The nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning and several other organizations have released guidance to help schools meet the social and emotional needs of students as they return to school after prolonged closures. The guidance includes strategies to build relationships with families, support teachers and students, and make data-informed curriculum decisions.
Schools will look different when the school year resumes, with precautions taken to ensure students can be physically distant in the classroom. Raechel French, educational planner with DLR Group, says to expect more moveable furniture, for example, including whiteboards and desks.
Positive coronavirus tests of students and staff have halted summer athletic training in school districts in about half of states in the US. The findings come as districts are crafting plans to safely reopen schools in the fall.
About 200 K-12 educators recently learned about the history of the White House, including the lives of its occupants and staff, during a five-day online course by the White House Historical Association. Colleen Shogan, senior vice president of the organization, says the course included a presentation about slavery and the construction and operations of the Washington, D.C., mansion.
Disruption caused by the coronavirus has led many colleges and universities to make admission exams, such as the ACT and SAT, optional for applicants. To fill that void, some may consider adopting "holistic admissions," which could rely, at least in part, on algorithms gleaned from mobile games and other sources designed to gauge students' potential or hidden skills.
Staggered schedules in which groups of students attend school in person a few days each week could slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a report for the Pennsylvania Department of Education published by the US Department of Education's research arm. The analysis, which focused on Pennsylvania schools, could have broader applications as districts in the nation weigh potential options to safely reopen their schools.
Colleges looking to reopen this fall are putting in place policies to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus, yet it is unclear how they will enforce the rules. It's especially difficult to control students' actions off campus and many don't expect social distancing to work.
Employer demand for skilled workers may be driving higher enrollment at an Illinois community college, particularly in electrical, industrial maintenance and HVAC programs. John Wood Community College officials say they routinely meet with industry leaders to shape workforce programs to meet the needs of the business community and students.
Debate coach John Ng constructs his online discussions with students by first appointing one of the students as group facilitator so the students take charge of the talk. He expects formal research on the topic to be done before the discussion starts, or if that isn't possible, he allows 10 minutes at the beginning for students to research the topic.
The group Men of Color in Educational Leadership issued a four-point plan for education leaders to help address racism and increase opportunities for Black students, writes Harrison Peters, who is superintendent of Providence Public School District and co-founder of MCEL. The plan calls on education leaders to take actions such as elevating more Black leaders into decision-making roles, retaining more Black teachers, and fostering an anti-racist school culture.
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