Education stories Austin-area readers should know

Read five education-related stories that are a part of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Texas coverage.

Leander ISD asks teachers to ‘be mindful’ when making remote learning lesson plans

Although Leander ISD students have been distance learning since March 26, teachers began instructing new material April 6.

The recommended time for distance learning, as compared to traditional classroom learning, has been scaled back considerably, according to LISD. Concerns about screen time, particularly with elementary students, and about the general social and economic stress created by coronavirus concerns prompted LISD officials to scale back the scope of education.

Pflugerville Education Foundation launches community drive to raise $10,000 for low income families in need

In response to that community need, the Pflugerville Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support PfISD’s educational goals, on April 9 launched a new initiative to raise $10,000 to provide meals and other essential items to district families in need.

Search for new Lake Travis ISD superintendent delayed due to COVID-19

Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster announced in a live broadcast April 9 that the search process for his replacement will experience a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dripping Springs ISD engineering program makes 3-D printed face shields for the medical community

Jad Jadeja, a Dripping Springs High School engineering teacher, said his goal is to prepare students to hit the ground running when real-life applications of their learning come into play—and during the coronavirus pandemic, they have done exactly that. Jadeja and several of his students are using 3-D printers to produce face shields—clear coverings used in addition to nose and mouth masks that prevent splatter from coughs as health care professionals treat infected patients.

Georgetown High School teacher 3D-prints 500 face shields for Williamson County health care workers

Robert Thomas, the facilitator of the Eagle Innovation Center at Georgetown High School, is working to custom face shields to help protect front-line workers in Williamson County using the center's 3D laser cutter machine, a news release said.

Brian Perdue, Iain Oldman, Amy Rae Dadamo, Olivia Aldridge and Ali Linan contributed to this report.