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Learning From Home

Annie Spratt
With schools now being out for a few weeks, educators, students and parents are settling into a new normal.

Schools are scrambling to figure out how to teach their students from afar.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe and her guests talk about education in the age of COVID-19. Nebbe speaks with Linn-Mar high school teacher Steve Meeker about his experiences with online teaching. Mark McDermott of the University of Iowa has some advice for parents trying to find enrichment activities for their children and retired elementary school counselor Jane Balvanz provides understanding for the the social and emotional needs of students.


  • Grant Gerlock, IPR reporter
  • Steve Meeker, science teacher at Linn-Mar High School
  • Mark McDermott, science education at the University of Iowa
  • Jane Balvanz, co-founder: A Way Through, LLC & Global Alliance for Preventing Relational Aggression (GAPRA)


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa