#tellEWA Member Stories (June 3-June 10)

Here’s what we’re reading by EWA members this week.

The isolation and stress of the COVID-19 era is harming young childrens’ brain development during a crucial development period, experts say. USA Today’s Alia Wong digs deep into the troubling trend for her EWA Reporting Fellowship project.

Writing for City Limits in New York City, Gail Robinson explores efforts to restore arts education classes that had been devastated by budget cuts, and expand programs for the Big Apple’s high-need public school students.


In a new investigation, Tara Garcia Mathewson of The Hechinger Report outlined the surprising number of states that allow corporal punishment, and found children as young as kindergarten were being paddled for misbehaving.

“It leaves you breathless, it’s just a punch in the gut,” Ramon Benevides, Texas’ 2022 Teacher of the Year said about the emotional impact of the Uvalde school shooting. Arthur Jones II of ABC News talked with educators about how the violence and aftermath is impacting their mental health.

After another rough school year of pandemic-related challenges and a surge in bad student behavior, some California teachers are calling it quits, reports Diana Lambert of EdSource.

Also on the burnout front in the Golden State, health care workers are quitting in  droves and several colleges and universities are stepping up with programs to help, write JoliAmour DuBose-Morris and Colleen Murphy of Cal Matters. 

For the past two years, the Detroit Free Press’ David Jesse has made regular visits to Alma College, tracking how the pandemic forced the small liberal arts campus to reinvent itself — and rethink many of its priorities, programs, and services.

“I taught journalism, but it was also like, how can I mother? How can I treat these like my own children? How would I want them to be seen in the classroom? And that’s how I behaved.” For The 74, Marianna McMurdock profiles reporter-turned-teacher S. Renee Mitchell, who helps Oregon students navigate emotional trauma through art therapy.