For Missouri’s third-largest school district, fall re-opening plans centered on getting things back to “normal” for its 21,000 students, arming teachers for success across multiple learning scenarios, and putting processes in place to mitigate risk for students, staff, and families—and to put them at ease. “To ensure a smooth semester amid threats that spiking cases…

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Amid crisis, how do does a school district identify and enact opportunities for change? This question has been front-and-center for Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington, since March. “A lot of people talk about the fact we have dual pandemics. There’s COVID-19, and then there’s systemic racism,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. Highline certainly isn’t alone…

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The pandemic has set back learning for all students, but especially for students of color. Evidence-based acceleration approaches can help. Educators, parents, and students know firsthand the high cost of this prolonged period of remote learning, from rising rates of depression and anxiety to the loss of student learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an…

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November 18, 2020

Missing: Millions of students

Powell High School Principal Chad Smith has knocked on at least 20 doors since the school year began, searching for kids missing virtual classes at his school. Nearly 30 percent of his students chose virtual learning this fall, and that includes the school’s most at-risk teens. Figuring out what’s getting in the way of their…

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From the pressure put on first responders to the demands placed on essential workers, COVID-19 upended professional norms across all industries — especially education. Last spring, teachers had to retrofit in-person curricula for a virtual environment and adopt new approaches for teaching students from afar. Then came fall, with the question of whether buildings would…

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Seven urban California school districts, including the state’s four largest, have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to adopt and pay for more stringent, uniform health and safety requirements they say should be in place before bringing students back to school during the pandemic. None of the districts plans to bring students back to regular classes…

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Parents, teachers and school administrators who want to know how students are doing academically during the pandemic will have another report card to turn to this year. As school districts continue to grapple with distance learning and campus reopenings, the California State Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a modified and shortened…

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Students at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School in East Los Angeles are learning at one-and-a-half to two times the pace of their grade-level peers, based on their state standardized (CAASPP) test scores for the last three years compared to the average for the state. But the CDE has labeled Ochoa a “low performer,” based…

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