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  • 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
  • Why we're prioritizing SEL this year

    Four educators write that additional supports are a necessity for students and their families this year to proactively address pandemic stress and trauma.

    Chrysantha Norwood, Shane Blandford, Scott Hangey and Mike Hoffman • Sept. 8, 2021
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    It's now or never: Let's use this investment opportunity to create a new US education system

    An SEL expert suggests bolstering the approach in schools in partnership with students, families and communities is crucial to systemic change.

    Karen Niemi • Sept. 2, 2021
  • Access to meals must be a priority in the return to school

    An estimated one in six children across the nation could struggle with hunger as they re-enter the classroom.

    Jillien Meier • Aug. 30, 2021
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    We need to address students' trauma heading into the next school year

    A former Chicago principal writes that more nuanced and complex challenges require preparation to provide emotional support for student success. 

    Liz Dozier • Aug. 25, 2021
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    Ensuring federal K-12 aid is more than a stopgap relief effort

    The head of the National Association of Energy Service Companies urges the use of relief funds to modernize infrastructure for efficiency.

    Timothy Unruh • July 29, 2021
  • How universal meals nourish all students and transform citywide wellness

    Two school nutrition services directors write that school meal policies provide an opportunity to close prominent, long-standing equity gaps.

    Laura Benavidez and Jennifer LeBarre • July 23, 2021
  • School mental health supports are a pathway to equity

    The Jed Foundation's director of high school implementation writes school mental health work must include a focus on systemic change.

    Wenimo Okoya • June 21, 2021
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    Early childhood must be overhauled to improve pay, career pathways

    A senior researcher at the Wellesley Centers for Women writes a new approach to early childhood is needed to attract and retain workers.

    Wendy Wagner Robeson • June 14, 2021
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    Schools must provide assessments to see where students stand after pandemic

    The superintendent of San Antonio ISD writes that exams are more crucial than ever to target supports and help students gain lost ground.

    Pedro Martinez • June 8, 2021
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    To meaningfully address learning loss, schools must use federal funds to reform education

    A former chief academic officer for Delaware writes that achieving long-term results from relief funding will require a comprehensive rethinking of how school works.

    Michael Watson • May 27, 2021
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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