T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in action

How are schools and educational nonprofits responding to the unprecedented disruptions caused by COVID-19? In “Reflections on the New Normal,” several members of the T.D. Jakes Foundation Think Tank offer their insights on how schools, organizations, teachers and parents can support students, now and in the future.

As we adjust to life in the “new normal,” most of us are missing out on simple things we usually take for granted: dinner with friends and family, sports, concerts, movies. For me, one of hardest parts of social distancing was missing out on spending Mother’s Day with my mom, sisters and their families. I recently shared my reflections and gratitude on how my own mother has inspired me throughout my life in a blog post.

Are you a displaced worker looking for job opportunities? We’ve compiled job opportunities in essential sectors such as grocery and drug stores and restaurants, along with remote opportunities in technology. Find them here.

Owning a business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. Click here to learn more about the resources available to small-business owners.

Life post-COVID-19

For its third live virtual event, Axios hosted “The Education Puzzle: Jobs of the Future in Recovery,” featuring discussions with Steve Case, CEO and Chairman of Revolution and Co-founder of AOL; Teach for America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard; and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Guests spoke about the brain drain, strategies to turn crisis into opportunity and making long-term investments to shrink the educational divide between the haves and have nots.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, telehealth is becoming more widespread. Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and member of the T.D. Jakes Foundation Think Tank, authored a paper on what we can do to position telehealth as an important aspect of healthcare delivery in a post-COVID-19 healthcare system. Read the paper here.

Exploring the digital divide

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the online access gap in rural communities. In its On Tech newsletter, A New York Times reporter explains how internet providers are overreporting where their service reaches by identifying all homes within a census area as having fast internet even if only one home actually has it.

Despite the government spending billions of dollars to close the digital divide, the problem persists. A Forbes contributor identifies three policies that can help close the digital divide: allow cities to provide their own broadband, expand and reform the Lifeline program and provide tax breaks for businesses that pay for their employees’ broadband.

Education assistance and information

Struggling with student loan payments due to COVID-19 job losses? Private lenders are offering various options for relief, including a three-month forbearance program, rate reductions and interest-only repayments, among others. Learn what some of your options are here.

Dallas schools are closed for the rest of the spring semester. But what happens in the fall? Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the district is planning for three scenarios, which include: opening on August 17 under normal conditions for in-school learning, continuing with the at-home learning model and opening with a blended model that combines some form of in-school and at-home learning. Read more here.

A Dallas Morning News editorial argues that the Dallas Independent School District should start the fall semester early to help students left behind or otherwise unable to make meaningful educational gains due to mass school closures.

Together, we can and will get through this.

Hattie Hill
President & CEO
T.D. Jakes Foundation


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