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Students this year need summer school. Some districts can’t staff it.

As school systems open for summer sessions, some are seeing the fallout of a punishing pandemic school year. Many would argue that the 2021-2022 school year was among the toughest they’ve experienced — with extreme staffing shortages, clashes over masking and quarantines, political tumult nationally, widespread exhaustion, students who needed extra support, and, as one school leader put it, “uncertainty around every corner.”

June 11, 2022 | Washington Post
What Happens When Districts, States, and Universities Collaborate on Principal-Prep?

What happens when the major players in university principal preparation—states, districts, and universities—get together to work on improving those programs? Notable change can be the result, though some of it may be incremental, according to a new analysis by the RAND Corporation of a five-year initiative to reform university-based principal-prep programs in seven states.

June 11, 2022 | EdWeek
No HS Degree? No Problem. A State’s Plan to Nudge Adults Into Community College

Maine education officials are encouraging residents who never graduated from high school to return to adult education and complete the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

June 10, 2022 | The 74 Million
How an East Bay school turns into a community school under California's model

Community schools typically provide health screenings, family support, counseling and other services to families while acting as community hubs. Read how Helms Middle School in the East Bay is supporting its students and families as a community school.

June 10, 2022 | EdSource
California’s health care workers are burning out. These universities want to help.

Samuel Merritt University and Touro University California’s new anti-burnout programs are part of a federally funded effort to improve retention in a health care industry rocked by the pandemic.

June 10, 2022 | CalMatters
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
Designing Effective Systems to Support an Alternative High School

A principal shares his insights into the systems that make an alternative high school run smoothly for all students.

June 9, 2022 | Edutopia
Often Overlooked In Rankings, Hispanic-Serving Colleges Embrace A New Metric For Success

Think tank Third Way has developed a new way to rank the nation’s colleges. They call it the Economic Mobility Index, and it looks at two factors: a university’s proportion of students from low- and moderate-income backgrounds and the economic boost those students get after enrollment.

June 9, 2022 | EdSource
Feds lay out 5-point plan to help districts find more teachers

The Biden administration intends to partner with districts to expand teachers' residencies, access to curricular materials and mental health supports for students.