in attendance.And Sirmon didn’t disappoint. In a 41-14 victory, the Bothell bomber completed 19 of 23 passes for 289 yards with five touchdowns and zero intercept...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: After pandemic, will colleges ever be the same again?
A big focus for colleges and universities during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown has been on how students and professors are adjusting to the shift from campus life to online education. A newer focus is on seniors losing out on traditional graduation ceremonies and facing an uncertain future.With this unprecedented year winding down, the focus will shift again, to whether the institution of higher education itself will require radical changes.The first possible profound change has to do with the real possibility that the college financial model can’t survive the pandemic, as The New York Tim...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How Dolphins rookie Noah Igbinoghene rose from backup wide receiver to first-round cornerback
MIAMI — When Auburn coaches and Noah Igbinoghene decided that he would transition from wide receiver to cornerback before the 2018 season, they knew one thing:He would take this very seriously.The young man wouldn’t simply rely on his innate physical gifts and intoxicating athleticism that allowed him to set an Alabama high school state record in the triple jump and finish second in the nation in that event.Not only did he study nuances of his new position, but he was diligent in analyzing the weaknesses of the opponent. This seriousness in approach was very much in character for a young man w...
As 'Goldbergs' and 'Schooled' do prom episodes, ABC sends Philly high school seniors 'prom in a box'
PHILADELPHIA — Like so many high school seniors across the country, the class of 2020 at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia is missing some traditional milestones this spring, including the prom.This week, ABC is trying to take a little of the sting out of that loss by sending a “prom in a box” to seniors at the Quaker school that inspired “William Penn Academy.” That’s the school in the network’s 1980s-set sitcom “The Goldbergs” and its’ ’90s-set spin-off, “Schooled,” both created by Penn Charter graduate Adam F. Goldberg.A promotion for the network’s prom-themed episodes on Wednesda...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh takes aim at NFL draft rules, other college football issues in 'open letter'
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has never been hesitant to challenge the rules that govern college athletics, particularly football. During this stay-at-home time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Harbaugh has designed three proposals that could re-shape the future for college football players by giving them more control over their careers.Among the proposals, Harbaugh suggests a player can declare for the NFL draft after any season. If he is not selected in the first 224 picks of the draft, he could choose to return to college with his eligibility intact or sign an NFL free-agent contract and move on...
The Detroit News
How school shutdowns have changed PE class
As a physical education teacher at Winston Campus Junior High in Palatine, Ill., Emmie Galan used to lead spirited volleyball matches and handball games in the school gym. Now she’s hosting Instagram Live workout sessions for students from her living room.“My first thought was, I need to engage them in a way that will lead to maximum participation for all of my students, which is always sort of difficult, even when PE is not online,” Galan said. “We’re trying to keep our students’ spirits high, and we don’t want to penalize them, because they’re going through a difficult time right now, and th...