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EdWeek's Back-to-School Reading List
Explore some of our most popular and powerful stories, selected by our editors as back-to-school "must reads".
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona continues a tradition of on-site visits by the nation's top education official as the school year opens.
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Federal Cardona Back-to-School Tour to Focus on Teacher Pipeline, Academic Recovery
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will spend a week traveling to six states to highlight a range of K-12 priorities.
Libby Stanford, September 9, 2022
2 min read
Illustration of woman dreaming of school classroom.
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Teaching Opinion Carol Ann Tomlinson: My Dream for This Extraordinary School Year
The veteran educator and leading voice for differentiated instruction offers five hopeful scenarios for classrooms this fall.
Carol Ann Tomlinson, August 26, 2022
4 min read
Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17, 2022. She and many other teachers and administrators are spending countless hours volunteering their time and using their own money to buy supplies and materials for their students and classrooms.
Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17.
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School & District Management How to Re-Energize Teachers and Students This School Year
Educators shared suggestions on how schools can help students and teachers feel safe and connected.
Lauraine Langreo, August 19, 2022
5 min read
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Teaching The Best Advice for New Teachers, in 5 Words or Less: 2022 Edition
Educators share on social media what they want new teachers to know before starting the 2022-23 school year.
Marina Whiteleather, August 18, 2022
1 min read
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
August 18, 2022
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Teaching The Back-to-School Traditions Teachers Swear By
Inspirational films, day-one activities, time capsules, and oodles of coffee are among the ideas educators shared with us.
Hayley Hardison, August 12, 2022
1 min read
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Start Strong With Solid SEL Implementation: Success Strategies for the New School Year
Join Satchel Pulse to learn why implementing a solid SEL program at the beginning of the year will deliver maximum impact to your students.
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Teaching Opinion Schools Just Let Out, But What Are the Best Ways to Begin the Coming Year?
The No. 1 piece of advice from teachers: Get to know your students.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 24, 2022
2 min read
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Accelerate Learning with Project-Based Learning
Earlier this year, the George Lucas Educational Foundation released four new studies highlighting how project-based learning (PBL) helps accelerate student learning—across age groups, multiple disciplines, and different socio-economic statuses. With this year’s emphasis on unfinished
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Teaching Opinion Students Are Finally Back Together. Here's How They Feel About It
While well aware of COVID-related change, students seem to be focused on such typical high school fare as grades and college-entrance exams.
Larry Ferlazzo, October 11, 2021
8 min read
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Teaching Opinion What Students Think About Their Third Year of Pandemic Schooling
Some are happy to be back, to be with friends and learn in person, while others prefer learning online. And worries persist over COVID.
Larry Ferlazzo, October 10, 2021
7 min read
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Student Well-Being Download Preparing for In-Person Learning: A COVID-19 Checklist for Parents
What you need to know to help your child feel prepared and confident for a return to school. (Downloadable)
Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2021
1 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'Making Connections Is My Number One Priority': Teachers Share Their Plans for This Year
Four teachers discuss how they are approaching this third pandemic-affected school year.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 28, 2021
13 min read
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Take 5 for Schools: Five Essential Steps for Safe School Openings This Fall
Faced with the highly transmissible Delta variant, school districts across the country are grappling with the biggest challenge of the pandemic to date. With schools reopening every day and education leaders reassessing their opening plans,
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