| Updated: May 11, 2020

Coronavirus and Schools

The coronavirus pandemic has upended America's K-12 education system, as most schools in every state close their doors for extended periods to combat the spread of the virus. Here, find the most relevant news, information, and resources on how schools are being impacted.








How Districts, States Can Survive the COVID-19 Recession

How Districts, States Can Survive the COVID-19 Recession

June 2, 2020

The swift, deep collapse of revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could devastate school district budgets. Here's what veteran school leaders and finance experts say can be done to prepare for a prolonged downturn and limit the damage.










Teachers Say They're More Likely to Leave the Classroom Because of Coronavirus

June 3, 2020

Teachers now say they are more likely to leave the classroom at the end of this school year than they were before the coronavirus pandemic began, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.




As Schools Prep for COVID-Era Return, Feds Estimate 36,000 Have Air-System Problems

June 4, 2020

The Government Accountability Office estimates that 41 percent of school districts need HVAC upgrades or repair in at least half their schools, which are preparing to reopen after months of COVID-19 shutdowns.




Lawmakers Seek Over $300 Billion for Public Schools in Next COVID Relief Bill

June 3, 2020

"Without significant federal support, our states will struggle to support their public schools, and our students will feel the brunt of the result," the lawmakers said their pitch for additional K-12 aid.




Opinion

COVID-19: Listening to Those in the Trenches Part II

June 3, 2020

Today, guest blogger Irvin Scott describes his conversations with teachers and a principal who talk candidly about the impact of working online.




Outdoor Classrooms in the Age of COVID-19: Pros and Cons

June 1, 2020R

As districts rethink their learning spaces for a COVID-19 world, a California group is encouraging districts to take some of those lessons outside.




Early Reading Instruction Takes a Hit During COVID-19

June 1, 2020

While remote distance learning has presented challenges in every subject and grade level, some teachers and researchers say that early reading instruction is especially problematic.




How CDC Guidance Could Shape What Back-to-School Looks Like in the COVID-19 Era

May 29, 2020

Masked staff, closed cafeterias, and reconfigured classrooms are among the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as schools weigh how to reopen and keep staff and students safe from the coronavirus.




How CDC Guidance Could Shape What Back-to-School Looks Like in the COVID-19 Era

May 29, 2020

Masked staff, closed cafeterias, and reconfigured classrooms are among the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as schools weigh how to reopen and keep staff and students safe from the coronavirus.




Which High School Sports Pose the Greatest Risk for Coronavirus Spread?

June 1, 2020

Football, wrestling and competitive cheer pose a high risk for COVID-19 spread, while swimming and golf are at the low end of the risk scale developed by a national panel.




Illinois Directs Districts to Set Aside Federal COVID Aid for All Private School Students

May 29, 2020

The state's decision indicates that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' push on COVID-19 and private school students is having an affect.




7 Issues Facing K-12 Budgets as COVID-Shocked Legislatures Reconvene

7 Issues Facing K-12 Budgets as COVID-Shocked Legislatures Reconvene

May 28, 2020

Competing priorities and no good choices about where to make deep cuts confront state lawmakers struggling to deal with the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.




Growth Mindset in a Pandemic: Teachers Talk About Building Resilience in Students

May 29, 2020

Teachers in the Texas Mindset Initiative talk about how they are trying to help students learn and grow from a period of dramatic and disruptive change.




Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and COVID-19 Make a Dire Trio for Puerto Rico's Schools

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and COVID-19 Make a Dire Trio for Puerto Rico's Schools

May 27, 2020

The pandemic is just the latest massive disruption for the U.S. territory's educational system, and has left students and teachers wondering how much they've lost and what comes next.




Groups Seek to Ease Spec. Ed. Funding Mandate as Schools Respond to Pandemic

May 27, 2020

A coalition of education organizations wants Congress to waive a provision in federal law requiring districts to keep special education funding level from year to year regardless of budget pressures.




Survey: K-12 Superintendents Not Impressed by Vendors’ COVID Marketing Approaches

May 28, 2020

K-12 superintendents from several U.S. regions expressed dissatisfaction with education vendors' marketing campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey says.




Video

Watch: The CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools, Explained

May 28, 2020

New federal recommendations on reopening schools closed due to the coronavirus call for dramatic changes that could affect everything from bus rides to where students eat lunch. Watch this video for an explanation.




How to Contend with Pandemic Learning Loss
Opinion

How to Contend with Pandemic Learning Loss

May 27, 2020

Some methods for catch-up are in place, but teachers will need to prepare for what students missed or forgot, write Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb.




Will COVID-19 Spur Greater Use of Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education?

Will COVID-19 Spur Greater Use of Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education?

May 19, 2020

Opportunities for wider use of AI in education are opening up, but the virus outbreak could seriously delay investments in new, innovative technologies, predicts AI expert Robert F. Murphy.




How Is COVID-19 Affecting Children's Health? 4 Questions Answered

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Children's Health? 4 Questions Answered

May 26, 2020

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.




Poll: Teachers, Parents Wary of Returning to Schools Without COVID-19 Vaccine

May 26, 2020

Just 46 percent of those responding to a USA Today/Ipsos poll said they would support students and teachers returning to schools this fall before there is a vaccine against the virus.




Opinion

How to Talk to Students About the Coronavirus Without Scaring Them

May 27, 2020

What you say about the coronavirus depends on the child's developmental stage. Here are examples of the best age-appropriate language for discussing the pandemic.




Too Expensive to Re-Open Schools? Some Superintendents Say It Is

Too Expensive to Re-Open Schools? Some Superintendents Say It Is

May 21, 2020R

New costs are colliding with dwindling funds—a double whammy of the coronavirus crisis that is making the re-opening of school buildings a huge financial challenge.




English-Learners and Virtual Learning During COVID-19: Will Federal Guidance Help?

May 26, 2020

New sheets outlines how districts can support English-learner students, but concedes that "schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided."




Opinion

Students Provide Feedback on 4 Areas of Focus During This Pandemic

May 26, 2020

What are you learning right now on your own, without teachers? It's an important question to ask students, and we can't do it if we always use the mute function when teaching them.




Opinion

SEL Programs Are Critical During COVID-19. Here Are 3 Steps to Help Districts Choose Wisely

May 26, 2020

Criteria used for choosing a social-emotional learning program for students and educators will look very different now than it did before the impact of the coronavirus.




DeVos to Release Rule Cementing COVID Aid Push for Private School Students

May 26, 2020

In a letter to state education chiefs announcing her plan to publish a CARES Act rule for public comment, DeVos also highlighted what she called school leaders' "reflex" not to share COVID-19 aid.




Opinion

How to Help Students Manage Their Anger During the Pandemic

May 22, 2020

Whether it's missing prom, graduation, or just hanging out with friends, there's a lot for kids to be angry about right now. This is how you can help them.




Opinion

Keeping Students on Track for College and Beyond During Coronavirus

May 22, 2020

"All the psychic and economic pain we're seeing right now will be compounded if the pandemic produces a drop in college enrollment and completion. We'll simply lock in our losses for years to come," says Stefanie Sanford.




Opinion

What AP Teachers Taught Us About Learning Continuity During Coronavirus

May 22, 2020

"The entire education world is trying to serve millions of suddenly home-bound students, and there's simply no precedent for a challenge on that scale," says Stefanie Sanford.




DeVos Highlights Schools' Innovation During COVID-19 Closures

May 21, 2020

Innovations that schools developed during their rapid transition to online instruction could inspire them to "rethink education," U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at a web conference with reporters.




COVID-19's Turmoil Could Make Schools a Potent Election Issue

COVID-19's Turmoil Could Make Schools a Potent Election Issue

May 20, 2020

With the stakes high in November, school shutdowns, reopenings, and money for recovery could put education front and center for voters, and complicate things for politicians and activists alike.




Paraprofessional With 'Gentle Spirit' Dies at 27 From COVID-19

Paraprofessional With 'Gentle Spirit' Dies at 27 From COVID-19

May 20, 2020

A former high school athletic standout and homecoming king, Pedro Garcia III “could connect with anybody,” no matter the language, said a teaching colleague in Cozad, Neb.




Sen. Alexander Splits From Betsy DeVos on COVID-19 Aid to Help Private Schools

May 21, 2020

During a press conference, Sen. Lamar Alexander also said he thinks no additional federal guidance is needed to help schools determine how much coronavirus testing is necessary to reopen safely this fall.




Crowding and the Coronavirus: By the Numbers

May 20, 2020

Classrooms that were crowded before the pandemic closures will complicate efforts to reopen safely.




Some Districts Due to Miss Out on Primary Source of COVID-19 Aid for Schools

May 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education says a small subset of public school districts are not eligible to receive roughly $13.5 billion in CARES money earmarked for districts.




Students Share Their Coronavirus Diaries: 'I'm Really Missing School' (Video)

May 19, 2020

Some teachers are asking students to keep a daily record of life during the shutdowns. In this Education Week video, 5th and 7th graders read their entries aloud.




Lawmakers Tell Betsy DeVos Her COVID-19 Guidance Is 'Robbing Public Schools'

May 20, 2020

Three Democratic lawmakers told Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to get rid of her guidance about coronavirus relief and private schools, as tensions around the issue escalated.




Helping Students Grieve From a Distance

May 19, 2020

As fatalities from COVID-19 rise, so does the likelihood that schools will have to help students cope virtually with the loss of a beloved teacher, staff member, or student.




When Schools Reopen, All Staff Should Wear Masks, New CDC Guidance Says

May 20, 2020

The CDC posted long-awaited guidance on how schools should welcome students back after extended closures due to the coronavirus.




How COVID-19 Will Balloon District Costs This Coming School Year

May 18, 2020

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.




Calculator: How Much Will COVID-19 Cost Schools?

May 18, 2020

Use this interactive tool to estimate increased costs next school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.




Opinion

What Coronavirus Has Taught Us About the Digital Divide

May 18, 2020

The digital divide sits atop a long list of policy problems we should have solved before a global pandemic turned almost everything into a crisis, says the College Board's Stefanie Sanford.




Opinion

What Does Remote Instructional Leadership Look Like During a Pandemic?

May 17, 2020

We are over 8 weeks into this pandemic and teachers and leaders all over North America are engaged in pandemic teaching. But, the fall is coming and we will find ourselves in this position once again.




Opinion

Nine Ways to End This Crazy School Year Strong

May 18, 2020

Eight educators share nine activities that can be used to close this COVID-19-interrupted year, including reflecting back on the year and looking ahead to see how it will be viewed in the future.




Appeals Court Backs Police Officer in Mental Evaluation of Suicidal Student

May 18, 2020

A federal appeals court said the police officer did not violate the rights of a 7th grader or her father when she took the student for a mental evaluation.




Serving Special Needs Students During COVID-19: A Rural Educator's Story

May 18, 2020

Just because a rural school system has internet doesn’t mean everyone can afford it. That’s why James Barrett delivers paper work packets, along with meals, to his students during the COVID-19 crisis.




Five Ideas for a Pandemic-Proof Graduation

Five Ideas for a Pandemic-Proof Graduation

May 15, 2020

From holograms to boat parades, school districts are thinking out of the box when it comes to staging high school commencement ceremonies during the coronavirus crisis.




States All Over the Map on Remote Learning Rigor, Detail

States All Over the Map on Remote Learning Rigor, Detail

May 14, 2020

An Education Week review of states’ continuous learning directives and guidance shows wide variation in what’s expected as millions of students get remote instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.




