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7/30/2021

Dedicated buses, car seats, child care and emotional support help along a path to graduation for 140 sixth- through 12th-grade students at Lincoln Park School in Brownsville, Texas, who are pregnant or young mothers. In this interview, Principal Dawn Hall explains how the school provides stability the students often don't have at home and how the school has managed the program during the pandemic.

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The Hechinger Report
7/29/2021

Only 1.5% of public school students in Maryland have signed up for online classes this fall, according to figures the Maryland State Board of Education released Tuesday. Twenty-two school districts have arranged for an online option, but some may cancel the programs if enrollment is lacking, according to Carol Williamson, the state's deputy state superintendent for teaching and learning.

7/29/2021

The Illinois State Board of Education is following the CDC's lead, recommending in a tweet that students and staff wear face masks indoors at schools to reduce the spread of the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant. "School boards that choose not to implement public health guidance are putting their students and staff at risk and should consult with their insurers as to potential liability," state board spokesperson Januari Trader says.

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Chalkbeat
7/28/2021

First- through sixth-grade students ended the previous school year on average five months behind in math and four months behind in reading, according to an analysis released Tuesday by McKinsey. A separate study released Wednesday by NWEA found students on average were 3 to 6 percentile points behind in reading and between 8 and 12 points behind in math -- with the steepest declines seen among younger students.

7/28/2021

Thirteen communities representing 52 schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 2019 were awarded grant money to create a Portrait of a Graduate project to outline the skills students need to be best prepared for college and careers. Schools work with stakeholders such as parents, students, businesses and other community members to develop and execute their vision and goals.

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K-12 Dive
7/28/2021

Data in Minnesota shows that interest in private schools has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. At Hill-Murray School, a Catholic school in Maplewood that was one of the first in the state to reopen to in-person learning last August, President Melissa Dan says the school saw increased demand with some grades reaching capacity.

7/28/2021

Jim Dillon, a long-time educator and educational consultant for Measurement Incorporated, shares two anecdotes in this blog post: one in which a student, who is bullied, believes that harassment is part of the school environment and another who thinks school is a place of learning where students prepare for a successful future. Dillon explains that the coronavirus pandemic offers educators an opportunity to examine which environment their students experience.

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SmartBrief/Education
7/28/2021

Amid an ongoing teacher shortage, the Peoria Public School District in Illinois this year hired teachers from the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Cameroon for three- to five-year cultural-exchange stints, Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says. A Frontline Education survey finds that teacher shortages are affecting 60% to 75% of US school districts.

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CNN
7/28/2021

Tim Murphy, as a teenager, had an "awakening of faith" that led him to pursue becoming a priest and then a Catholic-school educator -- a position he held for 38 years. Murphy says the key to being a good teacher is to be a lifelong student.

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Tim Murphy
7/27/2021

When you receive another job offer, it is important to deliver the news to your employer in a positive and appropriate manner. If this is done correctly, you could receive a counteroffer at a higher salary to stay.