An Oregon school district is using devices adopted by the NFL, MLB and NBA to track close contacts and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Students wear lanyards with the devices, which acknowledge when they are within 6 feet of another device and records that information.
Several school districts in Minnesota that moved to later start times for middle- and high-school students saw an increase in student GPAs, according to a working paper to be presented to the American Educational Research Association. Other studies have shown physical and emotional benefits of later school start times, but few have made a connection to better achievement, researchers noted.
Reading a single book as a group helped all staff members at a Nebraska elementary school come together and share a common language, participants say. Educators say the book -- "Daring to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts" by Brene Brown -- has helped them before and during the coronavirus pandemic, with one teacher saying the book has helped her feel less nervous about asking hard questions.
Minnesota high-school teacher Kara Cisco responded quickly to the death of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist killed Sunday by a white police officer during a traffic stop not far from her school. Cisco, the state's Social Studies Teacher of the Year, took to social media to share her ninth-grade lesson plan on "Justice for Daunte Wright and the Red Summer of 1919," which details what is known about Wright and his death, and compares current events to those of 1919, during the Spanish flu pandemic and when racial tensions were high in the US.
Five STEM academies -- one at the elementary level and four at the middle-school level -- are scheduled to open this fall in the Lewisville Independent School District in Texas. The programs will cover topics such as engineering in addition to the standard curriculum, and eighth-graders will be permitted to replace physical education class with an elective of their choice.
Ninth-grade students who take fewer courses are more likely to be on track to graduate, according to data from Stand for Children's Center for High School Success. In this opinion piece, the center's Kaaren Andrews and Habib Bangura describe the benefits of a "4x4" schedule, in which students take fewer classes, but the classes are longer.
The American Federation of Teachers now supports CDC guidance that reduces social distancing guidance to 3 feet from 6 feet. Randi Weingarten, the union's president, says the CDC responded to its questions, and assured the group that the new guidance includes continued additional mitigation strategies to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The NCAA Board of Governors has issued a statement in support of transgender student-athletes and indicated it would pull its collegiate sports events from states with discriminatory laws. Its statement said all student-athletes should "be treated with dignity and respect" and that it will choose championship sites that are "safe, healthy and free of discrimination."
A cracked smartphone screen provides great fodder for real-life math lessons on the cost of repair versus the cost of replacement in Wisconsin math teacher Sara Shefchik's class. Gathering data and calculating solutions grounds the math in a real-life subject and engages students, Shefchik says in this interview.
Everyone is looking to understand all the implications a year of cancelled in-person learning will have on educators, students, and families. A recent Household Pulse Survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau reported that by Fall 2020, 1.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling. That change represents a doubling of U.S. households that were homeschooling at the start of the 2020-21 school year compared to the prior year. In response to this, district-owned homeschooling creates an opportunity for districts and parents to partner for individualized learning by providing resources and curricula for families.
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