Opinion

Social Studies Instruction in the Age of the Coronavirus

May 15, 2020

Five social studies teachers discuss their online instructional strategies, including emphasizing relevancy and maintaining high standards.




Parades, Toilet Paper Diplomas and Lawn Signs: Images of Graduation for the Class of 2020

May 15, 2020

Across the United States, graduation looks a little different this year. Here's a look at the different ways schools are celebrating their seniors.




Teacher's Union, PTA Ad Campaign Promotes COVID-19 Aid for Schools

May 14, 2020

The National Education Association and the National PTA have announced a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to support a new federal coronavirus relief package that includes designated funding for schools.




Betsy DeVos: My COVID-19 Competitive Grants Aren't Like Race to the Top at All

May 14, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tells EdWeek opinion blogger Rick Hess her new competitive grants are "not even a little bit" like the Obama administration's Race to the Top program. Let's examine that claim.




Trump, Fauci, and Reopening Schools: What You Need to Know

May 14, 2020

As the president remains impatient to get schools open again, the nation's top epidemiologist continues to sound the alarm about making sure all reopenings are done without risking a reignition of the pandemic.




Opinion

Superintendents Brainstorm to Support Early Learners During COVID-19 Outbreak

May 14, 2020

A conference enables early childhood educators to share their successes (and failures), helping their peers provide effective solutions to problems that have caught most everyone unprepared.




Teachers Hungry for State Leadership on School Reopenings

Teachers Hungry for State Leadership on School Reopenings

May 13, 2020

While governors get high marks from many, respondents to an EdWeek survey still want clarity and details as states navigate coronavirus school shutdowns and pivot toward the coming academic year.




Opinion

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus and Schools: An Update on the Federal Response

May 14, 2020

"Many have been trained to ask the department 'mother, may I?' instead of embracing flexibility and taking initiative," says U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.




DNC Chief: Blame Trump, Not State and Local Leaders, If Schools Struggle This Fall

May 13, 2020

At a virtual conference focused on Michigan schools and the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted what he called the "abject failure" of the Trump administration on COVID-19 testing.




Want to Help Public Schools? Give Private Schools COVID-19 Relief, Groups Declare

May 14, 2020

Want to help out public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic? There's a way to do that while also providing critical relief for private schools too, advocacy groups have told congressional leaders.




Coronavirus, Economic Crisis Cloud Resurgence of Career Tech Ed.

Coronavirus, Economic Crisis Cloud Resurgence of Career Tech Ed.

May 12, 2020

Career technical education has been on a roll lately, but educators fear that will change, as unemployment soars and some students are cut off from hands-on learning opportunities.




COVID-19 Testing Key to Reopening Schools, Health Officials Tell Senators

May 12, 2020

Senators pressed federal health officials for more guidance on the level and nature of coronavirus testing necessary to safely reopen schools and monitor the illness.




Schools Would Get Nearly $60 Billion in Democrats' New COVID-19 Relief Proposal

May 12, 2020

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which has little chance of passing as written, would also also provide dedicated funding to help students connect to the internet.




Betsy DeVos Announces Aid to Help Create 'Student-Centered' Funding Systems

May 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has made $3 million available to help districts create "weighted per-pupil funding" systems, part of an ESSA pilot available to districts for some time.




Former Governor Recruits Stuck-at-Home College Students to Combat K-12's 'COVID Slide'

May 12, 2020

Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the Tennessee Tutoring Corps, which will recruit college students to tutor children in an effort to prevent learning loss after extended school closures.




Opinion

Council of the Great City Schools Chief on Coronavirus and What's Ahead

May 12, 2020

"If [Washington] does not approve substantial additional funding, state and local revenue losses will result in teacher layoffs and cuts to other supports and services that will take a generation to recover from," says Mike Casserly.




Federal Lawmakers Urge FTC to Monitor Digital Marketing During COVID-19

May 11, 2020

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate ed-tech companies' digital marketing practices, as online activity surges during COVID-19.




Opinion

Two Podcasts Supporting Teachers During the Coronavirus

May 11, 2020

Eight educators discuss two topics related to distance learning. In one, four reflect on lessons learned over the last few weeks, and, in the other, four discuss how to still encourage students to read during this crisis.




Devastated Budgets and Widening Inequities: How the Coronavirus Collapse Will Impact Schools

Devastated Budgets and Widening Inequities: How the Coronavirus Collapse Will Impact Schools

May 8, 2020

The recession brought on by the pandemic will make inequalities in schools worse.




Crazy Schedules, Questions for Tech Support During COVID-19: 'What Is an LMS?'

May 11, 2020

Behind the scenes, school district employees manning IT help desks are playing the role of an unsung cast that has made the shift to remote learning possible.




Opinion

Sen. Lamar Alexander on the Congressional Response to Coronavirus

May 11, 2020

"A one-hour flight to Washington doesn't make you any smarter, and I don't think we need to come up with a bunch of big ideas up here and send them back to states to implement--especially in education," says Alexander.




Opinion

What Activities or Lessons Are You Doing With Students to End This Crazy Year?

May 10, 2020

The upcoming question-of-the-week is: What activities or lessons are you doing with students to end this crazy year?




Opinion

Science Instruction in the Age of the Coronavirus

May 10, 2020

Four science educators share their experiences adapting to online instruction, including through collaborative learning and the use of online labs.




Opinion

Teacher Surveys Provide Vital Feedback On Pandemic Learning

May 10, 2020

Pandemic teaching and learning is difficult for many reasons. In a survey of more than 350 teachers across grade levels, they tell us why.




Are Teachers and Principals in Your State at High Risk for COVID-19? See Analysis

May 9, 2020

About 18 percent of all teachers and 27 percent of all principals are 55 years old or older, putting them at higher risk for COVID-19.




Opinion

'I Am Doing My Best' - Teaching Math During the School Closure Crisis

May 9, 2020

Four teachers offer remote teaching tips for math instruction, including recognizing that nothing they do is going to be anywhere near "perfect."




Backlash Grows to DeVos Push for COVID-19 Aid to Help All Private School Students

May 8, 2020

A legal fight over new U.S. Department of Education guidance intended to ensure all private school students benefit from coronavirus aid could take years and get ugly, experts say.




Teachers at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Wonder: Should I Even Go Back?

Teachers at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Wonder: Should I Even Go Back?

May 7, 2020

As the national conversation on reopening schools accelerates, experts say the best way to protect vulnerable teachers might be to not have them in school buildings at all.




Stories to Make You Smile: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Retiring Teacher

May 8, 2020

Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.




How Are Parents Dividing Home-Teaching Duties During Coronavirus?

May 8, 2020

In two-parent households, who's taking on the biggest role as schoolwork supervisor? It appears that the answer depends on who you ask.




Opinion

NewSchools Venture Fund CEO on Education Philanthropy During Coronavirus

May 8, 2020

"Folks in some foundations are quietly expressing frustration that they've been cautioned to stay in their lane and only fund things aligned with their pre-COVID strategy," says Stacey Childress.




Opinion

How to Assess Students' Math Skills Remotely

May 8, 2020

Two math educators discuss how they are communicating student performance during the school closure crisis, as well as how they are taking care of themselves.




Opinion

Math Instruction in the Age of the Coronavirus

May 7, 2020

Two math educators share how they design their remote teaching math lessons and what they typically look like in practice.




Opinion

How to Reinforce the Teacher-Student Relationship – Even When You're Apart

May 8, 2020

Students learn best from teachers who care about them. Here is how to build a foundation of trust that a pandemic can't destroy.




Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-Up: See How Educators Are Innovating During COVID-19

May 7, 2020

Three incredible stories of teachers who have come up with creative ways to mark milestones and connect with students




What School Reopening Looks Like Around the World

What School Reopening Looks Like Around the World

May 7, 2020

Here's a look at how countries are addressing the challenge of reopening their schools in this new reality.




Coronavirus Upends After-School World

Coronavirus Upends After-School World

May 6, 2020

With schools shut down, social distancing in place, and parents at home, after-school programs are laying off staff and switching gears to meet families' needs.

Opinion

The Pandemic Is Causing Widespread Emotional Trauma. Schools Must Be Ready to Help

May 6, 2020

Students and adults in the school community will all need more support when schools reopen, writes the head of the National Association of School Psychologists.




Chance the Rapper's New Awards Show Honors Teachers During School Shutdowns

May 7, 2020

This Teacher Appreciation Week, the Grammy award-winning musician will honor 10 teachers and give out $300,000 in partnership with Box Tops for Education.




Use COVID-19 Aid to Help Make Schools 'Command Centers,' Groups Urge

May 7, 2020

Democrats have long called for federal school infrastructure spending. During the pandemic, dozens of education groups tell Congress this aid should help schools become health care, job-training, and digital hubs.




School-Year Closures Now Affect 50 Million Students

May 7, 2020

Maryland's announcement Wednesday that school buildings won't reopen this academic year marked a a sobering milestone in the disruption to American education caused by the coronavirus pandemic.




Opinion

Former New Mexico Schools Chief Hanna Skandera on Coronavirus

May 7, 2020

"The current situation may force our hand to adjust our measures of evaluation, and, personally, I think it is beyond time that we push our thinking to include new ideas," says Hanna Skandera.




Trump Again Pushes Schools to Reopen, Says Older Teachers Should Stay Home

May 6, 2020

The president said he'd "like to see schools open" where possible, although most states have closed them for the academic year, and said children seem to be doing relatively well during the coronavirus pandemic.




How Schools Can Narrow Equity Gaps During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 6, 2020

The guide urges districts to develop plans for addressing the loss of learning that many students, particularly those in vulnerable demographic groups, are experiencing this spring.




ACT and Teachers’ Union Partner to Provide Remote Learning Resources Amid Pandemic

May 6, 2020

ACT and the American Federation of Teachers are partnering to provide free resources as educators increasingly switch to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.




A New Worry From the COVID-19 Crisis: Paying for College

A New Worry From the COVID-19 Crisis: Paying for College

May 5, 2020

Fewer students are filing financial aid applications this year, as the pandemic continues to disrupt college plans for high school seniors nationwide.




Top Education Watchdog Says Lessons From Stimulus Will Apply to COVID-19 Aid

May 6, 2020

Lessons learned from Education Department oversight of the 2009 federal stimulus will apply to monitoring CARES Act money for mismanagement and fraud, the office of inspector general said.




Opinion

Iconic Teacher Leader on Coronavirus Response

May 6, 2020

"Educators are completely redesigning instructional delivery while constantly being thrown new rules. It's like 'flying the plane as you build it,'" says Maddie Fennell.




New York State Teams With Gates Foundation to 'Reimagine Education' Amid Pandemic

May 5, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will work with the philanthropy on developing new online learning strategies as it continues to grapple with the crisis caused by the coronavirus.




Opinion

What Does Teacher Credibility Look Like During Pandemic Teaching?

May 6, 2020

Teacher clarity and teacher credibility are two important effects on learning, but they're harder to do during a pandemic, especially if they haven't been done while the students are actually sitting in front of us.




Trust Local School Leaders, a State Chief Says as Optional Reopening Date Nears

May 5, 2020

Montana Superintendent Elsie Arntzen offers practical advice to schools that could open as early as May 7, even as she says "how they open schools and how learning takes place is up to them."




