There is no "right" way to adopt remote instruction, according to a study from Bellwether Education Partners and Teach For America. Its review of 12 schools revealed several best practices, including innovative instruction, support for students with special needs and a focus on social and emotional learning.
Sixteen school districts in the US have been victims of cyberattacks since late July. Before the coronavirus pandemic, ransomware already was increasingly targeting education, says Doug Levin, a cybersecurity expert who runs EdTech Strategies, adding that "cybercriminals have been getting more savvy about how to target school districts."
Widespread adoption of remote instruction could lead to a "paradigm shift" in traditional school attendance models, says Hedy Chang, who directs Attendance Works. Chang cautions against a punitive approach to attendance, and Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction for Ohio, says he is advising districts to determine whether students are making academic progress and to allow for flexibility.
With remote learning underway in many districts, students are spending an increasing amount of time online, asserts Megan Collins, a former teacher and current educational consultant. In this commentary, Collins advises how teachers can speak with students about their online habits and work to use technology in deliberate ways.
There are 230 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 students in the US and 490 cases per 100,000 staff members, according to the new COVID-19 School Response Dashboard. The dashboard, created by several education organizations, compiles data reported voluntarily by K-12 public, private and charter schools in 47 states.
Ohio high-school math teacher Chuck DeRee is teaching in a hybrid environment and says that it is a challenge to find creative ways to engage students online. Recently, he noticed a telephone pole near his house and he quickly began crafting YouTube videos that explore the geometry and trigonometry of its relation to the surrounding environment.
Puyallup School District in Washington is including kindergarten students in a program designed by a teacher, administrator and counselor that merges dual-language immersion with K-3 outdoor STEM experiences. "Having the STEM lessons in Spanish will enrich [students] in learning a new language and also help them build a strong foundation in their native language," counselor Eduardo Nunez says.
A math education resource kit created by Education Trust-West is intended to help bridge the achievement gap among Latinx, Black and multilingual middle-school students and their white peers, which has increased since the spring. Resources include suggestions for supporting student development and tying English-language learning to lessons.
To mark the school year's theme of resilience, students at Hahira Middle School in Georgia read the short story "Sweet, Difficult Sounds" by I.M. Desta and connected the concept to a variety of subjects. For example, engineering technology students looked at resilient structures, while computer science students explored the concept in relation to debugging computer code.
Hundreds of thousands of high-school students registered to take the SAT in September and October will be unable to do so because of limited capacity and the closure of testing centers. In response, the College Board is asking colleges to push back deadlines to submit SAT scores and not penalize students who were unable to take the SAT because of the pandemic.
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