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    Alternative assessment approaches can boost creativity, educators' insights into student learning

    Van Andel Institute for Education Director Terra Tarango shares five alternative approaches educators can use to move beyond pencil-and-paper.

    Terra Tarango • May 26, 2021
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    School districts must learn from history, not repeat it

    A former superintendent writes that understanding a crisis like Hurricane Katrina can help schools build back better from COVID-19.

    Robert Avossa • May 18, 2021
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    School safety should begin with proactive measures

    A former director of the U.S. Secret Service urges a focus on mental health, social-emotional wellbeing and recognizing early warning signs.

    Mark Sullivan • May 11, 2021
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    Our financial literacy gap is a systemic problem: Let's treat it that way

    Corporate allies can help school communities take action and make financial literacy a core value for underserved students, two nonprofit leaders write. 

    Demi Ross and Charles Walker • May 5, 2021
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    Why we can't drop the ball on ed tech now

    A nonprofit executive writes that technology is an essential tool that can be a great equalizer for students — especially those with disabilities.

    Brad Turner • April 28, 2021
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    Closing the enrichment gap matters now more than ever

    Officials from The Primary School detail how the pandemic has widened the gap in available learning opportunities beyond core curriculum.

    Meredith Liu and Vida Amanat • April 21, 2021
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    The implications of testing flexibility on measuring student growth and learning trends

    Former state officials from South Dakota and North Carolina write ed leaders and policymakers must understand the promise and limits of flexible options.

    Melody Schopp and Angela Quick • April 16, 2021
  • Social-emotional learning is essential to 'build back better'

    The CEOs of CASEL and Urban Assembly write that the crises of the past year drive home the importance of SEL in preparing students for the future.

    Karen Niemi and David Adams • April 12, 2021
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    As schools reopen, prioritizing student mental health can prevent 'twin-demic'

    A professor and psychologist writes that the mental health needs of teens and young adults are critical, and that educators remain best-positioned to identify warning signs of self-harm and suicide.

    Scott Poland • March 25, 2021
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    5 strategies for ensuring educator professional development is 'all-in'

    Ken Wallace, an Illinois district superintendent, shares tactics for developing and maintaining effective adult learning programs for educators.

    Ken Wallace • Feb. 10, 2021
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    4 questions to ask when committing to equity and anti-racism in schools

    The tough considerations that lead to real and meaningful change begin with understanding your "why," two K-12 leaders write.

    Henry Turner and Lainie Rowell • Feb. 3, 2021
  • Supporting states and schools must take priority over costly standardized testing

    Learning Disabilities Association of America board members suggest ensuring the continuation of high-quality learning may require a testing pause.

    Monica McHale-Small, Bev Johns and Collin Diedrich • Jan. 8, 2021
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    How COVID-19 is affecting students with visual impairments and their educators

    Among teachers who had visually impaired students taking classes alongside sighted peers, 85% said at least one student had an accessibility issue.

    L. Penny Rosenblum • Nov. 25, 2020
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    From vampires to viruses: Helping students understand exponential growth

    University of Oxford Professor Marcus Du Sautoy offers easy to digest ways to explain exponential growth and the math behind viral spread.

    Marcus du Sautoy • Sept. 16, 2020
  • It's time to rethink how schools use data to implement social and emotional learning

    A director at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning shares how data is informing best practices in three partner districts.

    Ally Skoog-Hoffman • Sept. 15, 2020
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    USDA makes right move to mitigate food insecurity with lunch program extension

    Free school meals are a critical lifeline for low-income children and build a healthier nation long-term, the president of nonprofit National Grange writes.

    Betsy Huber • Sept. 10, 2020
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    For safety's sake, if schools must reopen, do the following at a minimum

    A high school teacher and Yale University researcher urge great caution in reopening, recommending a long list of minimum COVID-19 safety standards.

    Gerard Bossard and Douglas Rothman • Sept. 3, 2020
  • Distance learning isn't a panacea for educating kids

    The executive director of a Midwest education research organization urges caution in embracing for-profit virtual education providers.

    Gretchen Dziadosz • Sept. 2, 2020
  • Take it outside: Advocating for outdoor classrooms to address COVID-19 and the myopia epidemic

    An optometrist writes that one in three students now suffers from myopia, setting the stage for a public health crisis with further vision problems.

    Dr. Gary Gerber • Aug. 26, 2020
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    3 ways to build online class culture

    A teacher at an online-only school says connecting with students through video, email and phone has empowered her to create meaningful relationships that encourage students' success. 

    Andrea Teske • Aug. 19, 2020
  • Data clarity in K-12 education more important than ever

    A Philadelphia administrator and a philanthropic program director write that instability caused by COVID-19 raises new questions about what's most important to measure and how to communicate results.

    Elliot Weinbaum and Joy Lesnick • Aug. 18, 2020
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    Funding for school facility improvements a requirement for safe reopening

    Officials from four organizations call for Congress to allocate $10 billion for repairs and $25 million for technical assistance on ventilation and air quality.

    Elizabeth Beardsley, Scott Brown, Mary Filardo and David Terry • Aug. 13, 2020
  • 10 postsecondary student readiness questions to consider amid coronavirus

    Numerous contextual factors will influence how rising juniors and seniors think about their futures and the support needed from their schools, write a school administrator and technology provider.

    Joe Belsterling and Herb Monroe • July 20, 2020
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    COVID-19 offers students 'extraordinarily powerful lesson' in caring for others

    A middle school English teacher writes students are up to the task of embracing safety measures for the sake of the broader community.

    Caitlin Logan • July 17, 2020
  • 3 superintendents share remote learning, back-to-school prep strategies

    Three superintendents discuss the role of technology in supporting students' — and staff members' — mental well-being during at-home learning.

    Susan Enfield, Tom Leonard and Michael Muñoz • June 25, 2020