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When Hospitals Decline Available N95s, Company Gives Non-Healthcare Organizations Access to Buy

Aug 25, 2020 2:08:01 PM by Staff Writer

SALEM, Mass. – KnowAtom, an organization known for K-8 science curriculum and lab supplies, offered N95s to hospitals who politely declined, citing brand loyalty and 'plenty available.' KnowAtom now hopes the NIOSH approved respirators that hospitals declined will help others.

N95s are the gold standard for respiratory protection, filtering hazardous airborne particles.

Until now, they have mainly been reserved for medical environments because they are designed to protect a wearer against tiny droplets that can carry COVID19 called aerosols, produced when people breathe. 

N95s don't act like a spaghetti-strainer. They are constructed of non-woven fibers with an electrostatic charge that captures ultra-small particles, making them a powerful tool against airborne viruses like aerosolized COVID.  

Unlike a cough or sneeze, aerosols float much longer and further. Research indicates they're able to be pushed by fans and pumped by HVAC systems well beyond 6-foot social distances.

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Leaders Agree: Forget Memorization When It Comes to the Value of School

Dec 20, 2018 12:06:18 PM by Sara Goodman

Engaging students in meaningful tasks and pedagogy needs to take center stage within classrooms, Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley told a conference of close to 300 K-8 educators earlier this month, hosted by KnowAtom

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Topics: School Climate and Culture, Next Generation Science, Next Generation Leadership, Phenomena-Based Learning, STEM Education Policy

Science Curriculum Links Top-Performing Schools

Dec 20, 2018 11:36:01 AM by Sara Goodman

Two KnowAtom schools lead Massachusetts in science scoring on the 2018 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), according to the most recent data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The J. T. Hood Elementary School and L.D. Batchelder Elementary School were two of only four schools in Massachusetts with more than 90 percent of its students scoring “Advanced” or “Proficient” on the most recent statewide science standards-based assessment.

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Topics: New Standardized Testing, Next Generation Assessments, Next Generation Science Classroom Instruction, Phenomena-Based Learning, Teaching in 3 Dimensions

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