Opinion

Walton Family Foundation K-12 Chief on Coronavirus and Schools

May 5, 2020

"We don't know what the implications of this pandemic will be in the long-run, but ... I think this is something that will ultimately bring us together and make our coalitions stronger," says Marc Sternberg.




Opinion

What We've Learned From 30 Days of Distance Learning

May 5, 2020

Five educators write about the lessons they have learned after a month of distance learning, among them, a renewed emphasis on the importance of relationships and connections.




Is Betsy DeVos Trying to Throw Private Schools a Lifeline Using Coronavirus Aid?

May 5, 2020

New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education says all private school students are entitled to "equitable services" under federal coronavirus emergency relief. Let's explore what that means.




Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mounting Mental-Health Needs

Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mounting Mental-Health Needs

May 1, 2020

Keeping up with students’ growing mental-health needs was a concern for districts long before the pandemic began. It’s even harder now, educators and psychologists say.




Economists Expect Huge Future Earnings Loss for Students Missing School Due to COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Members of the future American workforce could see losses of earnings that add up to trillions of dollars, depending on how long coronavirus-related school closures persist.




Opinion

This Is What Students Want Us to Know About Pandemic Learning

May 3, 2020

Adults talk so much about what pandemic learning should look like, but they never seem to ask the students. This is how students feel about it.




Opinion

Roxanna Elden on Educating from Home During Coronavirus

May 4, 2020

The first question teachers often get is, "Is this for a grade?" Educator and author Roxanna Elden always found that question irritating. As a parent in the age of COVID-19, she's been asking it every week.




Curbing the Spread of COVID-19, Anxiety, and Learning Loss for Youth Behind Bars

May 4, 2020

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in pre- and post-trial correctional facilities across the United States, and the challenges of social distancing for students in regular districts are all massively compounded for students behind bars.




Opinion

Helping Students Cope With Uncertainty: Advice From a Psychologist

May 4, 2020

Not knowing when things will go back to normal is hard. Here are suggestions on how to find comfort with ambiguity.




COVID-19: Report Offers 'Blueprint' for Reopening Schools and Beyond

May 4, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute recommends steps to reopen schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including preparing for effects into the 2021-2022 school year and planning to shut down again if the coronavirus re-emerges in their area.




It's Teacher Appreciation Week. See How 3 Educators Are Helping Students During COVID-19

May 3, 2020

These teachers are doing whatever they can to help their students during COVID-19, including donating money to needy families, caring for a baby, and visiting a student to cheer her up.




District Hard-Hit by COVID-19 Begins 'Tough Work' of Getting On

District Hard-Hit by COVID-19 Begins 'Tough Work' of Getting On

April 30, 2020

No place in Georgia has suffered a higher rate of coronavirus cases than Dougherty County. And the school system, largely rural and poor, is in the middle of it.




Mnuchin: Wealthy Private Schools Should Return Coronavirus Small Business Aid

May 1, 2020

The secretary treasury called for return of the small-business aid after reports that wealthy private schools attended by his children and President Donald Trump's son had qualified.




How States, Assessment Companies Can Work Together Amid Coronavirus Testing Cancellations

May 1, 2020

Scott Marion, who consults states on testing, talks about why it's important for vendors and public officials to work cooperatively in renegotiating contracts amid assessment cancellations caused by COVID-19.




Opinion

A Social-Emotional Learning Company Shifts Strategy to Meet Needs During COVID-19

May 1, 2020

The CEO of Move This World is prioritizing flexibility, being open to feedback and addressing pain points during the coronavirus crisis.




Opinion

Philanthropy Roundtable K-12 Chief on Funders' Response to Coronavirus

May 1, 2020

"This pandemic has given us an opportunity to think boldly about students' educational needs and how to creatively respond to them," says Katherine Haley.




From Triage to Recovery: Issues States Will Address in School Reopening Plans

April 30, 2020

The Council of Chief State School Officers has taken a broad inventory of what states will have to deal with when they reopen buildings shuttered due to the pandemic, from student health and safety to academics.




A Third of Teachers Are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness From COVID-19

April 30, 2020

As states begin to consider what reopening schools might look like, a new analysis of federal data warns that teachers could be more susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19.




Teachers Without Internet Work in Parking Lots, Empty School Buildings During COVID-19

Teachers Without Internet Work in Parking Lots, Empty School Buildings During COVID-19

April 29, 2020

While most teachers have online access at home, internet service for many educators in rural areas is spotty, expensive, or nonexistent.




Most Teachers Don't Want to Extend the Next School Year, Survey Shows

April 30, 2020

How should schools address learning loss from coronavirus-related closures? A new survey from the Collaborative for Student Success asked teachers, administrators, and policymakers.




Some Parents Concerned Their Children Won't Be Ready for Next Year, Survey Says

April 30, 2020

While most parents of K-12 students seem pleased with the communication and educational activities schools are providing during the COVID-19 shutdowns, some are still concerned about how prepared their children will be for the next school year, a University of Southern California survey finds.




Four Things to Know About Betsy DeVos' COVID-19 Grants for Parents, States

April 30, 2020

The new "Rethink K-12 Education Models" program under the CARES Act has $180 million in grant money to distribute to states, and is divided into three grant priorities.




Opinion

As Educators, Let's Embrace Our Own Fear. Here Are 10 Strategies to Consider

April 30, 2020

We are not short on fear these days, but instead of running away from it, we need to embrace it. There is a lot we can learn during the process.




Opinion

Microsoft Education Exec. on Ed. Tech During Coronavirus

April 30, 2020

"The role of ed tech is to service teachers, students, and parents, and while there is opportunity right now, we shouldn't be opportunistic. Priority one needs to be finding ways to help," says Dan Ayoub.




Opinion

Assessing the Needs of Black Students During the Coronavirus Crisis

April 30, 2020

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D., writes about the challenges facing Black students before and during the Coronavirus crisis and how schools must invite them to help identify their own needs.




Here's How Many Teaching Jobs Could Be Lost in Each State in a COVID-19 Recession

April 30, 2020

There could be an 8.4 percent reduction in the U.S. teaching corps, and some states could see reductions as large as 20 percent, according to a new analysis by the Learning Policy Institute.




Opinion

Teachers, We Cannot Go Back to the Way Things Were

April 29, 2020

Injustice in our education system was normalized long before the pandemic, writes Bettina L. Love. Now is the time to radically dream for a better future.




Opinion

Grantmakers for Education Chief on Philanthropy's Response to Coronavirus

April 29, 2020

Funders have been both fast and thoughtful about how to work with national and local partners to listen to needs from the field, identify best practices, and deploy resources quickly, says Celine Coggins.




Teachers' Unions and Districts Hammer Out New Expectations for Remote Teaching

Teachers' Unions and Districts Hammer Out New Expectations for Remote Teaching

April 28, 2020

The coronavirus has forced school districts and unions to work out on-the-fly agreements for how many hours teachers work, how they must interact with students, and other thorny issues.




Opinion

Teacher Reflections After a Month of Distance Learning

April 29, 2020

Four educators offer their reflections after a month of distance learning, including the importance of showing grace to students and ourselves and reaching out to parents.




Feel Like You Are Suffering Alone? A Psychologist Recommends Doing This
Opinion

Feel Like You Are Suffering Alone? A Psychologist Recommends Doing This

April 29, 2020

When you feel like nobody understands how you feel, remember that in the most fundamental sense, it's "us against the pandemic."




7 Big Issues for Unions and Districts in Remote Teaching Agreements

7 Big Issues for Unions and Districts in Remote Teaching Agreements

April 28, 2020

EdWeek studied 12 agreements that set school districts’ expectations for their teachers during remote instruction. Seven common themes emerged.




Opinion

When Moving Too Quickly Fails: On Supporting Schools in the Pandemic

April 28, 2020

People want to spring into action to help, but moving thoughtfully ends up saving time, writes a veteran of Katrina.




Nearly 300,000 Teacher Jobs at Risk If Feds Don't Step Up, Big Districts Warn

April 28, 2020

Without significantly more federal assistance for schools, the coronavirus pandemic would lead to an "educational catastrophe," the Council of the Great City Schools has told Congress.




Opinion

'We Do the Best We Can' - Lessons From Six Weeks of Remote Teaching

April 28, 2020

Four educators share lessons from six weeks of remote teaching, including the importance of communication and community and what they've changed in that time.




Opinion

Gates K-12 Education Chief on the Foundation's Response to Coronavirus

April 28, 2020

We are encouraging our staff to think beyond the current crisis to understand and mitigate its longer-term impact, says Bob Hughes.




Opinion of DeVos Plunging, Truancy Rising: 10 Key Findings From Latest EdWeek Survey
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Opinion of DeVos Plunging, Truancy Rising: 10 Key Findings From Latest EdWeek Survey

April 27, 2020

Six weeks after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to combat the pandemic, the magnitude of the fallout in the nation’s K-12 schools is coming into focus.




Delivery Delays Likely for Chromebooks, iPads Under Covid19, Analyst Predicts

April 27, 2020

Analyst predicts that a frustrating stretch could continue for district officials desperate to acquire devices such as Chromebooks and iPads during coronavirus closures.




'Summer Melt' Could Be a Flood as Seniors Shift College Plans

'Summer Melt' Could Be a Flood as Seniors Shift College Plans

April 24, 2020

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.




What Schools, States Must Report About How They Use Coronavirus Aid

April 26, 2020

States and school districts are going to be asked and required to report a decent amount of how they spend coronavirus emergency money. So what could we learn?




Betsy DeVos Introduces Grants to 'Rethink' Learning During COVID-19

April 27, 2020

"This is the time for local education leaders to unleash their creativity and ingenuity," Betsy DeVos said when she announced these Rethink K-12 School Models grants.




What Teachers Should Worry About Right Now
Opinion

What Teachers Should Worry About Right Now

April 27, 2020

Don't focus on how much work kids are getting done. Instead, set specific learning goals and help students reach them.




Opinion

College Board CEO on Coronavirus and SAT Testing

April 27, 2020

While all students will have the opportunity to take the SAT, the impact of the coronavirus on students varies vastly based on their circumstances, says David Coleman.




Opinion

Four Ways to Support African American Students Through the COVID-19 Emergency

April 27, 2020

Educator Adeyemi Stembridge, Ph.D., shares strategies to bolster African American students during our present emergency, such as inviting them to share their stories and their art.




Opinion

Visualization of 'Tips for Remote Teaching With ELL Students'

April 26, 2020

Teacher Wendi Pillars shares a visual illustration of the points made in Larry Ferlazzo's video, "Tips for Remote Teaching With ELL Students."




What Schools, States Must Report About How They Use Coronavirus Aid

April 26, 2020

States and school districts are going to be asked and required to report a decent amount of how they spend coronavirus emergency money. So what could we learn?




Opinion

6 Reasons Students Aren't Showing Up for Virtual Learning

April 26, 2020

There are numerous social media pages teachers are flocking to for support. The biggest question is that of student attendance, and there are 6 reasons why students may not be attending class.




The Lost Spring: Coronavirus Shuts Down Nearly Every School for Academic Year

April 24, 2020

It's a stunning reality: More than 85 percent of America's public school students won't be returning to their classrooms at all this academic year, a number that will surely reach close to 100 percent soon as the fight against coronavirus wears on.




