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    Connecting accessibility, third-party curriculum and student success

    School districts must carefully vet digital resources to ensure IDEA compliance, two learning accessibility advocates write.

    Mary Rice and Raymond Rose • March 16, 2022
  • How the pandemic made social-emotional learning more accessible

    These skills are essential for managing emotions, problem solving and building relationships, an expert writes in honor of International SEL Day.

    Katari Coleman • March 11, 2022
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    Food crisis in school cafeterias is a wake-up call for the USDA

    A former U.S. education secretary and a San Francisco district nutrition leader make the case for universal meals and greater school food support.

    Arne Duncan and Jennifer LeBarre • March 4, 2022
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    Improving school air quality is crucial to student health

    A Mayo Clinic professor and the leader of an Austin, Texas, prep academy write that cleaner air in buildings is a cause that should have broad support.

    Mark Ereth and Barbara Garza • March 1, 2022
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    From isolation to connection: New possibilities for learning during and after the pandemic

    A district leader suggests nine questions to help guide students from a generation isolated and learning virtually to one connected and engaged.

    Ari Gerzon-Kessler • March 1, 2022
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    From public health to personal finance, statistical literacy is essential for careers and everyday life

    Two academics write that the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of equipping students with the ability to assess data.

    Anna Bargagliotti and Hollylynne S. Lee • Feb. 22, 2022
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    COVID-19 relief plans don't reflect needs of English learners — it's not too late to change that

    An English-learner policy analyst writes that time and thoughtfulness in spending are critical to ensuring underserved groups' needs are met now and in the future.

    Leslie Villegas • Feb. 17, 2022
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    Early college can be a second chance for struggling students

    Dual enrollment offers a way for postsecondary education to stop replicating inequality. But programs must be built for students from more backgrounds.

    Karen A. Stout and Nick Mathern • Feb. 11, 2022
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    On heels of Bloomberg commitment, Black and brown-led charter schools are key

    The head of a national charter organization argues public charters are the fastest, best route to improve education for students and communities of color.

    Naomi Shelton • Jan. 28, 2022
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    3 inclusive education myths busted

    A district assistive technology specialist writes that removing barriers for diverse students requires overcoming pervasive narratives in learning.

    Jamie Maier • Jan. 6, 2022
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    4 areas of focus to drive the future of education

    With education at a crossroads, one expert writes that it's imperative to "keep driving" to expand educational access and opportunity.

    Christopher Thomas • Dec. 21, 2021
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    The issue of school redesign: 'If not now, when?'

    The growing burdens facing schools demand a rethinking of how school is designed from the ground up.

    Daniel A. Domenech and Jeff Wetzler • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Video empowers self-reflection, personalization in professional development

    An instructional coach writes that reviewing recordings of themselves can allow teachers to see things they often don’t recall from that moment.

    Donna Spangler • Dec. 10, 2021
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    Turning school boards into partisan battlegrounds benefits no one

    Communities need to set higher expectations for school boards while equipping those elected to meet them, according to two veteran board members.

    Ethan Ashley and Carrie Douglass • Nov. 30, 2021
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    Pandemic-era civil rights data essential to inform special education equity

    The upcoming Civil Rights Data Collection will provide a key foundation for understanding the pandemic's impact on these students.

    Lauren Morando Rhim • Nov. 24, 2021
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    'Great Resignation' underscores need for access to career exploration and work-based opportunities

    Hands-on exposure and focus on essential soft skills are needed to produce a generation better prepared for and fulfilled by work, two experts write.

    J.D. LaRock and Jean Eddy • Nov. 16, 2021
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    Relationships, resources must become a focus in learning to address mental health crisis

    With the American Academy of Pediatrics declaring a national mental health emergency, is it time to consider expanding the "3 Rs" of education?

    Joan Wasser Gish • Nov. 10, 2021
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    A call for civility in K-12 education

    The heads of the nation's school principal associations write educators must advocate for a collective recommitment to civility in schools and communities.

    Ronn Nozoe and Earl Franks • Nov. 5, 2021
  • 4 ways prioritizing digital literacy improves in-person learning

    An educational integration specialist writes educators must embrace new ed tech tools to fully reap innovations and efficiencies in post-pandemic learning.

    Sylvia R. Quigley • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Don't let education windfall be a flash in the pan

    A former South Dakota education secretary details the need for data collection and monitoring for schools' pandemic responses and future challenges.

    Melody Schopp • Oct. 26, 2021
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    Anti-racism and equity in schools is empirical, not ideological

    It is school leaders' responsibility to ask what the "balanced perspective" is when it comes to racial equity, two district communications specialists write.

    April Callen and Jenni Kotting • Oct. 21, 2021
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    What College Board learned from one of the nation's largest-ever online exam deployments

    The nonprofit adapted during a year of disrupted learning to preserve opportunities for 1.8 million students who opted to complete AP exams online.

    Jeremy Singer • Oct. 12, 2021
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    5 critical best practices for concise, engaging school communications

    A district communications official writes that educators must remember school is one commitment out of many for busy families, and simplicity is often key.

    Marci McFadden • Oct. 4, 2021
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    Equity is only possible with quality information

    Nevada's state superintendent writes that using data, including assessments, to support student success is critical to ensuring equal learning opportunities.

    Jhone Ebert • Sept. 29, 2021
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    How a Texas school managed classroom chaos

    An assistant principal shares how school-home communications were all the more crucial as students were ping-ponged between learning models.

    Sarah Norman • Sept. 23, 2021