The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools to report certain postsecondary data publicly -- to the extent possible -- but states are interpreting that guidance differently. For example, 32 states include college-enrollment rates on school report cards, and 16 of these states break down data by student subgroup.
A rapid, forced shift to remote learning can limit human connection and curb collaboration -- but it doesn't have to, according to National Board Certified Teacher Paul France. In this blog post, France shares three strategies to help humanize digital learning, such as establishing opportunities for dialogue and encouraging self-reflection by students.
Teachers at a Texas middle school have been assembling materials for remote education to keep students engaged through the school's coronavirus-related closure, which is scheduled to end May 4 unless it is extended. Teachers say these materials involve a range of media, including video lectures, slide decks, and immersive "web quest" websites highlighting study materials, such as a graphic novel that tells the story of explorers Lewis and Clark.
The rapid shift to remote learning has revealed three key concerns that need to be resolved, writes Torrey Trust, an associate professor of learning technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this commentary, she shares concerns over accessibility, the digital divide as well as privacy and student data.
Every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education, have received waivers from the US Department of Education from statewide testing this year. The department will send formal waiver approval notices to the states.
Special-education teachers dealing with school closures are working to provide instruction and support to students who have a variety of learning needs. Suggestions from educators include starting with phone calls to students' homes to help align learning plans with available resources, and working with families to determine which IEP goals may be achievable in a home environment.
David Greenslade, an artist, teacher and writer, writes that he spent the first decade of his career as a teacher developing and using a "serious voice." In this blog post, he shares how he adjusted his approach to classroom management to focus more on empathy and communicating with students about how their actions make him feel.
During prolonged closures, many school buildings are being used to provide emergency child care for health care workers. However, school districts say the unbudgeted costs of sanitizing the facilities and other expenses are starting to add up -- with some estimating it could cost some districts millions of dollars.
About nine out of 10 students worldwide are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to UNESCO. Research from past crises -- such as the prolonged closure of schools in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina -- show it can take years for students to recover from the loss of a few months of learning while also taking a physical and emotional toll on their health.
Andrea Albrecht, who teaches high-school students with hearing impairments and other disabilities, is adapting instruction for remote learning by using video chat and sign language to work with students individually. Albrecht said she spent her spring break researching online resources to help with teaching groups of students with different abilities.
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