Tag: distance learning

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping. See more national education news here

| March 23, 2021
The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping. See more national education news here

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic?

The superintendent in Lincoln, Nebraska, says a district survey this past fall found that 10% of parents liked remote learning – pandemic or not. Nationally, nearly a third of parents say they are likely to choose virtual instruction indefinitely for their children, according to a February NPR/Ipsos poll.

While the end of the pandemic is likely still months off, the White House has called for most K-8 schools to reopen by May, with in-person instruction at least one day a week, prolonging the possibility of distance learning.

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Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

| February 16, 2021
Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

Multiple school districts in southern Arizona plan on bringing students back to campus in the coming months, as parents call for in-person learning options and COVID-19 metrics improve.

This week, southern Arizona’s largest school district, Tucson Unified, announced students could return to campuses starting March 24. TUSD stands out among Tucson school districts for so far remaining in remote instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

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Rural Schools Struggling Virtually Push Return to Classroom. See more national education news here

| January 26, 2021
Rural Schools Struggling Virtually Push Return to Classroom. See more national education news here

Andy and Amy Jo Hellenbrand live on a little farm in south-central Wisconsin where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats, bunnies, and their four children, ages 5 to 12.

That has put a strain on the family, as well as the children’s grades and grammar.

“I definitely feel like they’re falling behind,” said Amy Jo Hellenbrand. “You just notice certain things as far as their language and how they talk. You’re constantly correcting them.”

As the first full semester for U.S. schools during the pandemic comes to an end, education experts and parents alike are concerned about its effects on children’s academic progress. From the Mexican border to the Upper Midwest, Oregon to Virginia and on Native American reservations across the West, that anxiety is magnified in rural areas, which are far less likely to have access to high-speed or even consistent internet in a time of extensive virtual schooling

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Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

| January 12, 2021
Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

Education is still the top issue for Arizona voters, according to a poll from Expect More Arizona.

Statewide, 28% of 600 likely voters surveyed said education was their top issue, followed by health care and the economy and jobs. Education has surfaced as the top issue for six consecutive years.

Digging further into what education issues are important to people, 26% said a general lack of funding for schools topped the list, and 17% said teacher pay and support for teachers was most important.

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Nation’s Report Card Results Show Reading Scores Fall Among High School Seniors. See more national education news here

| November 3, 2020
Nation’s Report Card Results Show Reading Scores Fall Among High School Seniors. See more national education news here

American high schoolers are approaching graduation with less of a grasp on reading and still-low math scores – and that’s before factoring in the pandemic.

The average reading score for high school seniors dropped between 2015 and 2019, while math scores for those soon-to-be-graduates remained flat, according to the latest round of national test results released Wednesday.

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Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes. See more state education news here

| September 15, 2020
Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes. See more state education news here

Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning, despite tribes’ opposition to the plan in the face of COVID-19 health concerns.

When the BIE released its “Return to Learn!” plan in late August, it was “in effect doubling down on the very position that drew strong criticism from Indian Country in early August,” said Joe Garcia, co-chair of an education subcommittee for the National Congress of American Indians.

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Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis. See more national education news here

| September 1, 2020
Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis. See more national education news here

The calls started at 6 a.m., and Patrick McCauley was ready, having retreated to the privacy of his garage where he sat waiting for Angelenos to share how they’re coping with the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the last 14 years, McCauley has worked as a mental health counselor and consultant in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In April, he began staffing a new hotline the district created to reach students, parents and teachers in need of mental health supports and other services as the virus forced people into isolation and cost jobs and lives.

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Is it finally time for year-round school? See more national education news here

| August 25, 2020
Is it finally time for year-round school? See more national education news here

The pandemic has raised awareness of the many roles schools play — providing everything from free meals to Internet access and caring adults — and also of the learning losses that kids experience when they’re out of school. Even in a normal year, many educators see a “summer slide,” as students return to the classroom with diminished knowledge after the long break. … Nationally, educators and officials have floated one possible solution: year-round school. Under this model, which has existed in parts of the country for decades, schools operate with shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the year, rather than one lengthy summer vacation.

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Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

| August 11, 2020
Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

A new, $7.5 million partnership will help the state’s K-12 teachers deliver quality instruction and support for online and blended learning environments as Arizona grapples with the challenges of starting a school year during a global pandemic.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University today announced a collaboration to provide training and professional development for every teacher in Arizona. With financial support from the Governor’s office, the Arizona Department of Education and Helios, ASU Prep Digital’s Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute will provide both group and personal training to help Arizona teachers succeed in delivering online instruction.

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Staggered Schedules, Smaller Class Sizes Among Ideas To Safely Reopen Schools. See more national education news here

| April 28, 2020
Staggered Schedules, Smaller Class Sizes Among Ideas To Safely Reopen Schools. See more national education news here

Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall.

Recently, governors including California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. And a federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in classrooms or other group care is the first priority for getting back to normal.

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