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5 ways teachers can connect with students during COVID-19

Here are the top lessons learned about the need for human connections in education, especially during a pandemic.

Platform reveals trends in student mental health, behavior during school closures

Prolonged school closures have triggered a mental health crisis among our youth. How one company is helping schools get out in front of danger and better support students in peril.

Opinion: Well-being pods benefit children

Well-being pods support student physical, social-emotional and academic health, says education expert Henry Brzycki. See how.

Distance learning and special education during COVID-19

How a Mississippi teacher is reaching -- and teaching -- elementary students with special needs, remotely.

Experts discuss education issues, programs

“Testing is not learning,” says musician and actor Steven Van Zandt. The importance of arts education, effective school policing and other takeaways from this year’s Education Writers Association National Seminar.

5 new benefits of online learning in rural areas

Rural schools face their own challenges -- and online learning can help to solve them. 

4 ways to make up for lost time with students

We can’t regain time that was lost but we can move forward responsibly and creatively. Four strategies to help inform your game plan.

Addressing students’ social, emotional and behavioral stress -- not trauma -- when they return to school

Student trauma is a top concern for many educators this fall. But are the concerns warranted? Psychologist Howie Knoff offers insights.

Preparing for uncertainty

It’s a time of uncertainty for all. Here’s how you can get your teachers and staff -- and yourselves! -- ready for it.

Special education and online learning: What you need to know

Some claim that online instruction won’t work for students with special needs -- but one California teacher makes it work.

How to redesign accelerated math programs for middle school students

Six strategies to help middle schools and school districts craft coursework and course placement policies for accelerated math programs.

Why it’s time to rethink the high school curriculum

A new hybrid educational model aims to overhaul the way we think of -- and deliver -- high-school education.

Speech recognition in education: The powers and perils

There is a lot of potential in emergent technologies like voice tech, virtual assistants and artificial intelligence in the classroom to unearth new insights about a child’s language and reading development -- and translate it into outcomes.

The single most important outreach tool for school reopening

Clear, consistent communication will be key to successful reopening plans. Here are four steps to consider as you craft your communication strategies.

The unknown

This fall brings with it several uncertainties. And yet, there are steps educators can take to make this trip into the unknown more a voyage of discovery than a path of regret. Here are three.