January/February 2021

Journal resources for the January/February 2021 issue:

K-12 Sports, Learning, and Inclusion: Designing for the Next Frontier

Text and Sketches by Lori Day and illustrations by Leila Khoury, Wuji Zhao, Yingjie Xie, Lori Day’s former students at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

Esports, which had gained steady popularity prior to the pandemic, positively skyrocketed during lock­down. As K-12 schools welcome students back—or plan for their eventual return—architect Lori Day outlines design considerations that address the sport’s continual rise and programmatic needs while factoring in health and safety.

As the world, including the sporting world, was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, one sector has proven thoroughly resilient: esports, or competitive video gam­ing, where players can participate remotely and spectators can watch matches from home. …
Read the full article with illustrations at the Perkins& Will site.

Discipline Equity Audits: Courageous Conversations and a Plan for the Future

By Trevor Chapman and Beth Hatt

How can schools address inequities in student discipline? Given the increase in racial tensions across our nation, it goes without question that schools are working diligently to find ways to identify and resolve inequities.

 “Even as educators increase the intensity of punish¬ments and negative reinforcements used to intervene with these students, there may be little improvement in their behavior. The same students being sent to the principal’s office in second grade are likely to be found in the in-school suspension room in eighth grade, and they may have left school altogether by their senior year”
Megan Tschannen-Moran
Pamela Hoff and Beth Hatt from Illinois State University provide an easy-to-use method to organize district or school discipline data. A template for this audit is available by contacting Hoff and Hatt at Illinois State University.

Practical PR: Return, Respond, and Recover

By members of the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association

Our colleagues from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association team up to share stories from the pandemic and thoughts on the future in this enhanced edition of the Journal’s regular Practical PR feature.

Schaumburg SD 54’s VLearning website
Schaumburg SD 54’s Crisis Fund
Schaumburg SD 54’s Parent Resources