Lessons From New York City’s School-Reopening Fiasco

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg Opinion) — New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, and the largest public school district planning to begin at least some in-person instruction, has botched its reopening plans for the fall. Its mistakes are a cautionary tale for school systems across the U.S. that are struggling to balance the benefits of resuming their educational programs against the risks of spreading Covid-19.

Piecemeal planning and poor communication by the New York City education department prompted pleas from dozens of principals, districts and community councils to push back the opening date, and, finally, provoked the threat of a teachers’ strike. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the United Federation of Teachers eventually agreed to a delayed reopening, buying teachers about a week of planning time for what in most schools will be a mix of in-person and online education.

New York’s size and density make its challenges unusual,

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Algeria’s lessons from The Plague in the age of coronavirus

Laveta Brigham

The Plague has been flying off bookshop shelves worldwide
The Plague has been flying off bookshop shelves worldwide

The Mediterranean city of Oran was the setting for a famous fictional outbreak of bubonic plague in Algeria under French colonial rule. The BBC’s Lucy Ash finds parallels between Albert Camus’ novel The Plague and how the country is coping with the coronavirus pandemic amid political upheaval.

Although it was published 73 years ago, today The Plague almost feels like a news bulletin. It has been flying off bookshop shelves around the world as readers struggle to make sense of the global spread of Covid-19.

Sitting in his office in the Mohamed-Boudiaf Hospital, where many of Oran’s coronavirus cases are treated, Professor Salah Lellou says he is exhausted.

Quote box. Prof Salah Lellou:
Quote box. Prof Salah Lellou: “There was a parallel between coronavirus and Camus’s plague. People started to blame the authorities”

An expert on tuberculosis in Algeria’s second city, he’s been working flat out

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10 fat loss lessons a personal trainer learned throughout her 8-year fitness journey

Laveta Brigham

Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now. 

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Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now.
  • Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer, former bikini competitor, and influencer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • She has been on a “rollercoaster” fitness journey, through fad diets, extreme cardio, over-restriction, and bingeing, and her weight has fluctuated by 22 pounds as a result.

  • Mack is now “all about being healthy, balanced, and happy,” she told Insider.

  • In a YouTube video, she highlighted the 10 main lessons she wishes she’d known when setting out on her fitness journey eight years ago.

  • Mack explained each lesson — like how quick weight loss fixes never work, and you can’t spot reduce fat — to Insider

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who inspires her 141,000 Instagram followers with her workouts, recipes, and healthy fat loss tips.

The 26-year-old

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6 Great Recession lessons that still apply

Laveta Brigham

The Great Recession demolished jobs across the U.S., and it eventually came for mine, too. After graduating in 2009, I worked four months as an entry-level executive assistant at a nonprofit before being laid off.

I had limited financial knowledge, a short work history and a lot to prove to break into the field of journalism, my ultimate goal. Along the way, I picked up valuable lessons that might help you manage your finances during the coronavirus-related recession.

1. SAVE WHAT YOU CAN

My short work history disqualified me from receiving unemployment benefits, so I relied on my savings account. Even a small emergency fund of $500 can prevent you from falling into debt, and I had socked away enough to cover a few months of expenses.

If you’re still employed, “pay yourself first,” said Samuel Deane, a financial planner at Deane Financial in New York. “Even if it’s $20

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7 lead generation lessons we learned by creating a Facebook quiz

Laveta Brigham

Did you know we have an online event about digital marketing coming up? Join the Re:Brand track at TNW2020 to explore the latest brand marketing tech, trends, and challenges. Alex Antolino, the Creative Director at Typeform, will be sharing powerful branding insights and actionable strategies on how to build meaningful brands that lead to business growth.

“Dogfooding.” What’s that all about?

The first time I heard that term was last year when we, the Marketing team, were planning for the quarter. We had a company goal of promoting lead generation through quizzes, a popular use of our product. So to better understand the opportunities and pains of other marketers, we decided to go through the process ourselves. Hence, eating our own dog food.

