Students in Kern County, Calif., will be able to see stories in the Books in Motion program in which texts are choreographed and narrated in a digital format. The performances are of books for K-3 students, who can also receive a free book and crafting kits at library locations.
Budget cuts to education during the previous recession worsened academic outcomes for students, particularly students from lower-income households and those who are Black and Latino, according to a report published in Education Next. Data shows that for every $1,000 a school district's budget declined by, test scores in math and reading were reduced by 1.6 percentage points, with a 6 percentage-point gap between white students and their Black and Latino peers.
As educators prepare to welcome prekindergarten and kindergarten students to what will be an uncertain and challenging school year, Katy Phinney, pre-K program director in Richardson Independent School District in Texas, says one focus will be to ensure the experience is not traumatic for "our littlest learners." Phinney suggests several ways to stay physically -- but not emotionally -- distant, such as using visuals and wearing face coverings with clear windows, so students can see teachers' facial expressions.
Engaging students in self-assessment is a "win-win," according to principal and National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt offers tips for adopting "tap out" -- a method of helping students gauge their own progress -- and writes that about half of the students in her school can now predict their own scores "with a reasonable degree of accuracy."
Rooted School in New Orleans is studying whether paying $50 a week to 10 members of the class of 2021 could help improve outcomes for students. The high school is partnering with 4.0 Schools on the "micro-pilot" program, which 4.0 Schools' CEO Hassan Hassan says aims to determine if the funds can help ease some stresses for students and their families.
The graphic organizer may be a standard to analyze text, but it may be less useful in certain situations, writes Sunday Cummins, a consultant, author and former teacher. In this article, Cummings shares when to skip the organizer and options such as letting students come up with their own organizer and using "prove it" conversations to support deeper learning.
Young people are being encouraged to become poll workers in the November election, particularly students studying law and civics, to gain hands-on experience and to serve in place on older people who have opted out because of health risks posed by the coronavirus. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has been recruiting 17-year-old students in an attempt to ensure adequate staffing of polling places.
With remote instruction likely to continue into the fall in many areas, officials should close the connectivity gap that plagued distance learning in the spring, asserts Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, and John King Jr., former US education secretary and current president and CEO of The Education Trust. In this commentary, they call for adjusting the federal E-rate program to support all students during virtual learning.
Marie Moon, a sixth-grade teacher in South Carolina, breaks down what has worked at her school during remote learning for students with special needs. She emphasizes academic and emotional support, quick and continuous communication, consistent office hours and daily check-ins with students.
Sal Khan, CEO of online learning platform Khan Academy, says that a digital environment cannot fully replace the value of some in-person learning. In an interview, Khan says that he has “huge concerns” about the shift to fully online curriculum on such a large scale this fall.