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    Being Black in Education: Where is the system going wrong?

    Evidence demonstrates Black leaders can strengthen achievement and culture — if they get the chance.

    Naaz Modan and Julia Himmel • Dec. 1, 2021
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    Gifted education's future requires more diversity, inclusion and access

    Commitments to more equitable gifted programs are changing mindsets, identification practices and services, but teacher training remains challenging.

    Kara Arundel • Nov. 4, 2021
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    3 ways educators are addressing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in curriculum

    From using a poem written by the U.S. poet laureate at the time as a springboard for discussion to engaging the community, resources are plentiful.

    Lauren Barack • Sept. 1, 2021
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    Threat assessments: Preventing school violence or creating student trauma?

    The school safety approach is used to evaluate a student’s potential to cause school violence, but critics say the practice is discriminatory and harmful.

    Kara Arundel • Aug. 10, 2021
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    Using the Olympics to bring STEM excitement into classrooms

    The Summer and Winter Olympic Games can add real-world context and relevance to a variety of science and engineering lessons.

    Lauren Barack • July 7, 2021
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    Why having too many or too few special education students matters

    With a predicted rise in the number of referrals, schools should have tiered supports in place and monitor for inappropriate identifications.

    Kara Arundel • June 1, 2021
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    Weaving anti-bias and equity into curricula begins with self-reflection

    Through professional development and other avenues, educators can root out their own biases to support culturally responsive approaches to learning.

    Lauren Barack • May 26, 2021
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    Decoding the Divide: How COVID-19 thrust a long-widening digital gap into the spotlight

    The pandemic forced emergency investment to connect all students to digital learning opportunities, but holes remain in access and training.

    Roger Riddell • May 25, 2021
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    Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education

    Virtual learning led to stronger school-family partnerships, but some students with disabilities couldn't access individualized services from home.

    Kara Arundel • May 25, 2021
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    Decoding the Divide: 29M disconnected households remain an 'unknown known'

    Students who fell into the digital divide were especially impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. Many still lack access due to affordability or infrastructure gaps.

    Naaz Modan • May 25, 2021
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    Decoding the Divide: Closing the digital gap rests on effective policies, practices

    Educators seek sustainable and reliable solutions to make internet access a permanent part of education on school grounds and in students' homes.

    Kara Arundel • May 25, 2021
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    How to weave real-world phenomena into science lessons

    From vaccine development to climate change, these examples can help students find relevance in what they're studying.

    Lauren Barack • April 21, 2021
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    8 ways a year of dueling crises is shaping the future of K-12 schools

    The impacts of a pandemic disrupting school from the ground up and the nation's reckoning with systemic racism will be felt for years to come.

    Roger Riddell, Kara Arundel and Naaz Modan • March 10, 2021
  • Proactive approaches help districts avoid COVID-19 special ed litigation

    Despite challenges, districts have worked to communicate effectively with parents, document efforts and use early dispute resolution approaches throughout the pandemic.

    Kara Arundel • Feb. 10, 2021
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    Districts brace for pandemic-related special ed litigation

    As the COVID-19 crisis persists, school districts nationwide are increasingly vulnerable to challenges under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    Kara Arundel • Feb. 10, 2021
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    An Inauguration Day like few before it provides ample curricular topics

    The event provides a variety of opportunities for educators to tap into the ceremony, the language and the role of politics around the event.

    Lauren Barack • Jan. 13, 2021
  • 4 ways schools use video game design to spark interest in computer science

    Districts can hook students with existing enthusiasm, helping them build technical and soft skills while also broadening STEM diversity.

    Lauren Barack • Dec. 9, 2020
  • How schools are navigating meal logistics during pandemic

    Where students have returned to in-person learning, entire processes have been overhauled — from the lunchroom to the classroom.

    Katie Navarra • Dec. 1, 2020
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    What role will schools play in COVID-19 vaccine distribution?

    While schools have been "very active" in vaccinations during prior epidemics, they now face increased polarization and other concerns.

    Natalie Gross • Nov. 25, 2020
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    4 ways COVID-19 could alter long-term curricular approaches

    From the times and places learning occurs to what schools look like, pandemic shifts to education are unlikely to revert, experts say.

    Lauren Barack • Nov. 18, 2020
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    3 ways K-12 schools can evolve post-pandemic

    With COVID-19 creating a scenario where "things a year ago that seemed impossible are not," educators and advocates see a system ripe for change.

    Kara Arundel • Nov. 17, 2020
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    School communities largely embrace masks despite lawsuits

    Among lawsuit claims are that students asked to attend virtual learning for not following mask rules are subjected to a "separate and unequal" education.

    Kara Arundel • Nov. 12, 2020
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    'Relationships matter': Remote learning places new hurdles in fight against chronic absenteeism

    Schools are employing a variety of tactics — including coaches, phone calls and dance parties at lunch — to boost attendance in virtual environments, but defining students' "presence" remains a challenge.

    Natalie Gross • Nov. 12, 2020
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    What do leading K-12 organizations expect from a Biden presidency?

    Feelings are mixed, but hope remains as to how much Joe Biden may be able to impact areas like IDEA, COVID-19 relief for schools and civil rights.

    Naaz Modan and Kara Arundel • Nov. 11, 2020
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    Rubric for Recovery: Low-income students of color at edge of widening opportunity gap

    Schools are improving engagement in part by understanding student apprehensions to being on camera and limiting unnecessary assignments.

    Naaz Modan • Nov. 5, 2020