Tag: distance learning

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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Give yourself ‘grace’ — and 7 other tips from teachers to homeschooling families. See more national education news here

| April 7, 2020
Give yourself ‘grace’ — and 7 other tips from teachers to homeschooling families. See more national education news here

Ask five teachers about their expectations for students during extended school closures and they turn around the question.

Instead of worrying about completing school assignments, the teachers advised parents to “do what you can.”

For parents trying to keep their children from languishing at home, learning at the kitchen table can feel anything but simple. There’s the confusion of Google Classroom to-do lists, paper packets of reading and math, and e-mails with activity suggestions, plus the stress, for many, of juggling children and jobs amid the fear and unpredictability of a worldwide pandemic.

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Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity. See more national education news here

| March 31, 2020
Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity. See more national education news here

This comic was adapted from an episode of Life Kit.

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Generation Z Forced To Grow Up During A Pandemic. See more national education news here

| March 24, 2020
Generation Z Forced To Grow Up During A Pandemic. See more national education news here

For Jalen Grimes, the virus pandemic is stirring up a slew of emotions. “Annoyed” is the first one the 13-year-old Chicagoan mentions. “Scared, confused, worried.”

She was supposed to be enjoying the end of her eighth-grade year, a rite of passage in states like Illinois, with a graduation and a school trip that are not likely to happen. That’s hard enough. But her father is also about to be deployed as a paramedic, a more dangerous than usual job in these times. Her mom, a therapist, also has been on call a lot and is prone to pneumonia. And then there are her grandparents.

“It’s a lot of fear with family members and stuff,” Jalen said. “I think a lot of us don’t think it will affect us, but it’s a worry.”

As this crisis unfolds, her generation likely will be tested like never before, especially those whose families are already on the edge, financially and health-wise.

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