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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Teaching Interactive Reasons for Hope
At the start of a third school year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and educators find reasons to be hopeful.
Jaclyn Borowski , Kaylee Domzalski, Eric Harkleroad, Emma Patti Harris & Brooke Saias, August 26, 2021
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Teaching Parents and Teachers Want to See Big Changes Come Out of the Pandemic, Survey Says
Smaller classes and personalized attention for students are high on the list, but also concern about academics and social-emotional issues.
Alyson Klein, August 24, 2021
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Students are reminded to wear a mask amidst other chalk drawings on the sidewalk as they arrive for the first day of school at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
Students are reminded to wear a mask amid other chalk drawings on the sidewalk as they arrive for the first day of school at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla. in 2020. Oklahoma is one of eight states that have banned local mask requirements for the 2021-22 school year.
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States Federal COVID Aid a Flash Point as Tensions Escalate Over School Mask Policies
The Biden administration reassures schools they can use federal aid to make up for penalties for defying state bans on mask mandates.
Evie Blad, August 23, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Photos The Tense and Joyous Start to the 2021 School Year, in Photos
Students are headed back to school with the threat of the Delta variant looming. How is this playing out across the country? Take a look.
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School & District Management Online Summit Recovering From a Year of Disruption: Back to School in 2021-22
Uncertainty still lingers for the upcoming school year. Join this virtual summit on what to expect and how best to prepare for the school year ahead.
August 19, 2021
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Researchers found a patchwork of state policies on masks in schools, remote learning, and tracking teacher vaccinations.
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States Many States Have Left Schools Hanging About How to Reopen Safely, Analysis Finds
Researchers found a patchwork of state policies on masks in schools, remote learning, and tracking teacher vaccinations.
Evie Blad, August 17, 2021
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Teaching Download Pandemic School Supplies: 8 Items Worth Adding to Your Class Supply Lists
With many students returning to school after a year of remote learning, here are eight items to consider adding to your class supply list to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Emma Patti Harris, August 5, 2021
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Palmcroft Elementary School Principal Jennette Arviso, right, helps a parent on the first day of school Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz.
Palmcroft Elementary School Principal Jennette Arviso, right, helps a parent on the first day of school Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz. Teachers are worried about returning to school amid surging coronavirus cases.
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Teaching Profession 'Here We Are Again:' Weary Teachers Brace for Another COVID School Year
With coronavirus cases surging due to the Delta variant, and mask mandates off the table in some places, teachers say they're worried once again.
Madeline Will, August 4, 2021
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