It’s been an exciting week at MissingSchool. Last Friday, as part of Australia’s celebration of World Teachers Day (27 October), we launched the landmark National Insights for Education Directories (NIEDs) to the world!
NIEDs is a gateway to providing families and educators with essential on-demand information about health impacts on students’ school outcomes to keep learning and wellbeing alive from anywhere. NIEDs represents the culmination of a decade of work at MissingSchool, supporting students with complex health conditions, and gathering information across the spectrum of school education, support systems, and healthcare.
“NIEDs is a gamechanger at the intersection of health and education putting reliable and actionable information in the hands of the widest support team for students facing complex health challenges.”
What is NIEDs?
NIEDs is a groundbreaking one-stop digital hub. Importantly, it is designed to empower parents, carers and teachers with trustworthy just-in-time linkages, information and resources about health impacts on students’ connection to school, and what needs to happen to keep them connected.
NIEDs will unlock unique data, covering everything from teacher and parent insights to education system information contained in easily searchable digital directories of:
- 500+ medical, health, mental health, and support service organisations
- Australia’s public, independent, and faith-based schools; and
- Over 4,000 qualitative quotes and insights from parents and teachers
- Shout out to HeartKids for answering the call, by becoming the first organisation to sign up to the NIEDs directory and kick off an alliance of support for students with complex conditions.
We’re counting on some of Australia’s leading health condition support organisations to follow their lead before World Children’s Day on 20 November.
As a gamechanger at the intersection of health and education, NIEDs is expected to put reliable and actionable information in the hands of the widest support team for students facing complex health challenges.
The goal is to prioritise the learning and wellbeing journeys of these students alongside their peers by supporting their families and teachers at the point of pressing need.
Knowledge is indeed power… and so is presence. Telepresence is part of the picture.
Just as schools provide wheelchair ramps, they can also adopt synchronous telepresence technology to offer students with medical absences continuity of classroom access, consistent curriculum, equality of opportunity, and learning alongside peers. Telepresence enables teachers to teach lessons once. Telepresence cures absence.
Don’t just take our word for it – check out NIEDs for yourself. You can sign up today!
None of our work would be possible without our connection to our community. NIEDs is built on the work of each and every one of you, and it would be impossible for us to stay the course without your incredible support.
There are many ways to help:
- follow along and cheer us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
- share this newsletter with your family, friends, or colleagues so we can reach more sick kids, and
- donate towards getting a seriously sick child back into their classroom.
Every action moves us closer to the finish line: a world where every sick child is seen and heard.
Let’s keep connecting.