Michigan At-Home Education | Apr. 8, 2020 | COVID-19: Answers and Insight

Apr 8, 2020

WATCH NOW An in-depth look at the challenges Michigan K-12 schools face with at-home instruction because of COVID-19. State Superintendent Michael F. Rice, PhD and other experts  join host Shawn Turner to address how students, teachers, and parents will be academically and emotionally impacted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to close schools through the end of the academic year.

On this week's edition of COVID-19: Answers and Insight, Shawn Turner is joined by Michael F. Rice,  Dorinda Carter Andrews, and Grace Francken.

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About the Guests*

Michael F. Rice, PhD 
State Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

Rice discusses Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to close schools through the end of the academic year.

Dorinda Carter Andrews, EdD  
Chair and Professor, Department of Teacher Education 
College of Education, Michigan State University 
Andrews offers insight as to the challenges both parents and teachers face as schools shift to distance-learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can teachers support parents – and vice versa – in a “COVID-context” classroom for the next few months? 

Grace Francken, LMSW  
Social Work/Therapist, Empower Therapy Solutions   

Francken appears in the second half of the program and addresses the emotional distress the COVID pandemic is causing for children and families. Routines are vital for children as they develop and grow into adults. How are children, teens, parents – entire families – being affected? Francken provides caregivers with practical insight and advice on how to help children through this stressful time. 

*Guests and topic are subject to change

COVID-19: Answers and Insight airs in the capital region at these times (check local listings):

  • Thursdays at 9:30pm on WKAR HD
  • Saturdays at 6:30pm on WKAR WORLD
  • Sundays at noon on WKAR HD

Full episodes are available for on-demand viewing in the free PBS App on streaming devices and smart TVs, and at video.wkar.org.