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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.
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.
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.
The Jed Foundation's director of high school implementation writes school mental health work must include a focus on systemic change.
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.
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.
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.
Collaborations require time, creativity and flexibility but can yield many benefits for students and companies.
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.