School segregation by income is worsening in the US, according to research by Sean Reardon, a sociologist at Stanford University. Reardon asserts that efforts to develop "high-quality schools at scale under conditions of concentrated poverty" have been ineffective, so the "implication is that you have got to address segregation."
Some school districts are preparing to reopen for at least some in-person instruction in the fall, while others are structuring 100% remote experiences for students who may have medical or other reasons to stay home. Options include assigning students to teachers who are working from home, livestream classrooms or full-time online schools.
National surveys of teachers, parents, students and others reveal obstacles of prolonged remote instruction. Among them are inequities that put Black and Hispanic students at a disadvantage and diminished engagement among all students.
While the interactions may look different, it is possible for new teachers to continue being mentored virtually, according to Amie Weinberg, teacher-mentor program director. In this blog post, she shares six strategies for distance mentoring, including maintaining a consistent schedule and meeting in real time.
The University of Cambridge is launching the Accelerate Program for Scientific Discovery initiative to train researchers in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The program is being funded with a grant from the foundation of billionaires Eric and Wendy Schmidt.
Fewer than half of K-12 students in the US are learning about cybersecurity, according to a survey by the nonprofit Education Week Research Center of 912 teachers in 50 states and Washington, D.C. Kevin Nolten, academic outreach director for the nonprofit Cyber.org, which commissioned the survey, said the findings highlight potential challenges for the future of the country's cybersecurity workforce.
EdReports is adding to its evaluations by rating materials on accessibility and compatibility during remote learning. Courtney Allison, EdReports' chief academic officer, says the resource, which reviews curricula against Common Core State Standards, is intended to help schools and educators choose materials that will work in remote and hybrid teaching environments.
Providing equitable access is an essential part of "future-proofing" school libraries, writes Suzi Tonini, librarian and collection development supervisor for Denver Public Schools. Encouraging the use of digital databases for student research and updating materials to include e-books and audio books are two ways to help accomplish this, she writes.
A high-school student in New Jersey designed and is producing rings depicting the symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement. After posting a video of the ring on Tik Tok, she has been flooded with orders, with all proceeds going to support the effort.
Libraries coping with pandemic-related restrictions are quarantining books, moving events online, ensuring that their Wi-Fi reaches their parking lot-situated patrons and looking at when they can reopen fully. Inside, they're setting up computer workstations with social distancing in mind and planning to clean those workstations after each use.