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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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Strategies & Best Practices for Returning to School
The 2020–21 school year was filled with challenges, but also opportunities. Educators were innovating at a record pace and showed an impressive level of agility and perseverance, all while maintaining a steady dedication to their
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Best Ways to Begin the School Year
Ten years' worth of posts full of advice from teachers about how to start a new school year!
Larry Ferlazzo, July 15, 2021
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School & District Management Are Schools Ready to Reopen Full-Time This Fall? Federal Data Show Spotty Progress
By May, schools had moved more students back to class in person, but racial gaps remained and many teachers weren't yet vaccinated.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 8, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Does the Delta Variant Figure Into Schools' Opening Plans?
Much-more virulent strains of the coronavirus will drive the spread of COVID-19 this school year. Here's how leaders should prepare.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 6, 2021
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Download Your 2021 Back-to-School Toolkit
Download our free toolkit for action steps and aligned resources, worksheets, and other tools to help you develop instruction and interve...
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English-Language Learners English-Learners May Need More Support This Fall. But That Doesn't Mean They're Behind
English-language learners lost some opportunities—and gained others—during their months learning at home.
Ileana Najarro, June 22, 2021
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Mathematics Algebra 1 Is a Turning Point. Here’s How to Help Incoming Students
Targeted support is especially urgent in Algebra 1, experts say; the class is a gatekeeper to higher level mathematics.
Sarah Schwartz, June 22, 2021
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Teaching Understanding Learning ‘Acceleration’: Going Slow to Go Fast
Acceleration is sold as the way to fill academic holes left by less-than-ideal learning conditions last school year. But there are caveats.
Stephen Sawchuk & Liana Loewus, June 22, 2021
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Tackling Learning Gaps This Fall: Advice for Teachers
This series of case studies examines what the slippery concept of “acceleration” really means for students in three key areas: 1st grade literacy and numeracy, Algebra 1, and English-language acquisition.
June 22, 2021
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talks during a news conference in front of the Richard R. Green High School of Teaching on Sept. 8, 2020.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talks during a news conference in front of the Richard R. Green High School of Teaching on Sept. 8, 2020.
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School & District Management National Teachers' Union President: Schools Must Reopen 5 Days a Week This Fall
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten wants five days a week of in-person school next fall.
Madeline Will, May 13, 2021
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Planning for a Pivotal School Year
A 4-part series with ideas to plan for: summer learning, student and staff well-being, fall instruction, and the future of remote schooling.
April 27, 2021
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How Districts Are Centering Relationships and Systemic SEL for Back to School 21-22
As educators and leaders consider how SEL fits into their reopening and back-to-school plans, it must go beyond an SEL curriculum. SEL is part of who we are as educators and students, as well as
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States How to Talk About Next School Year Presents a Big Test for Education Leaders
State K-12 officials must clearly communicate plans for safety, academics, and mental health, while mixing urgency with nuance.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 12, 2021
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