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FCC to open second application window for $7.2B Emergency Connectivity Fund

The Federal Communications Commission will open a second 15-day filing window, from Sept. 28 through Oct. 13, for eligible schools and libraries to apply for funds to purchase equipment and services under the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund, the agency announced Wednesday.

August 26, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Survey: Pandemic digital learning tools will impact curriculum for years to come

The shift to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020 will have a lasting impact on the way curricula and learning materials are delivered as new digital tools and practices adopted for that environment are adapted for classroom use, according to a national survey of 2,168 teacher and administrators conducted in March by Bay View Analytics.

August 24, 2021 | K-12 Dive
How schools are using ESSER funds to attract, retain teachers

In plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, states are detailing how they will use COVID-19 relief funding to recruit and retain teachers, including strengthening the teacher pipeline through "Grow Your Own" programs, offering financial incentives, providing staff mental health supports and creating alternative licensure routes.

August 20, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Focusing on pandemic gains is as crucial as identifying learning losses

Rather than focusing too much on the learning students may have lost during the pandemic, educators can also call attention to positives by having students assess their soft skills and identify areas where they may have grown stronger, writes high school English teacher Jamie Kobs.

August 18, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Grief counseling curricula part of some districts' back-to-school plans in the COVID-19 era

As students return to school this fall, many will carry the burden of grief after losing loved ones to COVID-19. In response, some school systems — such as Los Angeles Unified School District in California — are developing grief curricula designed to help students heal, EdSource reports.

August 18, 2021 | K-12 Dive
How K-12 schools are switching gears on college prep as test-optional admissions grow

With two-thirds of four-year institutions not requiring the SAT or ACT for at least fall 2022 admissions, schools are exploring portfolios, early college and more.

August 4, 2021 | K-12 Dive
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