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If you’re interested in having your students write a 300-500 word essay for EdWeek, respond to this prompt by Oct. 4: How does it feel to be back in school? What feels good, bad, or strange? What are you looking forward to and what are you worried about? What are teachers doing to make you feel welcome, safe, and supported, and what more could they do?
As students and staff stream back into buildings, schools must battle a highly contagious new form of COVID-19, and many will wage that battle with one hand tied behind their backs, unable to take advantage of all the safety strategies available to them.
Even before the pandemic set in, alarming numbers of young people were suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. The stress of COVID-19 has exacerbated those struggles. Schools are working on ways to support students’ emotional trauma, including allowing excused absences for mental health days.
During the 2020-21 school year, 120,000 fewer new high school graduates entered the nation’s colleges and universities than the year before, according to a new analysis by the College Board. The pandemic has particularly set back students of color, and seems to have set up significantly different education trends in two- and four-year colleges.
In search of a more-equitable record of student learning
For more than a year, the pandemic has caused widespread disruptions in many students’ school experiences, repeatedly changed their formats for learning, and isolated them physically from teachers and classmates. As educators work to return students to full-time, in-person learning, they will need more than just academic interventions. They will also need to help students reconnect and get back into the schooling mindset.
Here’s how schools can bring together community groups to help fill in service gaps for students with mental health issues.
We find that the young seem to be a bundle of 50 percent anxiety and 50 percent wanting to change the world, writes Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn. They need a focus and a way to mobilize that consists of both short-term success and a clear, moving path to fundamental changes in how and what we learn and its impact on creating a better planet.
On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden proposed an ambitious $1.8 trillion American Families Plan that would expand universal prekindergarten access, make it easier for high-poverty schools to serve free meals, and fund programs to train and support teachers.