Principals in Brevard Public Schools in Florida tell about the people who inspired them to become leaders. They share some of the lessons those individuals taught them, and some comment on the ways those lessons influence them in their leadership roles.
Xavier Educational Academy in Houston is offering more flexible attendance requirements this year to help safeguard student and staff health. Students are allowed to log in from home or attend face-to-face as they see fit, and the system is working so well that the school may continue offering the remote option even after the pandemic.
Some online class sizes have increased during remote learning, with teachers reporting as many as 60 students in one class. Chin-Hsi Lin of the University of Hong Kong says there is no "one-size-fits-all" class size but recommends that online classes be about the same as teachers would have when teaching in person.
State school report cards need more data on equity, but grades have become more meaningful and comprehensible, according to the Data Quality Campaign's fourth "Show Me the Data" report. Among the report's findings, four more states, for a total of 43, now provide student growth data, but 25 states do not provide complete details on teachers' credentials.
A diverse classroom library can connect the classroom to the real world, writes fourth-grade teacher Jaren Maynard, who offers suggestions for incorporating culturally inclusive texts into the curriculum. Maynard's ideas include adding these texts to the lineup for read-alouds and suggests planning for and allowing time for difficult conversations that can affirm students and help them affirm their peers.
The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to amend its guidelines for reopening schools by adding a fourth category to its guidelines for school operation. The board also removed a recommendation that schools transition to fully remote learning for its highest-risk category, instead allowing districts and schools more latitude to remain open, but recommending enhanced safety measures.
There are several available resources to help develop students' news literacy skills, writes Kimberly Rues, a prekindergarten-to-sixth-grade librarian in Missouri. In this commentary, Rues discusses the News Literacy Project and Stanford History Education Group Civic Online Reasoning Curriculum, which can help students think critically about the news they consume online.
About 75% of educators report that students who learn live online are required to keep cameras on if they have them, according to a survey by the Education Week Research Center. This comes despite concerns from some teachers that the requirement could put some students at a disadvantage, including lower-income students who may not want their classmates and teacher to see their homes or those with lower bandwidth.
Research suggests that teacher evaluations done primarily via classroom observations can make teachers more cautious, limit their growth and reduce their chances of taking positive risks, writes Craig Randall, a former educator and author of a book on the topic. Observations can yield better results if school leaders build trust through such practices as asking reflective questions and pointing out strengths for a period of time before offering suggestions, Randall advises.
About 150 Catholic schools have closed since the coronavirus emerged, according to the National Catholic Educational Association, but spokeswoman Margaret Kaplow said many others are seeing higher enrollment and demand because of their adoption of in-person learning. As many as 85% of Catholic schools are offering daily on-campus instruction, Kaplow said.
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