'Inspiring Me for the Rest of My Life': Students Pay Tribute to 33-Year-Old Teacher Lost to Coronavirus

April 23, 2020

Kimarlee Nguyen, an English teacher at the Brooklyn Latin School and a fiction writer, is remembered for making students feel important.




Why Some States Keep Schools Closed, Even as Businesses Move to Reopen

Why Some States Keep Schools Closed, Even as Businesses Move to Reopen

April 23, 2020

As some states move to jump-start economies shut down by the coronavirus, most are keeping their school buildings shuttered. What makes schools such an outlier?




Opinion

Encouraging Student Engagement in Remote Learning

April 24, 2020

Teacher David Sherrin discusses ideas on how to motivate students in distance teaching and learning and shares some online resources he has created for his classes.




Opinion

Wyoming Schools Chief on the Coronavirus Challenge

April 24, 2020

"In communities most devastated by COVID-19, academic achievement is pretty far down on the priority list--this is the reality," says Wyoming state chief Jillian Balow.




Opinion

A Crisis-Management System for Education Leaders

April 23, 2020

Mounting an educational response to the coronavirus is a bit like fighting a wildfire, writes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Justin Reich.




How to Decrease Screen Time for Students
OPINION

How to Decrease Screen Time for Students

April 24, 2020

Distance learning means it's difficult to limit screen time for kids. Here are a few ways to help keep things healthy for them.




Opinion

Supporting African American Students During the School Closure Crisis

April 23, 2020

Two educators describe how schools can directly respond to the needs of African American students during the COVID-19 crisis, including by regularly contacting their homes and developing a student-centered curriculum.




Remote Learning Problems During Coronavirus Prompt Resignation of Big District Tech Leader

April 23, 2020

The top technology official for Virginia's Fairfax County schools resigned after the district struggled to handle some major technical glitches in its e-learning platforms.




Three Ways States Can Use ESSA to Address the Pandemic's Impact

April 23, 2020

States can leverage testing contracts and money they can set aside under the law to help students affected by the coronavirus, says an analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education.




Opinion

How School Boards Should Respond to Coronavirus

April 23, 2020

It's vital that school boards make it clear that leaving students without access to meaningful instruction for 4-6 months is unacceptable, says national school board guru AJ Crabill.




Betsy DeVos Releases Billions More in Coronavirus Education Aid

April 23, 2020

Schools can use this pot of $13.5 billion in CARES Act money for a variety of purposes to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus.




Opinion

The Best Way for Teachers to Manage Stress

April 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced a whole new level of stress for teachers and students. Here's what to do about it, according to psychologist Angela Duckworth.




How Districts Are Helping Teachers Get Better at Tech Under Coronavirus

How Districts Are Helping Teachers Get Better at Tech Under Coronavirus

April 22, 2020

Educators are struggling to learn how to use new tech tools—devices, apps, software, and online textbooks—in greater volume than ever before.




Opinion

What the Coronavirus Means for Grandparent Caretakers

April 22, 2020

More than 3 million U.S. children are cared for by a grandparent, writes researcher Jacob Alonso. These families are particularly vulnerable now.




Superintendent Asks Seniors About Grading, Graduation, and What Comes Next

April 22, 2020

Superintendent Joseph Meloche, of the Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey, convenes regular conversations with high school seniors to help him figure out how to handle the end-of-year rituals that have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.




'There Was a Better Fate for Her': Remembering 18-Year-Old Who Died From Coronavirus

'There Was a Better Fate for Her': Remembering 18-Year-Old Who Died From Coronavirus

April 21, 2020

High school senior Yasmin Peña was among the youngest victims of the pandemic in her state. Her friends, family, and teachers remember her as so much more that.




INTERACTIVE

Coronavirus Stimulus for Schools: Calculating What Your State Gets and What It May Need

April 21, 2020

Calculate how much relief your state's public schools will get from the federal CARES Act and estimate how much your state needs to blunt deep spending cuts brought on by the coronavirus.




How Much Federal Money Do Schools Need to Survive the Coming Financial Blow?

How Much Federal Money Do Schools Need to Survive the Coming Financial Blow?

April 21, 2020

The federal CARES Act will not be enough to spare school districts from painful budget cuts. How much would it take?




Pandemic a High-Stakes Test for Betsy DeVos' Leadership

Pandemic a High-Stakes Test for Betsy DeVos' Leadership

April 21, 2020

The coronavirus-driven disruption of the nation’s schools demands both practical and symbolic responses from an education secretary who has endured intense scrutiny and controversy from her first days in office.




5 Insights for How to Tackle the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus and Beyond

April 21, 2020

Districts are scrambling to purchase new equipment and help families connect to the internet, all while waiting on policy changes for broader relief.




As Schools Stay Closed and Student Morale Slumps, Educators Worry About Mental Health

April 21, 2020

Most teachers and district leaders in the EdWeek Research Center survey expressed concern about students receiving mental health services during the shutdown. The more low-income students a school serves, the more concerned educators were.




Coronavirus Fallout Threatens States' Prekindergarten Progress, Report Warns

April 22, 2020

States have made progress in expanding access to high-quality pre-K, but budget cuts due to the pandemic could reverse that, the National Institute for Early Education Research warns.




OPINION

Free Virtual Tools for All Teachers! They Won't Be Free Next Year.

April 22, 2020

This is the time to expand on our virtual teaching and learning, but we have to make sure we don't break the bank in order to do it. Those tools won't be free forever.




OPINION

Stumped by How to Best Serve Students With At-Home Learning? Follow the Evidence

April 20, 2020

Schools need to foster learning at home right now, but parents can't always help. Economist Philip Oreopoulos explains what works bes.




Virtual Teaching: Skill of the Future? Or Not So Much?

Virtual Teaching: Skill of the Future? Or Not So Much?

April 20, 2020

Leaders in some districts say remote teaching will now be a skill they will build even more in their existing teacher corps. Others are more skeptical.




Should Teachers Be Evaluated During Coronavirus School Shutdowns?

April 20, 2020

At least 20 states have issued guidance or waived requirements for teacher evaluations this school year due to the challenges of remote learning.




Battered By Coronavirus Closures, Some School Districts Are Starting to Furlough Staff

April 20, 2020

Hourly workers make up more than a quarter of districts' budgets and some superintendents are deciding they can no longer afford to pay them to not work.




One State Polls the Public on Whether to Reopen Schools

One State Polls the Public on Whether to Reopen Schools

April 20, 2020

Montana's governor pursues a plan to gradually reopen the state, the state education department is relying in part on public opinion to decide whether to reopen schools this year.




Schools Weigh Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers as Coronavirus Threat Spreads

Schools Weigh Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers as Coronavirus Threat Spreads

April 20, 2020

To keep workers on the job, some districts are offering time-and-a-half or double pay for employees who prepare and distribute schools meals to families.




Taking Attendance During Coronavirus Closures: Is It Even Worth It?

Taking Attendance During Coronavirus Closures: Is It Even Worth It?

April 17, 2020R

Typically, taking attendance is simply a matter of asking, is the student in the building or not? With most school buildings closed, it’s now represented by a more amorphous set of factors.




Teach New Content or Review Familiar Material? A Tough Call During Coronavirus Closures

Teach New Content or Review Familiar Material? A Tough Call During Coronavirus Closures

April 17, 2020

Schools must make the critical decision whether to reinforce the learning that students have already done this year or introduce new content.




Schools Are Staring Down a Fiscal Tsunami. Here's What States Need to Do Now
Opinion

Schools Are Staring Down a Fiscal Tsunami. Here's What States Need to Do Now

April 19, 2020

The $13.5 billion in federal K-12 funding can’t just go toward stabilizing schools. It needs to go toward mobilizing them, writes Harvard researcher Thomas J. Kane.




OPINION

Infographic: '7 Tips for Parents Supporting Remote Learning'

April 17, 2020

Teacher Lindsay Kuhl shares a visual illustration of the points made in Larry Ferlazzo's video, "7 Tips for Parents Supporting Remote Learning."




Closed Schools Would Stay Shut in First Phase of Trump Reopening Guidelines

April 16, 2020

The new guidelines rely heavily on testing for the coronavirus; in their first phase, schools that are now closed would not reopen, but could resume operations in subsequent phases.




Exhausted and Grieving: Teaching During the Coronavirus Crisis

Exhausted and Grieving: Teaching During the Coronavirus Crisis

April 16, 2020

The nation’s teachers are trying to cope with an armful of new stressors as they struggle to make the shift to remote learning for the rest of the school year.




What Happens to the Youngest Learners During This Crisis? Inside an Empty Preschool
OPINION

What Happens to the Youngest Learners During This Crisis? Inside an Empty Preschool

April 16, 2020

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, early-childhood education must go on, writes preschool director Caroline Diaz. But it requires some big changes in thinking.




Can Vaping Put Teenagers at Greater Risk of Getting Seriously Ill With Coronavirus?

Can Vaping Put Teenagers at Greater Risk of Getting Seriously Ill With Coronavirus?

April 16, 2020

Even before the coronavirus arrived, schools were concerned about the negative health effects of e-cigarettes on students. Here's one more reason to worry.




Draconian Cuts to Schools Could Come as Soon as This Summer

April 16, 2020

Coronavirus' financial wallop on schools will come sooner than predicted as unemployment hits record levels. Already, pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs may be in the offing in some districts before the start of the new school year.




Feds Launch New Online Research Hub on Distance Learning

April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 fallout continues in K-12, the U.S. Department of Education is looking for what products and practices work for learning at home.




Special Ed. Administrators Press Congress for IDEA Waivers During Pandemic

April 16, 2020

The requests put the nation's special education administrators in conflict with disability rights advocates who fear waivers will place millions of special education students at risk.




OPINION

Ways to Handle Student Absences in Remote Teaching & When We're Back in School

April 16, 2020

Four educators share advice on dealing with student absences. These include trying to find out the real reasons behind the lack of attendance and building positive teacher/student relationships.




OPINION

What Coronavirus and the CARES Act Mean for School Budgets

April 16, 2020

Meant as a short-term relief measure, the federal CARES Act won't cover expenses for schools to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, says Georgetown economist Nora Gordon.




RAND Study: Online Resources Not Teachers' Top Choice Before Coronavirus Pandemic

RAND Study: Online Resources Not Teachers' Top Choice Before Coronavirus Pandemic

April 16, 2020

Before the massive rush to remote learning, most teachers used digital resources as supplements rather than primary materials, a RAND study shows.




College Board Cancels June SAT and Amps Up Fall Testing Schedule

April 15, 2020

To make up for lost opportunities for college admissions testing during the coronavirus crisis, the board plans to offer the test more often in the fall, including some test administrations during the school day.




Teacher-Candidates Will Be Able to Take the Praxis Certification Test at Home

Teacher-Candidates Will Be Able to Take the Praxis Certification Test at Home

April 15, 2020

States and testing vendors are trying to find solutions for teacher-candidates to get certified in order to prevent a disruption to the teacher pipeline.




For Schools, This Recession Will Be Worse Than the Last. Here's Why

For Schools, This Recession Will Be Worse Than the Last. Here's Why

April 15, 2020

Fiscal analysts now predict states will see a $500 billion shortfall in revenue next year. Cuts to the K-12 system will likely dwarf the spending cuts schools saw during the Great Recession.




