Online Learning

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    From physical to digital to social: The evolution of the classroom

    Engagement and interaction now underpin the way our children are taught. From the environment, to the content to the technology that enables it, is designed to support social learning.

    March 7, 2022
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    Envisioning student success as independent study and virtual learning programs grow

    The COVID-19 pandemic triggered greater awareness and interest in alternative educational environments.

    Feb. 28, 2022
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    Creating community-based learning in a blended environment

    Three steps to create blended learning opportunities that integrate the community into teaching.

    Jan. 24, 2022
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    4 realizations that will help schools close learning gaps

    Smarthinking online tutors provide a pathway for a brighter future. For over 25 years, our network of expert tutors has helped learners reach their full potential.  

    Oct. 25, 2021
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    Envisioning the new normal: A story of optimism in education

    A discussion on how the education system  continuously adapts to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Aug. 23, 2021
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    Rebound! A focus on 1 critical need: rebuilding student agency

    To successfully bounce back and "rebound," one area to focus our attention is rebuilding student agency.

    By Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, Corwin • May 24, 2021
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    Reading gaps widen in mid-year data, especially for K-1 students of color

    Compared to last year, the percentage of students on-track decreased from 55% to 37% for kindergartners, and from 58% to 43% for 1st-graders, according to data in a new report.

    By Feb. 25, 2021
  • Decisions to stop or start in-person K-12 learning aren't getting easier

    As COVID-19 surges, school leaders are pivoting weekly to address disrupted schedules. Here's how they're navigating uncharted waters.

    By 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.

    By Lauren Barack • Nov. 18, 2020
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    How to use a workshop model for full lessons, not just individual skills

    The learning approach shares many characteristics with project-based learning and gives more hands-on experiences to students, educators say.

    By Lauren Barack • Nov. 18, 2020
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    Can SpaceX satellite tech bridge the homework gap?

    Looking to solve an ongoing remote hurdle experienced by many schools, a Texas district is piloting the company's Starlink tech to provide high-speed home internet to rural students and teachers.

    By Nov. 18, 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.

    By Natalie Gross • Nov. 12, 2020
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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.

    By Nov. 4, 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.

    By Nov. 3, 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: 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.

    By Nov. 2, 2020
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    How are educators keeping young students engaged online?

    Physical activity such as nature walks and creating a connection with parents and enlisting their involvement are two keys to success, educators say.

    By Lauren Barack • Oct. 28, 2020
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    How deeply will digital learning transform K-12 long term?

    While pandemic shifts to remote learning set the stage for significant change, a variety of factors will determine how far and fast it goes, a new report shows.

    By Oct. 22, 2020
  • Flexible backup plans keep online learning going through illness, outages

    Planning ahead for the unexpected provides entry points to put students and substitutes at ease in the event of unexpected disruptions.

    By Lauren Barack • Oct. 21, 2020
  • 3 COVID-19 education trends set to persist post-pandemic

    While the coronavirus has caused hardships, some K-12 practices born from the virus have the potential to enhance outcomes and school operations.

    By Oct. 19, 2020
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    Project-based learning can be more engaging, but remote spaces provide challenges

    One curriculum designer suggests providing office hours and collaboration rooms are among keys to remote PBL success.

    By Lauren Barack • Oct. 14, 2020
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    Hotlines fill tech, homework help gaps for teachers, parents during distance ed

    One state's department of education partnered with a local nonprofit to provide these resources statewide.

    By Shawna De La Rosa • Oct. 13, 2020
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    State ed chiefs rethinking accountability during COVID-19

    Using old models is a "bridge too far" for 2020-21, one expert said, and an unprecedented year could mean performance and goal expectations overhauls.

    By Oct. 7, 2020
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    IEPs altered to reflect distance learning service changes, but at cost to schools

    Special educators say they are burdened with more paperwork and seek more guidance on replicating in-person services to distance learning formats.

    By Oct. 6, 2020
  • The play must go on: Moving arts ed forward during COVID-19

    Schools are limited in ways to support performing arts instruction and stage events, but educators and associations have found ways to adapt opportunities in-person and online.

    By Lauren Barack • Sept. 22, 2020