Teaching is already challenging enough without a pandemic shaking up how the classroom operates. As schools reopen, many districts are focused on keeping their staff and students safe from COVID-19. But the pandemic is also taking a toll on teachers’ mental health. 

EVPL Offering Help for Students, Teachers

Sep 15, 2020

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library says it’s offering more help for students and teachers during this challenging school year. 

Many schools in Indiana are working to provide some sort of in-person instruction to students as they reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some school leaders say a shortage of teachers could force them to once again move students online.

Recent protests against racism and police brutality are prompting more people to talk about racial justice and equity, and advocates say those efforts have to include teachers in Indiana.

All Indiana teachers collectively won the 2021 Teacher of the Year in recognition of the challenges each face during the pandemic, the state education department said Tuesday.

For more than 60 years the Indiana Department of Education picked a single educator to recognize as teacher of the year. Those who won, showed excellence in the classroom and went above and beyond to help their students.

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says all teachers have done that and more in response to school building closures and the pandemic.