Deep Dive: Page 2

Industry insights from our journalists

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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
  • State school superintendents discuss the modernization of education after the pandemic while speaking at the Council of Chief State School Officers' Annual Policy Forum  Nov. 10.
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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
  • Students in Premont Independent School District in Premont, Texas, including those with disabilities, have the option of attending in person classes.
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    Rubric for Recovery: Tightening budgets, litigation add to pandemic special ed pressures

    Dedicated in-person sessions and group interventions have been among districts' strategies for additional supports amid remote learning challenges.

    Kara Arundel • Nov. 4, 2020
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    Rubric for Recovery: How schools are educating marginalized students during COVID-19

    In a four-part series, we explore the challenges districts face teaching at-risk groups in-person and online, and how they are creatively addressing them. 

    Nov. 3, 2020
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    Rubric for Recovery: For rural communities, it's all-hands-on-deck to help low-income students

    With some families so remote they lack access to reliable connections, rural schools have reached students with lessons on USB drives and more.

    Naaz Modan • Nov. 3, 2020
  • Nisha Patel, an EL teacher at Lew Wallace School 107 in Indianapolis, Indiana, leads a class.
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    Rubric for Recovery: ELs face more hurdles amid lost in-person learning

    Schools are employing extra English development courses, individualized support delivered to students' sidewalks and more to maintain progress.

    Kara Arundel • Nov. 2, 2020
  • EPA proposal would mandate lead testing in 20% of K-12 schools, child care centers

    The rule would be the first major change to the agency's Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, and could reduce childhood harm from contaminated water.

    Kara Arundel • Oct. 27, 2020
  • 4 ways to weave 100 years of women's suffrage into curricula

    As November marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, current events offer learning opportunities ahead of this year's election.

    Lauren Barack • Oct. 14, 2020
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    Ed leaders say finances, politics remain hurdles in COVID-19 response

    An Ed Dive: K-12 survey finds administrators nationwide meeting essential needs, but fatigued by limited resources and inconsistent messaging.

    Roger Riddell • Oct. 12, 2020
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    How schools are navigating privacy concerns in COVID-19 contact tracing

    The spread of tech solutions and politicization of the virus creates murky territory where one administrator says, "You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't."

    Natalie Gross • Oct. 5, 2020
  • Students in Premont Independent School District in Premont, Texas, including those with disabilities, have the option of attending in person classes.
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    How the pandemic is shifting school comms strategies for English learners

    Amid the pandemic transition to virtual models, districts have evolved their approaches to ensure ELL students and families remain engaged and informed.

    Katie Navarra • Sept. 17, 2020
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    Presentation and choice fuel accessibility — in-person or remote

    Being mindful of resource design also contributes to inclusive spaces that promote the success of all students.

    Lauren Barack • Sept. 9, 2020