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School mental health supports are a pathway to equity

The Jed Foundation's director of high school implementation writes school mental health work must include a focus on systemic change.

June 21, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Strategies to accelerate computer science implementation

As states implement computer science standards, developing a computer science teacher pipeline is a must for districts seeking to take steps to accelerate the process, District Administration reports.

June 16, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Career pathways expand opportunities for all high-schoolers

Incorporating high school career and certification pathways into industrial arts fields like automotive and woodworking, which fall under the STEM umbrella but can often be overlooked, is as important as mapping college pathways, writes Sean Cassel, an assistant principal at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, New Jersey.

June 11, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Ed Dept defines maintenance of equity requirement for ARP funds

The U.S. Department of Education released highly anticipated guidance on maintenance of equity requirements under the American Rescue Plan, the first of the three COVID-19 relief packages to formally prioritize it in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding. The provision ensures states and districts don't make excessive cuts to supplant funding rather than supplementing it, which would disproportionately impact underserved districts and make the additional federal funding essentially ineffective.

June 9, 2021 | K-12 Dive
3 CTE directors share tips for strong school-business partnerships

Collaborations require time, creativity and flexibility but can yield many benefits for students and companies.

June 8, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Ed Department details limits, flexibilities of ESSER funds

A state education agency or state legislature may not limit a school district's use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief formula funds or limit districts' access or spending of the funds, according to a 61-page FAQ released by the U.S. Department of Education.

May 27, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Alternative assessment approaches can boost creativity, educators' insights into student learning

Van Andel Institute for Education Director Terra Tarango shares five alternative approaches educators can use to move beyond pencil-and-paper.

May 26, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Decoding the Divide: Solutions to close digital gap rest on effective policies, practices

Educators look for sustainable and reliable ways to make internet access a permanent part of education on school campuses and in students' homes.

May 25, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Transformative education should include anti-racist commitments

A new report by The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, advocates for schools to create post-pandemic anti-racist models that are student-centered and culturally responsive.

May 25, 2021 | K-12 Dive