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This California school opened a safe space for students 12 years ago. Now the idea is spreading.

The youth mental health crisis existed long before COVID, but it was exponentially worsened by the pandemic. Safe spaces like one at a Fresno middle school help connect kids with counselors and reduce stigma around mental health.

June 29, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Blurring the lines between education and workforce

After the disruption of the pandemic, people in the field of education are more open to rethinking traditional ways of doing business in order to better serve students. One idea that’s been gaining steam since last year is to break down barriers between high school, college and career to create a system that bridges all three.

June 23, 2022 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: To counter educator bias, we need more Black teachers in our classrooms

Our system fails too many Black students. We can and must do better, writes Orville Jackson and Robert J. Hendricks III.

June 20, 2022 | Hechinger Report
PROOF POINTS: States and localities pump more money into community colleges than four-year campuses

Politicians restore funding for institutions that conduct workforce training and favor free community college programs.

June 20, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Early data offers a sobering look at interrupted and incomplete learning, but there is hope ahead

The latest study from Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research is based on testing data from 2.1 million students across the country. It shows that school closures widened both economic and racial inequality in learning — which was already at unacceptable rates prior to the pandemic.

June 13, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Creating a curriculum with Black girls in mind

Cierra Kaler-Jones started a program called Black Girls S.O.A.R. to bring her ideas about empowering Black girls to more students and educators. Co-designed with a handful of Black girls from Washington, D.C., and South Carolina, the program focuses on research- and arts-based projects structured around Black history and feminist thought, Afro-futurism and the history of organization and activism.

June 9, 2022 | Hechinger Report
To recover from the pandemic, social-emotional learning is not a luxury, it’s a necessity

Nearly 2 1/2 years into a deadly global pandemic, our nation’s children are in the midst of a mental health crisis that we have failed to adequately address, writes Brandon Frame.

June 6, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Why community colleges are the perfect partner for green jobs — and good jobs

Working together with local partners, we can create a blueprint for a new and better future, writes Sonya Christian.

May 31, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Students will move forward post-pandemic if we give them new pathways and opportunities

Investing in students through youth entrepreneurship is helping our district achieve what other districts might take for granted — access to role models and hands-on learning opportunities. These experiences are helping our students become active participants and leaders in their own learning and futures, writes Johnnie Thomas, superintendent of Rich Township High School District 227.

May 24, 2022 | Hechinger Report