Marc Brackett, a professor at Yale University and the director of its Center for Emotional Intelligence, says teaching social and emotional learning is critical during this time of uncertainty. Some teachers are supporting SEL remotely, including by sending daily notes, conducting morning meetings to build community and doing frequent check-ins.
This is a challenging time for students and staff, writes Rita Platt, a principal in Wisconsin. In this blog post, she offers several strategies to help lead through this crisis and support the school community, including recognizing that change will be constant and focusing on core values.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed racial and class divides in our education system, asserts Katya Fels Smyth, founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative. In this commentary, she suggests ways to promote equity during this time of crisis and beyond, including distributing necessary hardware to every teacher and student in the US and ensuring they have access to broadband.
Seventh-grade math teacher Morgan Stipe was already using Google Classroom and students were able to smoothly and quickly transition to online learning. She says students reviewed operations with rational numbers during their first full week at home and she plans to move on to angle measures and equations next.
The coronavirus outbreak is affording some students the opportunity for a break from the stress of school as data show about one in three adolescents has an anxiety disorder.
In this opinion article, Lenore Skenazy and Peter Gray, of the nonprofit Let Grow, write that this "course correction" is not as anyone would have wanted it but say it offers students a chance to do their assignment: "Do something new, on your own, without your parents."
Educator and author Colin Seale says now is the time to rethink strategies on how to recover lost educational gains, including extending the school year and keeping some of the technology being used to teach remotely. Seale, the founder and CEO of thinkLaw, also suggests that education leaders prioritize high-school readiness to help get students up to speed to reduce the number of students who fail ninth grade.
The recently approved coronavirus stimulus package includes about $13.5 billion for education -- compared with the $115 billion in the stimulus package approved in 2009. However, the new stimulus offers greater flexibility in how it is spent.
Schools in general have shifted away from using expulsion to discipline students, but disparities still remain, according to data from the Institute of Education Sciences. Data shows that while fewer schools with higher percentages of students of color allow expulsion, a higher percentage of those schools implement it.
The sudden shift to online instruction has many teachers using digital platforms to read aloud to students, but is the practice legal? In most cases, it is allowed under fair-use statutes, but there are a few instances when teachers should consider potential copyright complications, such as establishing a free YouTube channel for reading aloud when that reading is not directly related to instruction.
Edmodo and Flipgrid are two useful tools for teachers to use while working remotely to support students' social and emotional needs, according to National Board Certified Teacher Marilyn Pryle. In this article, Pryle shares specifics of how she is using the tools, which she says she also used prior to school closures and work seamlessly with Google Classroom.
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