In Newark, a different approach to combating learning loss

Focusing on social issues and how to solve them — and learning how to podcast

Friday marks the end of the first Summer Learning Week in New Jersey, dedicated to making up for academic and summer learning loss, all of which were made worse by the pandemic, and for a lot of students nearly an entire year of remote instruction.

The United Way of Greater Newark, which has partnered with Newark Public Schools, is giving grants to several programs. One of the lessons in a program organized by the Gem Project was on how to create a podcast, but not just any podcast. The goal, according to Amanda Ebokosia, founder and CEO of the Gem Project, was “to really take [students] through understanding how to address inequities through media, by using podcasting.”

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