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Past Community Conversations

June 2, 2020

What might K-12 education look like in the fall?

Wednesday, May 6  |  Noon-1:00 p.m. CDT

The abrupt switch from in-classroom learning to remote learning this spring magnified educational disparities here in San Antonio. As our K-12 school district leaders and teachers contemplate the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, many questions remain about what our schools will look like when they (hopefully) re-open in four months. UTSA’s education experts will offer insights into the many considerations faced by San Antonio’s superintendents, teachers, parents and students as they anticipate how best to adapt to new ways of learning in a COVID-19 world.  

Discussion topics:
»  The benefits and limits of distance learning
»  Addressing San Antonio’s digital divide
»  What does quality remote learning look like? 
»  Long-term impacts of a disrupted semester
»  Struggles with online learning and mental health impact on students and families
»  The pandemic’s financial impact to our public schools
»  Teacher preparation for new modes of learning
»  Implications for K -12 students and their postsecondary educational dreams

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Beating COVID-19: How Close Are We?

Wednesday, April 29  |  Noon-1:00 p.m. CDT

Many of our nation’s top scientific minds are focused on developing solutions to combat COVID-19, including several UTSA faculty actively working to develop predictive models, drug therapies and vaccines. Join us for this thought-provoking dialogue with UTSA scholars on the front-lines of COVID-19 research. 

Discussion topics:
»  Using models to understand epidemics 

»  The latest updates on vaccine and drug research 
»  What we don’t yet know about COVID-19 
»  How access to health services affects COVID-19’s impact on populations 
»  Common causes for virus spread in San Antonio  
»  Considerations regarding resuming big events, such as Fiesta and sports competitions

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The Pandemic’s Economic Impact on San Antonio

Wednesday, April 22  |  Noon-1:00 p.m. CDT

Join us for the first in a series of interactive dialogues with UTSA’s leading faculty experts as they share their insights and research on COVID-19.

Our panel will explore the potential economic impact of the pandemic, with a particular focus on San Antonio’s recovery and implications for our city’s future. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A with experts as we dig further into forecasting San Antonio in a post-pandemic world.

»  Short and long-term effects on Texas revenue sources
»  Implications and challenges for small business owners
»  Building San Antonio’s workforce for a new era
»  The intersections of economic and public policy concerns
»  Potential impacts on health care, tax policies and education

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