States Face Thorny Issues in Deciding When to Reopen Schools Post-Pandemic

States Face Thorny Issues in Deciding When to Reopen Schools Post-Pandemic

April 15, 2020

They’ll have to balance health concerns, practical challenges in getting children back to class, and pressure to get schools open so parents can get back to work.




As Demand for Food Grows Under Coronavirus, Schools Step Up

As Demand for Food Grows Under Coronavirus, Schools Step Up

April 15, 2020

Districts are reconfiguring services, offering hazard pay, and partnering with food banks to keep up with a growing, unprecedented demand for food services during the school shutdown.




Why the Coronavirus Crisis Hits Teenagers Particularly Hard: Developmental Scientists Explain
OPINION

Why the Coronavirus Crisis Hits Teenagers Particularly Hard: Developmental Scientists Explain

April 15, 2020

Social distancing can interfere with the basic developmental needs of teenagers, write Leah Lessard and Hannah Schacter. Here’s what parents and educators can do to help.




What the Search for a Teaching Job Looks Like for College Seniors

What the Search for a Teaching Job Looks Like for College Seniors

April 15, 2020

Job fairs cancelled. Student teaching disrupted. Hiring in some places halted. How college seniors are adapting to a job search upended by the coronavirus pandemic.




OPINION

Helping ELLs Succeed in Distance Learning

April 15, 2020

Teacher Sarah Said offers suggestions about how teachers can better communicate with English-language learners when teaching online, including by modeling and offering empathy.




OPINION

Coronavirus and Schools: What PDK's Josh Starr Has to Say

April 15, 2020

How are teachers and education leaders dealing with the coronavirus? Former superintendent Josh Starr shares what he's heard.




When Will the Feds Get More Coronavirus Aid to Schools? Don't Wait Up

When Will the Feds Get More Coronavirus Aid to Schools? Don't Wait Up

April 15, 2020

When should the education community expect another round of emergency help from Washington? The CARES Act provides some possible clues.




New Database Catalogs Remote Learning Approaches in 82 Districts Closed by Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

The Center For Reinventing Public Education is collecting information on how school districts are working to educate more than 9 million students remotely.




The Inspiring Legacy of Flint's First Black Superintendent, Dead From Coronavirus

The Inspiring Legacy of Flint's First Black Superintendent, Dead From Coronavirus

April 14, 2020

Nathel Burtley, 79, was a lifelong educator who led the Flint, Mich., school system, paving the way for other African-American educators to become the heads of districts. He died earlier this month from the coronavirus.




Betsy DeVos Releases First Coronavirus Emergency Aid for K-12 Schools

Betsy DeVos Releases First Coronavirus Emergency Aid for K-12 Schools

April 14, 2020

The $3 billion earmarked for governors is the first CARES Act aid for K-12 education U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released.




Follow the Law on Privacy During COVID-19, FTC Tells Ed-Tech Companies

April 14, 2020

The FTC says companies should be aware of the applicability of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to remote learning, yet added that the statute shouldn't prevent innovation.




Thousands of Schools Are Falling Short on Students' Data Privacy Rights, Report Says

Thousands of Schools Are Falling Short on Students' Data Privacy Rights, Report Says

April 14, 2020

Parents and students can opt out from schools disclosing personal information, but many schools don't make that option clear to families.




K-12 Device 'Arms Race': Philly School District's 'Heaven Sent' Chromebooks for Coronavirus Closures

April 14, 2020

The Philly School District's story of how it acquired 40,000 new devices underscores a new reality: districts across the country are competing for every device available during the coronavirus-induced remote learning movement.




OPINION

Infographic: '7 Tips for Remote Teaching'

April 14, 2020

Teacher Wendi Pillars shares a visual illustration of the points made in Larry Ferlazzo's video, "7 Tips For Remote Teaching."




OPINION

Shutdown by Coronavirus: CCSSO Director on State Response

April 14, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Carissa Moffat Miller about how states are handling school shutdowns resulting from COVID-19.




How Will Coronavirus Affect School Spending? 9 Questions Answered

How Will Coronavirus Affect School Spending? 9 Questions Answered

April 13, 2020

No school district will escape the financial fallout brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are key questions and answers about what to expect in the turbulent months and years ahead.




Teachers, If You're Not OK Right Now, You're Not Alone
OPINION

Teachers, If You're Not OK Right Now, You're Not Alone

April 13, 2020

In desperately trying to be a superhero for my students, I underestimated the gravity of the coronavirus crisis, writes Hawaii teacher Lory Walker Peroff.




Los Angeles District Won't Reopen This School Year; Remote Learning to Continue

Los Angeles District Won't Reopen This School Year; Remote Learning to Continue

April 13, 2020

The nation's second largest district won't reopen for the remainder of the school year, joining New York City public schools in keeping buildings closed. It also plans to continue distance learning for its summer school options.




OPINION

Four Ways to Help Students Feel Intrinsically Motivated to Do Distance Learning

April 13, 2020

Larry Ferlazzo shares four ways to help students feel intrinsically motivated to participate in virtual learning, including by teachers' developing positive relationships with students and by creating opportunities for small-group independent work.




OPINION

Superintendents and the Coronavirus: Advice From a Prize-Winning Leader

April 13, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Duncan Klussmann about the challenges coronavirus has presented for school system leaders.




One School's Special Guest Speaker 'on the Zoom': Supreme Court Justice Breyer

April 13, 2020

Students at United Nations International School had a special guest as coronavirus concerns force them to converge on Zoom: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.




OPINION

Responding to Absenteeism During the Coronavirus Pandemic & Beyond

April 13, 2020

Four educators share strategies for responding to absenteeism—whether from remote learning or from the physical school. They include a reduced emphasis on negative consequences and a renewed focus on relationship-building.




OPINION

Assessments and Grading in the Midst of a Pandemic

April 13, 2020

Many teachers struggle with how to assess learning during the coronavirus crisis. Here are a few important aspects to think about and a few ways to meet your grading needs.




OPINION

Strategies to Support Some of Our Most Vulnerable Students Through Distance Learning

April 12, 2020

Three educators share advice on how to connect to some of our most vulnerable students, including English-language learners and those with no internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic.




New York City Schools Will Stay Closed for Academic Year, Mayor Says

April 11, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement, however, saying "no decision" had been made about reopening schools in New York City or elsewhere in the state.




Where Are They? Students Go Missing in Shift to Remote Classes

Where Are They? Students Go Missing in Shift to Remote Classes

April 10, 2020

As school shutdowns extend nationwide, educators are finding that some of their students have simply disappeared and efforts to reach their families are coming up short.




The Disparities in Remote Learning Under Coronavirus (in Charts)

April 10, 2020

As it's done with the country's health-care system, economy, and social safety net, the pandemic is exposing and exacerbating the deep inequities that have long shaped American public education.




National Survey Tracks Impact of Coronavirus on Schools: 10 Key Findings

National Survey Tracks Impact of Coronavirus on Schools: 10 Key Findings

April 10, 2020

The EdWeek Research Center is conducting twice-monthly surveys of teachers and district leaders across the country to help the K-12 system navigate these unprecedented times.





OPINION

The Coronavirus Just Might End School Privatization Nonsense

April 10, 2020

The pandemic has boosted appreciation for public schools; the next step is greater funding, argues education historian and activist Diane Ravitch.






Survey: Teens Are Worried About Coronavirus, Especially Teens of Color

April 10, 2020

Despite being at lower risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19, most teenagers are worried about the coronavirus and the effect it could have on themselves and their families.




Trump Says He Could Overrule a Governor to Keep Schools Closed, But Prefers Not to

Trump Says He Could Overrule a Governor to Keep Schools Closed, But Prefers Not to

April 10, 2020

Asked whether he would order Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep schools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said he wanted to respect constitutional considerations but added he had the "right" to overrule governors.




Public Pensions Have Lost $1 Trillion in Value. That's Bad News for Teacher Pay

April 10, 2020

States, school districts and teachers next year are likely to be on the hook for higher pension rates as the investment markets tank because of the coronavirus. That will leave districts with less money to spend on other K-12 priorities, including teacher pay.




6 Tips for Teaching Remotely Over the Long Haul of the Coronavirus

6 Tips for Teaching Remotely Over the Long Haul of the Coronavirus

April 9, 2020

The principal of a middle school in Hong Kong shares invaluable lessons for how to make remote learning work effectively over the long haul.




OPINION

What Will the Coronavirus Mean for Ed. Finance?

April 10, 2020

Rick Hess recently chatted with ed. finance guru Marguerite Roza about what the coronavirus and subsequent recession might mean for schools.




Coronavirus and School Research: a Major Disruption and Potential Opportunity

Coronavirus and School Research: a Major Disruption and Potential Opportunity

April 9, 2020

The pandemic is putting the kibosh on education research around the world, but it's also opening up opportunities to study new ways of learning in new environments.




The K-12 Educator's Guide to Safe and Effective Videoconferencing

The K-12 Educator’s Guide to Safe and Effective Videoconferencing

April 9, 2020

Videoconference platforms are useful for educators trying to maintain instruction and manage district priorities during extended shutdowns. This guide will help schools navigate concerns around technology, privacy, and security.




Betsy DeVos Urges Schools to Teach New Material Amid Coronavirus Turmoil

Betsy DeVos Urges Schools to Teach New Material Amid Coronavirus Turmoil

April 9, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she hopes that "students would not only maintain their current level of learning, but continue to expand."





OPINION

Video: 7 Tips for Parents Supporting Remote Learning

April 9, 2020

Larry Ferlazzo speaks directly to parents and offers 7 tips for supporting their children's learning journey during the school closure crisis.






Academically Speaking, the 'COVID Slide' Could Be a Lot Worse Than You Think

April 9, 2020

New projections suggest learning loss related to these pandemic-related school closures would be worse than the typical academic backsliding students experience over the summer break.




OPINION

Michael Sonbert on Strategies for Leading During Coronavirus

April 9, 2020

RHSU favorite Michael Sonbert has a few thoughts on how educational leaders can square up to the challenges of coronavirus that Rick Hess thought worth sharing.




OPINION

Five Ways to Boost Student Participation in Remote Learning

April 8, 2020

Helping students form habits and explaining they'll get a chance to see their friends are just two ways to motivate them to do their online learning, says educator and researcher Harry Fletcher-Wood.




School Closures May Go Into the Fall if Coronavirus Resurges, State Chiefs Warn

School Closures May Go Into the Fall if Coronavirus Resurges, State Chiefs Warn

April 8, 2020

Schools may have to continue closures in the fall if the coronavirus resurges, state schools chiefs in Maryland and Washington said. The warnings came the same week that a key federal official predicted schools would be able to reopen for the 2020-21 school year.




Amid Coronavirus Shutdown, States Tweak Graduation Requirements for Class of 2020

Amid Coronavirus Shutdown, States Tweak Graduation Requirements for Class of 2020

April 8, 2020

More than 30 states have already moved to create more flexible graduation requirements and more are poised to do so, as education leaders move swiftly to smooth the transition to school or work for this year’s senior class.




DATA

How Is Coronavirus Changing States' Graduation Requirements?

April 8, 2020

Track what states are doing to ease the educational disruptions facing the high school class of 2020, including reduced credit hours, canceled assessments, and portfolios and projects.




