Weekly roundup: The power of esports in schools, reversing reopening plans, and more

Need some convincing about the power of esports in schools?

In a recent article authored for District Administration, OCDE Executive Director of Educational Services Tom Turner explains how esports is connecting students through inclusive social-emotional instruction that translates into valuable opportunities for personal growth.Student with baseball cap smiling and typing on a computer game

Turner said that through the work of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) in conjunction with OCDE and the University of California, Irvine, a team of educators has authored a curriculum that specifically aligns with important education standards, such as Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Arts, International Society for Technology in Education as well as Career Technical Education.

“NASEF’s work with scholastic esports explicitly connects interest-based learning with a written code of conduct; a safe, engaging, inclusive environment; direct instruction of positive expectations and digital responsibility; and a place where every student is engaged,” he said.

Turner says esports is often misunderstood, and there is a difference between a healthy relationship with gaming and one that is negatively affecting your mental health.

“When you open your mind to esports beyond stereotypes and into the realm of an integrated and cohesive system of support, all of these questions get answered while educators can go about supporting the whole child.”

And here are some of the other education news stories we’ve been following:

  • Many California families are opting out of kindergarten this year and are choosing to enroll their children in preschool, due to concerns about sending children to school for the first time via distance learning, EdSource reported.
  • Earlier this week, Orange County civil rights pioneer Felicitas Mendez, who helped bring an end to forced segregation in California’s education system and paved the way for school integration across the United States was the subject of a Google doodle tribute.

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