Recurring gun violence in Montgomery, Ala., is traumatizing to youths and goes beyond the individual to affecting classrooms and entire communities, says school social worker Sakia Dixon. Advocates and experts say that adults need to recognize how trauma manifests in youths -- rather than attributing issues to behavioral problems -- and normalize mental health care while making it more accessible.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a tentative agreement with the union for a shortened school day on campus and guidelines for remote learning. Some educators say the plan fails to consider issues affecting students with the lowest rates of engagement.
Some school districts are using time and resources this summer to train teachers to administer lessons online as some schools prepare to start the school year virtually. Richard Ferdig, an education technology researcher at Kent State University, says teachers in these districts perform well, while teachers without access to such training will be at a disadvantage.
Disruptions in special education caused by school closures during the pandemic have led to adaptions in preparations for fall, and some teachers and school officials are expecting a smoother process than spring. In California, a new state law includes provisions for Individualized Education Programs to detail distance learning services.
Cousins Shane Sterling, who cannot hear in one ear and was raised by parents who are deaf, and Keisean Garnier held the top two spots in their graduating class this year in Louisiana. They credit their family bond and support from parents and teachers for their success.
BBC journalists Ella Wills and Hazel Shearing are advocating for poetry following news that the genre can be dropped from next year's English and literature exams in England. They share seven reasons to "not give up on poetry," including that it exposes students to other cultures and the opportunity to express their own feelings.
The Stanislaus County Library in California is finding different ways to serve patrons amid the pandemic. Digital library cards can be used to reserve books and videos for curbside pickup while library staff are conducting Facebook storytimes to keep young students engaged with books.
Parents and teachers may worry that remote learning will be harmful to students' emotional growth, but psychologist Dr. Robert J. Jann Sr. says there are ways to make up for the loss. Jann suggests that the key is nurturing students during the coronavirus pandemic by helping them feel competent, lovable and trustworthy.
Latino students comprise the majority of the incoming University of California freshman class for the first time in school history. Students Daniela Castillo and Mariana Benitez Arreola say they are nervous but excited about the upcoming school year and ready to take on whatever challenges that come along.
English-language learners face various challenges, but there are several strategies educators can use to help close language and achievement gaps, suggests Natasha Chenowith, a former French and English-as-a-second-language teacher. In this blog post, Chenowith shares six tips, including adopting a differentiated and balanced approach, cultivating a safe learning environment, and encouraging students to participate and collaborate.