Hacked and Cut Off From the Public: This Is School Board Business in the Coronavirus Crisis

Hacked and Cut Off From the Public: This Is School Board Business in the Coronavirus Crisis

April 8, 2020

Social distancing is forcing school business to be conducted virtually, putting school boards in the difficult spot of making crucial decisions on spending and other issues without the same level of public input.




Amazing Cook for Austin, Texas Schools Dies From Coronavirus

'Amazing Cook' for Austin, Texas Schools Dies From Coronavirus

April 8, 2020

Patricia “Pati” Hernandez, 51, was a long-time food service worker who spent the last decade preparing student meals at Casis Elementary School in Austin.




What Happens to Student-Teachers Now? A Guide for Teachers

What Happens to Student-Teachers Now? A Guide for Teachers

April 8, 2020

You can still keep prospective teachers in the fold remotely, writes John Pascarella. Here are 7 steps to make it work.




Survey Finds Many Parents Shrug Off Coronavirus' Impact on Learning

April 8, 2020

There is also a sharp political divide in how concerned parents are about the impact of the coronavirus on their children's education, a Gallup survey shows.




Expectations for Online Student Behavior Vary During Coronavirus School Closures

Expectations for Online Student Behavior Vary During Coronavirus School Closures

April 8, 2020

As teachers tread into uncharted territory with an abrupt mass transition to remote learning, many are now having to decide: How much should they be enforcing school rules via webcam?




Just in Time: a Resource Hub on Remote Learning for Special Education Students

April 8, 2020

Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched a new resource hub and online network designed to help special educators during the coronavirus crisis.




Coronavirus Relief: These States Have Received Education Spending Waivers

April 8, 2020

Here's an updated list of states that have received federal education spending waivers from the U.S. Department of Education as they close schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.




Coronavirus School Closures: What U.S. Schools Can Learn From Other Countries

Coronavirus School Closures: What U.S. Schools Can Learn From Other Countries

April 8, 2020

A new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds key differences in how 89 countries are trying to support students in the face of disruptions from the novel coronavirus.




Stories to Make You Smile: Shining Stadium Lights to Honor High School Seniors
STORIES TO MAKE YOU SMILE

Shining Stadium Lights to Honor High School Seniors

April 8, 2020

Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.




OPINION

Five Ways to Boost Student Participation in Remote Learning

April 8, 2020

Helping students form habits and explaining they'll get a chance to see their friends are just two ways to motivate them to do their online learning, says educator and researcher Harry Fletcher-Wood.




OPINION

Nat Malkus on Tracking Coronavirus Closures & Responses

April 8, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Nat Malkus about his new nationally representative survey that tracks school district responses to the coronavirus.




INTERACTIVE

How School Funding Cuts Driven by the Coronavirus Could Affect Your State

April 7, 2020

Our interactive tool lets you see to what extent federal coronavirus emergency aid would mitigate state education budget cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.




Coronavirus Aid Might Not Prevent Cuts to School Funding, Analysis Shows

Coronavirus Aid Might Not Prevent Cuts to School Funding, Analysis Shows

April 7, 2020

Depending on how much states cut their own funding in the face of a downturn, the billions approved by Congress so far may not be enough to avoid reductions in per-pupil spending.




How Schools Will Overcome the Coronavirus Slide: Ideas From 5 Superintendents

How Schools Will Overcome the 'Coronavirus Slide': Ideas From 5 Superintendents

April 7, 2020

With many school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year—and more to follow—district leaders turn their attention to making up for what may be deep learning losses.




Parents as Emergency Teachers? The Research Offers Cautions and Opportunities for Schools
OPINION

Parents as Emergency Teachers? The Research Offers Cautions and Opportunities for Schools

April 7, 2020

Parents can be effective teachers, but they need the right kind of support from schools, write Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb.




Charter Schools Eye Coronavirus Relief Aimed at Small Businesses

Charter Schools Eye Coronavirus Relief Aimed at Small Businesses

April 7, 2020

Some advocates have urged charter schools to apply for small business assistance included in the CARES Act, the recently enacted $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.




STORIES TO MAKE YOU SMILE

A Middle School Choir's Daily Sing Along

April 7, 2020

Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.




Education Groups Seek Over $200 Billion in New Coronavirus Emergency Aid

Education Groups Seek Over $200 Billion in New Coronavirus Emergency Aid

April 7, 2020

The two national teachers' unions and other prominent groups are seeking $175 billion for state K-12 budgets, $13 billion in dedicated aid for special education, and more to help schools deal with the coronavirus.




Opinion

Chiefs for Change COO Weighs in on Challenges of Coronavirus

April 7, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Julia Rafal-Baer, the COO of Chiefs for Change, about how districts and systems are dealing with the challenges of coronavirus.




OPINION

Overcoming Apathy in Remote Teaching

April 7, 2020

"Tomorrow will come, and you should make every effort to meet it on your own terms to do what you can, for those you can, for as long as you can," says teacher Susan Scott.




Coronavirus School Closures Accelerate Utah’s Statewide Adoption of Nearpod

April 7, 2020

More than 658,000 students in the state now have access to Nearpod, an instructional platform that includes formative assessments.




Schools Concerned About Effects of Coronavirus on Census Participation

Schools Concerned About Effects of Coronavirus on Census Participation

April 6, 2020

Officials are concerned that the coronavirus crisis will hinder efforts to ensure a complete count on the U.S. Census, which is used to allocate billions of dollars of federal funding to schools.




An Unexpected Tool for Remote-Learning During Coronavirus: Public TV Stations

An Unexpected Tool for Remote-Learning During Coronavirus: Public TV Stations

April 6, 2020

The effort amounts to a low-cost alternative and readily accessible solution for schools that have been forced to develop and implement long-term online lesson plans on the fly.




New York City Schools Ban Zoom as Privacy Concerns Mount

April 6, 2020

The district is cracking down after an increase in privacy and security concerns around the popular videoconference platform.




Opinion

During Coronavirus Crisis, How Can State Leaders Help Schools?

April 6, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked with Carrie Conaway, Harvard lecturer and former Massachusetts state administrator, about the challenges coronavirus presents for state ed. departments.




Opinion

Three Podcasts Supporting Teachers During the Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

The podcasts feature 11 educators who share their advice on coping with some of the challenges posed by the COVID-19-sparked school closure crisis.




Opinion

Coronavirus Boot Camp: 4 Distance-Learning Leadership Lessons

April 5, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, schools suddenly found themselves in crisis. They need to go virtual, and go virtual today! Here's what one principal learned in the process.




Governors Urge Betsy DeVos: Give Us Coronavirus Aid and Guidance Quickly

April 4, 2020

"States need time to establish both structures to evaluate student needs and processes to rapidly deploy these funds," two governors told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about CARES Act aid.




Educators We’ve Lost to the Coronavirus

Educators We’ve Lost to the Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

In this memorial, we remember some of the dedicated educators lost to their communities and to the field.




Yes, You Can Do Trauma-Informed Teaching Remotely (and You Really, Really Should)

Yes, You Can Do Trauma-Informed Teaching Remotely (and You Really, Really Should)

April 3, 2020

During the coronavirus crisis, it's more important than ever to support students experiencing adversity, writes Brittany R. Collins. Here’s how to do so in an online environment.




Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools

Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools

April 3, 2020

Schools across the country are evaluating their engagement with the videoconferencing tool, with decisions varying from banning its use to figuring out how to use it safely.




Classroom Circle Time Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

Classroom 'Circle Time' Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 3, 2020

Virtual face time with teachers and classmates can be comforting for young children, experts say. Still, researchers caution against too much screen time.




Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 3, 2020

Tasked with getting remote learning up and running, teachers also face another challenge—maintaining the student relationships they've worked all year to grow.




Stories to Make You Smile: Teaching Through a Glass Door
STORIES TO MAKE YOU SMILE

Teaching Through a Glass Door

April 3, 2020

Sharing moments of levity from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.




How to Handle IEPs During the Coronavirus Crisis? Some Expert Advice

April 3, 2020

Very carefully, experts say, while understanding that federal laws governing special education were not written with online education in mind.




Opinion

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus: What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?

April 3, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked with the U.S. secretary of education about the federal response to the coronavirus and what she's doing at the Department of Education.





How Much Home Teaching Is Too Much? Schools Differ in Demands on Parents

April 2, 2020

While schools are closed to coronavirus, districts are putting together a patchwork of lessons for students to do at home. But districts’ expectations for what students can accomplish at home vary widely, according to parents.






During the Coronavirus Shutdown, Here's What Keeps This Principal Up at Night
Opinion

During the Coronavirus Shutdown, Here's What Keeps This Principal Up at Night

April 2, 2020

It's important to translate this period of waiting into action, writes New York City principal Lariely Sanchez.




It's Official: All States Have Been Excused From Statewide Testing This Year

It's Official: All States Have Been Excused From Statewide Testing This Year

April 2, 2020

Within three weeks, a pandemic has completely changed the national landscape on testing. The U.S. Department of Education has now excused all 50 states and the District of Columbia from the requirement that they test all their students in math and English/language arts.





WATCH: What It's Really Like for Homeschooling During Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine describe how they are adjusting to this new reality.






For Schools Serving as Emergency Childcare Centers, Costs Are Escalating

For Schools Serving as Emergency Childcare Centers, Costs Are Escalating

April 2, 2020

In some states, district administrators are pushing back against officials' demands that they reopen schools to serve as childcare centers.




Opinion

How to Deliver Deeper Learning During the Coronavirus Shutdown

April 2, 2020

Rick Hess recently reached out to Jal Mehta to get his take on how parents and teachers can cultivate deeper learning while scrambling to deal with worksheets, video connections, and the trevails of sheltering in place.




FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines to Help Schools During School Shutdowns

April 1, 2020

The FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.




Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call?

Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call?

April 1, 2020

Schools are wrestling with how to handle grading in a remote learning environment when not all students have reliable access to teachers, online resources, and parents who can help them.




Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices

Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices

April 1, 2020

School districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.




With New Revenue Projections, State, K-12 Leaders Brace for the Worst

April 1, 2020

Some state leaders fear cuts so deep next fiscal year that they're scrapping new initiatives and K-12 funding now.




STORIES TO MAKE YOU SMILE

Stuck at Home With the Class Hamster

April 1, 2020

Sharing moments of levity from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.




FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines to Help Schools During School Shutdowns

April 1, 2020

The FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.




Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

March 31, 2020

Amid coronavirus-related school closures, advocates worry Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may waive requirements of special education law if Congress signs off. Schools say it's difficult to meet some requirements during the pandemic.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: CRPE Chief Robin Lake on 82 Districts' Responses to School Closures

April 1, 2020

Rick Hess recently chatted with Robin Lake about CRPE's effort to track district responses to school closures in real time.




For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Puts Cyber Charters in the Spotlight

For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Puts Cyber Charters in the Spotlight

March 31, 2020

Virtual charters represent an imperfect model for the kind of remote learning school districts should be providing during school shutdowns, some experts argue.




Teachers Spring Into Action to Help Medical Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Teachers Spring Into Action to Help Medical Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Teams of teachers used their schools’ 3-D printers to make medical face shields and rounded up hand sanitizer and latex gloves to donate to local hospitals, clinics, and senior care facilities.




As Schools Close to Coronavirus, Special Educators Turn to Tele-Therapy

As Schools Close to Coronavirus, Special Educators Turn to Tele-Therapy

March 31, 2020

How can you keep occupational or speech therapy going online? Schools struggle to figure that out.




