Elementary School

Education news, analysis, and opinion about schools serving the lower grades, typically up to 5th, and their students
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Parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children due to concerns about potential short- and long-term side effects.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Are Coming. How Many Parents Will Opt for the Shot?
Getting students vaccinated will make in-person learning safer as well as more consistent and manageable, experts argue.
Arianna Prothero, October 29, 2021
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This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-sized doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Oct. 22, 2021, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.
Kid-sized doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. An FDA advisory committee has recommended that the vaccine be approved for emergency use in 5- to 11-year-old children.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Clears Hurdle to Emergency Approval
But some members of the FDA's vaccine advisory panel raised concerns that schools may prematurely mandate the vaccine for younger children.
Arianna Prothero, October 26, 2021
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Teaching The Tough Task Ahead for 1st Grade Teachers
Many children missed out on kindergarten or experienced a more disrupted version. Now, 1st grade teachers will have to fill in the gaps.
Madeline Will, June 22, 2021
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The Mississippi Department of Education offices are seen in Jackson, Miss. on March 19, 2020. The state's board of education decided this winter that it would suspend the retention policy for third graders this year, allowing all students to pass on to the fourth grade even if they fail the standardized reading test.
The Mississippi Department of Education offices are seen in Jackson, Miss. The state's board of education decided this winter that it would suspend the retention policy for 3rd graders this year, allowing all students to pass on to the 4th grade even if they fail the standardized reading test.
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Reading & Literacy Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling 3rd Graders
As families wrestle with online learning, a pandemic economy and mental health difficulties, some states are delaying 3rd grade retention.
Aallyah Wright, Stateline.org, June 7, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The 10 Zoom Commandments for Elementary School Teachers
Remote learning can feel like trying to play soccer on the moon, but there still are basic principles of teaching we can cling to, writes Justin Minkel.
Justin Minkel , February 24, 2021
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School & District Management What the Research Says How Can Video-Conferenced Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students?
There has been very little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 7, 2020
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Classroom Technology Teaching Reading During COVID-19: Frustrated Students, Tech Challenges
First grade teacher Claudia Margaroli talks about the difficulties of teaching reading remotely and how she is trying to adjust.
Alyson Klein, September 29, 2020
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Reading & Literacy How to Use Digital Reading Programs During COVID-19. Teachers Still Matter
There’s little evidence on how the best practices for teaching reading should be translated to remote or hybrid learning environments.
Sarah Schwartz, September 29, 2020
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Miriam Amacker, a 4th grader at Sunnyside Elementary School in San Francisco, uses a laptop to do schoolwork at home.
Miriam Amacker, a 4th grader at Sunnyside Elementary School in San Francisco, uses a laptop to do schoolwork at home.
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Classroom Technology COVID-19 Forces the Question: Should the Youngest Learners Have Devices?
The coronavirus school building closures are leading to some tough decisions now—instead of years down the road—about providing iPads and Chromebooks, even for kindergartners.
David Rauf, June 8, 2020
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Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while working with students in an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while working with students in an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
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Student Achievement Districts' Summer School Plans on Shaky Ground
Only one-quarter of the nation’s school district leaders say they have fully developed plans to offer summer learning, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.
Catherine Gewertz, June 4, 2020
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Student Well-Being How Is COVID-19 Affecting Children's Health? 4 Questions Answered
The medical field's understanding of how the new coronavirus affects children and how they can spread it is rapidly evolving. Here’s the latest for school leaders weighing reopenings.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 26, 2020
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School & District Management How COVID-19 Will Balloon District Costs This Coming School Year
A new analysis says the nation's schools will need to spend $41 billion more in the 2020-21 academic year as the fast-moving recession driven by the coronavirus pandemic boosts costs for everything from remote learning to school meals.
Daarel Burnette II, May 18, 2020
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Cossondra George, a middle school math teacher in Newberry, Mich., has asthma and will turn 59 next school year. She worries that returning to school could compromise her health.
Cossondra George, a middle school math teacher in Newberry, Mich., has asthma and will turn 59 next school year. She worries that returning to school could compromise her health.
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School & District Management Teachers at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Wonder: Should I Even Go Back?
As schools discuss reopening, experts say the best way to protect vulnerable teachers might be to not have them in school buildings at all.
Madeline Will, May 7, 2020
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High school senior Alexis Campbell of Fayetteville, Ga., visited George Washington University in Washington before the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down live, on-campus tours for prospective students. Now she is considering whether to enroll in a school closer to home in the fall.
High school senior Alexis Campbell of Fayetteville, Ga., visited George Washington University in Washington before the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down live, on-campus tours for prospective students. Now she is considering whether to enroll in a school closer to home in the fall.
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Classroom Technology 'Summer Melt' Could Be a Flood as Seniors Shift College Plans
Faced with uncertainty, new financial concerns, and the prospect of more remote learning, and confusion, a growing number of college-bound high school seniors are reconsidering where and whether they’ll pursue higher education.
Gabrielle Wanneh, April 24, 2020
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