So we created a quiz on marketing trends in 2020. You can give it a go here:

The lead gen part comes in at the end. The

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Pandemic delivers first crisis lessons to Southeast Asia’s Grab

Laveta Brigham

By Aradhana Aravindan and Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak, Anthony Tan, the CEO of Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing firm, recalls how he mistook the infection to be a China-only problem, similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003.

As COVID-19 turned into a pandemic, sending markets into a tailspin, the 38-year-old sought advice from titans among his investors including Softbank’s Masayoshi Son and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

The message was clear. No one knew how long the crisis would last or how deep it would be. Tan, who co-founded Grab in 2012 with fellow Harvard Business School alumni Tan Hooi Lin, learnt he had to set thresholds and make decisive moves, even if they were unpopular.

“There’s no more debate, it’s just execution,” he said.

In June, the Singapore-based company laid off around 360 employees, just under 5% of its headcount, after

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Miami public schools return to online learning. What lessons were learned from spring?

Laveta Brigham

Reopening Miami-Dade public schools began as a game of “ifs.”

If positive cases trend downward for 14 days. If testing for asymptomatic minors becomes widely available and expeditious. If at least 25% of a school’s student body opts to stay home, then the rest can go to the schoolhouse.

But as students, parents and teachers approach the first day of school — now Aug. 31 for Miami-Dade — there is finally more clarity on what school will look like. School will be remote and online until at least Oct. 5.

For at least a dozen districts around the state, including Miami-Dade, even the first day of school became another “if.” Start dates have been pushed back and some districts have conceded that virtual learning will take place for the first few weeks. Miami-Dade pushed its first day of school from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 and then to Aug. 31

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Students among first to return offer lessons for reopening schools

Laveta Brigham

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Abigail Alexander shuffled through a stack of papers, trying to find instructions for logging in to her school-issued laptop. 

The 10-year-old chatted with her best friend, a fellow fifth grader, about who is in their classes this year at Head Middle Magnet Prep and what period they have a specific teacher.

Their conversation Tuesday sounded like a typical one between excited, anxious students on the first day at a new school – except this year is like no other.

Abigail was seated in the dining room of her North Nashville home while her two younger foster siblings played around the table. Her friend was on FaceTime, the phone propped up against the side of Abigail’s laptop.

The girls are among more than 86,000 Nashville students who started the school year virtually while their schools remained closed during the the coronavirus outbreak.

Two states away in Indiana, where 

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Jamie Nordstrom on COVID Lessons Learned, Doubling Down on Digital + 20 More Hot Topics

Laveta Brigham

FN’s first virtual summit, “The Way Ahead,” continued this afternoon with a candid conversation between Jamie Nordstrom, the president of stores for Nordstrom Inc., and FN Editorial Director Michael Atmore.

Here are edited excerpts from the session, which focused on the department store’s increased focus on culture and service during the coronavirus era and the future of the physical store. The leaders also discussed how Nordstrom is moving quickly to capitalize on digital momentum and accelerate the growth of curbside pickup and returns as well as digital shopping appointments.

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Big lessons learned during coronavirus:

“We’ve come together as a team and had to learn a new way of working. In some ways, there are advantages to this. There are people on my team I talk to a lot more now than when we were in the office together. I have five screens in front of

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Lessons from a Robinhood Trader’s Suicide

Laveta Brigham

As an advocate for young adults prudently beginning their investing journey as soon as possible, I’ve found it difficult to shake this recent story: A young man from Illinois took his own life less than 24 hours after checking his Robinhood account and seeing a negative cash balance of over $730,000. 

For those who might not know, Robinhood is an online trading and investing platform that has become incredibly popular in recent years for the movement it sparked in the brokerage industry toward commission-free trading. The service boasts more than 13 million users with an average age of 31. Almost every incumbent broker must now offer this feature, lest they be unable to compete effectively against lower-cost peers.  

But this story isn’t just about Robinhood. In recent years, several Robinhood alternatives have sprouted up offering similar functionality for the same cost and often induce investors to sign up with

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