Student-Teachers in Limbo During School Shutdowns. Here's How States Can Help

Student-Teachers in Limbo During School Shutdowns. Here's How States Can Help

March 31, 2020

Teacher-preparation programs are rushing to figure out how to support teacher-candidates while still meeting state requirements, which are starting to be revised in some places.





Opinion

7 Tips for Remote Teaching

March 31, 2020

Larry Ferlazzo shares "7 Tips for Remote Teaching" in a new Education Week video.






What Obama's Stimulus Had for Education That the Coronavirus Package Doesn't

What Obama's Stimulus Had for Education That the Coronavirus Package Doesn't

March 31, 2020

The CARES Act includes less aid to help K-12 address coronavirus than the 2009 stimulus provided to schools to cope with the Great Recession. But it has something else many educators might appreciate.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Iconic Great City Schools Chief Mike Casserly on the Urban Response

March 31, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Mike Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, about how big-city schools are dealing with the coronavirus.




How Much Will the Massive Economic Stimulus Truly Benefit Ed Tech?

March 30, 2020

Because the economic rescue package will be used to cover so many district needs, the law will likely fall short in addressing many ed-tech priorities, a pair of advocates predict.




This Is Emergency Remote Teaching, Not Just Online Teaching
Opinion

This Is Emergency Remote Teaching, Not Just Online Teaching

March 30, 2020

There's a difference, writes online professor Natalie B. Milman. Here's what you should know about emergency remote teaching and learning.




How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School

How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School

March 30, 2020

Experts offer tactics to teachers on how they can tend to students’ SEL development a chaotic time and while learning from home.




The Lost Senior Year: Credits, Proms, Sports All in Jeopardy

March 30, 2020

The coronavirus closures are shaping a disruptive end to a tumultuous academic career for the Class of 2020.




During Coronavirus Crisis, Districts That Hire Teachers Online Have the Edge

During Coronavirus Crisis, Districts That Hire Teachers Online Have the Edge

March 30, 2020

Districts that can screen, interview, and select candidates virtually will have less disruption to their hiring, despite how coronavirus is upending every aspect of school operations.




Reading to Students Online Provides a Sense of Normalcy, Teachers Say

March 30, 2020

Here are tips for educators who are starting virtual read-aloud sessions for their students during school building closures.




What Coronavirus-Stricken Schools Want From the Feds Next: Online Learning Help

What Coronavirus-Stricken Schools Want From the Feds Next: Online Learning Help

March 30, 2020

One of the biggest pieces of unfinished business for education groups when it comes to federal help for the coronavirus is connectivity and online learning. But what's the state of play?




Virtual Education Dilemma: Scheduled Classroom Instruction vs. Anytime Learning

Virtual Education Dilemma: Scheduled Classroom Instruction vs. Anytime Learning

March 30, 2020

K-12 teachers are faced with a question many likely thought they'd never have to ask: How often during the school day do my students need to see me and when?




Opinion

Too Much, Too Quick? The New Educational World of Covid-19

March 30, 2020

During this time of COVID-19, many educators are offering parents a plethora of resources. But would everyone be better off if educators offered fewer resources?




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Former Supe Terry Grier on the Challenges of School Closures & Distance Learning

March 30, 2020

Rick Hess recently asked Terry Grier, who spent decades as a highly regarded superintendent in Houston, San Diego, and elsewhere, about what he's seeing and can share about the response to the coronavirus.




Opinion

Teacher Reflections on the School Closure Emergency

March 28, 2020

Four teachers share their reflections and practical advice on dealing with the school closure emergency, including trying to avoid multitasking and suggesting our students need more love than they need curriculum.




E-Learning Overload: 8 Tips Educators Can Give Frustrated, Anxious Parents

March 27, 2020

Many parents are having to take on a variety of new roles, from playing IT help desk to becoming makeshift teaching assistants to supervising recess.




DeVos Proposes 'Microgrants' for Students, Teachers During School Closures

DeVos Proposes 'Microgrants' for Students, Teachers During School Closures

March 27, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said such grants could help teachers with online learning as well as disadvantaged students in places where school systems have "simply shut down."




Schools Get $13.5 Billion in Coronavirus Package Signed Into Law

Schools Get $13.5 Billion in Coronavirus Package Signed Into Law

March 27, 2020

The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.




Here's What the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Means for K-12 Education

March 27, 2020

The massive aid package aimed at helping the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic includes both funding and regulatory flexibility focused specifically on schools and students.




COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them
Opinion

COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them

March 27, 2020

The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education, write John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz.




The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online

The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online

March 27, 2020

Already in crisis mode, K-12 schools must now figure out how to educate tens of millions of children stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.




Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed?

Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed?

March 27, 2020

Not every parent can step in as teachers when schools are closed. Not every school can teach remotely. Educational disparities are opening up as schools shut down.




States E-Learning Directives Pivot for the Long Haul

States' E-Learning Directives Pivot for the Long Haul

March 27, 2020

States are adjusting the policies and strategies designed for short- term remote instruction—like snow day plans—to support students for the rest of the school year.




What the Coronavirus Aid Bill Trump Signed Does for Education, in One Chart

What the Coronavirus Aid Bill Trump Signed Does for Education, in One Chart

March 27, 2020

President Donald Trump signed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus aid package that includes billions to help school budgets, but falls short of what many in the education community say students and educators will need.




Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grants Aim to Help Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grants Aim to Help Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

March 27, 2020

It's one of the first philanthropy announcements related specifically to responding to educational concerns that have emerged as schools respond to the coronavirus.




New Rule Lets Parents Pick Up Free Meals for Children During Coronavirus Closures

New Rule Lets Parents Pick Up Free Meals for Children During Coronavirus Closures

March 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a simple change to make it easier to serve free meals during mass school closures sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.




What Spending in Schools Looks Like During the Coronavirus

What Spending in Schools Looks Like During the Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

Spending on technology, cleaning supplies, and overtime pay for some staff has skyrocketed for many districts, while there have been some modest savings on substitute teachers and transportation.




Opinion

Building a 'Sense of Community' Online Among Teachers & Students

March 27, 2020

Four educators review strategies they've been applying in distance learning, including using "advisories" to build a sense of community and focusing on a small number of innovative tech tools.






Federal Lawmakers’ Rescue Package Includes Money for Remote Learning, Other K-12 Needs

March 27, 2020

The massive relief package does not include new dedicated funding for the E-rate program, which some lawmakers and tech advocates had sought.






Opinion

Instructional Coaching During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020

Four educators discuss the role of instructional coaching during school closures, including the importance of staying connected and supporting teachers' emotional health.






Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns

Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns

March 26, 2020

An unprecedented number of online interactions between teachers and students from their respective homes introduce new privacy questions that lack easy answers.




How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises

How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises

March 26, 2020

The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.




Lessons From a Homeschooling Researcher: What You Should Know Now
Opinion

Lessons From a Homeschooling Researcher: What You Should Know Now

March 26, 2020

Homeschooling isn't a decision to be taken on lightly, but COVID-19 just changed the calculus, writes Michael Q. McShane.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

March 26, 2020

As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.






Opinion

How to Find Resilience During This Difficult Time

March 26, 2020

The coronavirus has created a time of great stress. In this guest blog, Nancy Willard describes some ways to build resilience and get through this crisis in a more positive way.






Opinion

Assisting Students With Unique Needs as Schools Close Down

March 26, 2020

Four educators consider how to provide inclusive learning opportunities during the school closure crisis, including by keeping IEP goals in mind and by keeping things simple.






Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill With $13.5 Billion for Schools, DeVos Waiver Power

Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill With $13.5 Billion for Schools, DeVos Waiver Power

March 25, 2020

The bipartisan coronavirus Senate bill also has $3.5 billion for child-care grants and $750 million for Head Start, but does not have dedicated funding to help students connect to the internet.




Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers

Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers

March 25, 2020

As the coronavirus forces schools across the country to transition to remote learning, teachers are advised to stick to familiar educational resources, not unusual or unexpected ones.




Teachers in Limbo as Districts Rush to Boot Up Online Learning

Teachers in Limbo as Districts Rush to Boot Up Online Learning

March 25, 2020

While districts work through the challenges of getting remote instruction to all amid the coronavirus shutdown, teachers in many places plan, reach out to students, and wait.




Groups Urge DeVos to Pause Title IX Rulemaking as Schools Face Coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Advocacy and education groups urge a pause in efforts to rewrite regulations on responding to sexual harassment and sexual assault in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic.






5 Things District Leaders Should Brace for During a Recession

5 Things District Leaders Should Brace for During a Recession

March 25, 2020

As the economy widely shuts down to stop the spread of coronavirus, a school finance scholar advises district leaders on what to prepare for in a coming recession.




SOS: Coronavirus Fallout Leads Some Ed-Tech Nonprofits to Seek Donations for Surge in Demand

March 25, 2020

The sudden influx of thousands of new users is squeezing some ed-tech nonprofits' ability to deliver their services, prompting them to ask for more funding.






Opinion

The Do's & Don'ts of a Quick Switch to Remote Learning

March 25, 2020

Two educators who had to switch quickly to remote learning share their recommendations, including keeping in mind that parents are feeling overwhelmed and that we are teaching students, not the curriculum.






Bright Star Principal, 36, Dies From Coronavirus

'Bright Star' Principal, 36, Dies From Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

Dez-Ann Romain, a Brooklyn principal, is believed to be the first full-time, front-line educator to die from COVID-19.




Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services

Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services

March 24, 2020

Education Week has identified at least 15 school districts, serving more than 250,000 students combined, that have either suspended or altered their meal distribution programs due to coronavirus-related concerns.




What Our Children Need Most From Us Right Now
Opinion

What Our Children Need Most From Us Right Now

March 24, 2020

We must make sure our students' needs are met, and that they know they are safe, writes teacher Justin Minkel.




A Teacher's Diary of a Week of School Closure
Opinion

A Teacher's Diary of a Week of School Closure

March 24, 2020

It's hard to keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, especially when that perspective keeps shifting, writes New York City teacher Colin Lieu.




Idled High School Students Aren't Getting Much Homework Yet, Survey Finds

March 24, 2020

While parents say they aren't seeing students doing much homework, a new survey finds, they are optimistic their schools will re-open by fall.






Many Substitute Teachers Are Going Without Pay During School Closures

Many Substitute Teachers Are Going Without Pay During School Closures

March 24, 2020

School districts in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Calif., Fulton County, Ga., and other places have stopped paying their substitutes as school closures stretch on.




How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

March 24, 2020

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.




Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis

'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis

March 24, 2020

Three superintendents share the challenges and successes they've encountered as they oversee a radical re-orienting of their school systems to respond to the coronavirus crisis.




AERA Virtual Conference Off: 'The Situation Changed in Ways Unimaginable'

March 24, 2020

The nation's largest education research association calls off a virtual meeting that was intended to take the place of its long-running in-person conference.






Opinion

Supporting Multilingual Learners 'Through the Storm' of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Three educators of multilingual students share their strategies to manage the transition to online learning, including using translation apps to communicate with parents and maintaining a sense of community with their classes.






House Coronavirus Bill Would Direct Billions to Schools, Fund Remote Learning

House Coronavirus Bill Would Direct Billions to Schools, Fund Remote Learning

March 23, 2020

House coronavirus stimulus legislation would direct at least $15 billion to shore up K-12 budgets, $2 billion to support remote learning for students, and more.




Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures Up to the Governors

Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures 'Up to the Governors'

March 23, 2020

Asked about states' decisions to close schools in response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Monday that in some states, "schools are going to be open." He spoke after a second state, Virginia, extended its closures for the rest of the academic year.




Now Is No Time for Spectator Democracy
Opinion

Now Is No Time for Spectator Democracy

March 23, 2020

Social distancing is a civic duty, writes Jesús A. Tirado, but it can't be the extent of our political engagement during the pandemic.




S.C. to Send Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses Around State for Online Learning

S.C. to Send Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses Around State for Online Learning

March 23, 2020

Hundreds of buses could be used as mobile hotspots for remote learning with a particular focus on high-poverty and rural areas.




Students Petition Colleges for SAT and ACT Flexibility Due to Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Worried that coronavirus testing disruptions will harm their college applications, a coalition of student groups is calling on colleges and universities to accept applications without SAT or ACT scores when application season starts up again next fall.






New Warnings on Screen Time, as Students Nationwide Move to E-Learning

March 23, 2020

As millions of students nationwide start to settle into virtual learning programs to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a massive new research analysis sounds another note of caution about the effects of exposing significantly more screen time.






The Stimulus Package Will Help Families, But It Doesn't Go Far Enough
Opinion

The Stimulus Package Will Help Families, But It Doesn't Go Far Enough

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis that requires unprecedented measures to protect public health, including a financial safety net, writes John Bailey.




What Remote Learning Looks Like During the Coronavirus Crisis
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What Remote Learning Looks Like During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 23, 2020

We asked parents, students, and educators to share what their home learning environments look like as nearly all schools are shut down for extended periods.




End the School Year With Capstone Projects, Teachers' Union President Says

End the School Year With Capstone Projects, Teachers' Union President Says

March 23, 2020

"We're holding out hope we can bring a sense of completion and finality to kids and families and end this unprecedented year on a positive note," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.




Opinion

12 Critical Issues in Education Due to the Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult most of us have experienced in a very long time. The coronavirus has highlighted some critical issues in education, and we are all trying to find solutions.






Education Organizations Expect to Take Economic Hit From COVID-19. But Ed Tech May Catch a Break

March 23, 2020

As schools across the world turn to virtual learning during the coronavirus, some ed-tech organizations believe they could fare well in the long term.






Opinion

What Is & Is Not Working as Educators Transition to Online Learning

March 23, 2020

Four educators talk about what is and is not working as they transition to online learning, including the importance of taking time to plan and recognizing inequities.






The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

March 22, 2020

Pressure builds on Washington for stimulus aid to help schools weather the pandemic. Could distance learning, emotional support for students, and an education jobs fund for teachers get support?




Where Private Schools Stand on Coronavirus Closures

March 22, 2020

Some private schools in pockets of the country were not required to close until last week, and at least a few outliers remained open barring explicit orders to close.






Opinion

Ten Strategies for Teaching English-Language Learners Online

March 22, 2020

Four teachers offer specific suggestions for teaching English-language learners online, including by maintaining consistency and not overdoing it.






Amid Confusion, Feds Seek to Clarify Online Learning for Special Education Students

March 21, 2020

The Education Department says federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning to all students, including those with disabilities.






Opinion

Ways Educators Are Responding to School Closures

March 21, 2020

Five educators discuss ways to respond to the COVID-19 school shutdown crisis, including by listening, instead of talking, and by taking a step to "breathe."






DeVos Expected to Address State Testing at White House Briefing on Coronavirus

March 21, 2020

The education secretary is expected to speak at a White House coronavirus press briefing Sunday or Monday to discuss the cancellation of standardized testing for this school year.






Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees

Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees

March 20, 2020

Answers to how the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers, administrators, staff, and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.




With Schools Shut Down, What Happens to Hiring?

With Schools Shut Down, What Happens to Hiring?

March 20, 2020

April is usually peak hiring season in districts, but the coronavirus pandemic is already disrupting how candidates are screened and could grind overall hiring to a halt.




When Schools Shut Down, We All Lose

When Schools Shut Down, We All Lose

March 20, 2020

Thanks to the coronavirus epidemic, America is facing a school shutdown of historic proportions, deepening learning divides among students and taking away the centers of communities. Can we ever make up the lost learning time?




How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us
Opinion

How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us

March 20, 2020

Research suggests on average students don't learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.




Coronavirus Impact Puts Spotlight on States', Districts' 'Rainy Day' Funds

March 20, 2020

Already, states and districts are reaching into their piggy banks to spend on costs stemming from the coronavirus. A revenue downturn could make those accounts even more critical as a buffer.






FCC, Congress Weigh Overhaul of E-Rate to Fund Remote Learning

March 20, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission is engaging Congress to expand funding for in-home connectivity and devices for teachers and students grappling with the coronavirus crisis.






DeVos Announces Broad Waivers From Federal Testing Requirements as Schools Close for Coronavirus

DeVos Announces Broad Waivers From Federal Testing Requirements as Schools Close for Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had come under increasing pressure to let states waive federal testing mandates given the mass school closures caused by the spread of the coronavirus.




School Food Service Directors Fear Children Will Go Hungry During Coronavirus Crisis

March 20, 2020

The federal government has granted waivers and passed legislation to make it easier for schools to serve meals to students during coronavirus-related school closures, but the nation's food service directors are still worried that children will go hungry, a new national survey finds.






Advanced Placement Testing Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 20, 2020

The tests will be offered in 45-minute online exams, which students can take on one of two dates later this spring, the College Board announced on Friday.






Read This Guide to Meeting Students' Individual Needs With Remote Teaching

Read This Guide to Meeting Students' Individual Needs With Remote Teaching

March 20, 2020

Instructors teaching remotely should think about how to be flexible and offer students multiple avenues to complete tasks.




Opinion

Teachers Share Their Online-Teaching Plans

March 20, 2020

Four educators share their plans and hopes as they deal with school closures, including keeping things simple and using online tools to engage students.






Opinion

A Data Hound Weighs the Case for Canceling This Spring's State Tests

March 20, 2020

What would be the tradeoffs of canceling this spring's state tests? Rick Hess's friend and AEI colleague Nat Malkus has a few thoughts on that count that are well worth sharing.






How Does Coronavirus Affect Children? Here Are the Latest Findings

March 20, 2020

Children are less likely than adults to suffer severe symptoms from the new coronavirus, but it still affects them, according to the latest findings from Chinese researchers.






Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors

March 19, 2020

Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC.






Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma

Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma

March 19, 2020

A measure signed by President Trump could provide some short-term relief to school employees, but districts are scrambling to keep people working and getting paid during indefinite closures.




Districts Brace for Crash in State K-12 Revenue Due to Coronavirus

Districts Brace for Crash in State K-12 Revenue Due to Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

The fiscal impact from the pandemic could threaten everything from teacher raises and new programs to long-term efforts to overhaul school aid formulas, funding analysts warn.




Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

March 19, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act would give the education secretary the power to grant "national emergency educational waivers" from the Every Student Succeeds Act and other laws.




How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

March 19, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic pressing tens of thousands of the nation's school districts into extended closures, education administrators across the nation are wrestling with a complex and legalistic problem: how to keep services flowing for students with disabilities.




Rapid Deployment of Remote Learning: Lessons From 4 Districts

Rapid Deployment of Remote Learning: Lessons From 4 Districts

March 19, 2020

Chief technology officers are facing an unprecedented test of digital preparedness due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling with shortfalls of available learning devices and huge Wi-Fi access challenges.




School Leaders: Here's What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decisionmaking
Opinion

School Leaders: Here's What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decisionmaking

March 19, 2020

Rather than get trapped by fear and anxiety over decisionmaking during the pandemic, school leaders should embrace what the research tells us, writes Yinying Wang.




School Districts in 7 States Getting Remote Learning Help From Public Television

March 19, 2020

The still-expanding initiative with public media addresses the growing need for all students to continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic.






Opinion

Strategies for Teaching Online in the Age of the Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Four educators share how they are transitioning to online learning during the school closure crisis, including taking into account the importance of supporting students' social and emotional health.






Opinion

Advice for Education Providers Navigating Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Last week I penned a caustic column decrying the number of pitches I've received from education providers since COVID-19 began to shutter schools, writes Rick Hess. Here's some advice on how they could do better.






'There Is No Guidebook': Being the Principal in the Age of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Schools shut down by coronavirus is fundamentally changing the jobs of educators. Here's what 3 principals say their job looks like right now.






DeVos Exploring Broad Waiver Authority for States to Help Deal With Coronavirus

DeVos Exploring Broad Waiver Authority for States to Help Deal With Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

As coronavirus-related school closures stretch on, state school chiefs have pressed for expedited waivers from federal testing requirements and further guidance on equity for students with disabilities.




Trump Signs Coronavirus Bill With Provisions on Paid Leave, Student Meals

Trump Signs Coronavirus Bill With Provisions on Paid Leave, Student Meals

March 18, 2020

Emergency coronavirus legislation that eases rules for meals schools provide to students, and provides certain leave benefits related to schools has been sent by Congress to President Trump for signature.




Teacher Confessional: A View of the Coronavirus From Cleveland
Opinion

Teacher Confessional: A View of the Coronavirus From Cleveland

March 18, 2020

Reflecting on the new normal, Ohio educator Rebecca Simna writes, if teachers can make online learning as effective as the classroom, they've failed.




Teachers Scramble to Make Remote Learning Work

Teachers Scramble to Make Remote Learning Work: 'It's Very Stressful'

March 18, 2020

Now that most states have closed schools in response to the coronavirus, many teachers face the same question: Can we create a classroom community virtually?




Trump Seeks Emergency Coronavirus School Funding

Trump Seeks Emergency Coronavirus School Funding

March 18, 2020

In the president's proposal, schools would get access to over $100 million in emergency funding to address the coronavirus. It's one of several plans to address the affects of the virus on education.




Education Businesses Revamping Strategies in New Coronavirus Reality

March 18, 2020

As districts grapple with shutdowns caused by the coronavirus, companies are developing new strategies for inbound inquiries, social-media messaging, and product development.






Kansas First State to Close Schools for Rest of School Year Due to Coronavirus

Kansas First State to Close Schools for Rest of School Year Due to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

While Kansas was the first state to to announce school closures for the remainder of the 2019-20 K-12 school year, there are signs it might not be the last.




Coronavirus Compounds K-12 Cybersecurity Problems: 5 Areas to Watch

Coronavirus Compounds K-12 Cybersecurity Problems: 5 Areas to Watch

March 17, 2020

Cybersecurity experts have warned about coronavirus pandemic-related phishing scams targeting many sectors of the economy. Now, schools are being warned to be extra vigilant too.




Maintaining Ties When School Closes Is Critical to Preventing Dropouts

March 17, 2020

Students who were chronically absent or at risk of dropping out before the coronavirus outbreak are even more at risk now that schools are closed, experts say.






Superintendents to Trump Administration: Give Us Clear Direction on Closures

March 17, 2020

Superintendents want clarity amid a patchwork of responses from the state and federal governments on coronavirus closures.






I've Been Teaching Online for Years. Here's How to Prevent Burnout During a School Closure
Opinion

I've Been Teaching Online for Years. Here's How to Prevent Burnout During a School Closure

March 17, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a difficult adjustment to work from home. Online educator Kiesha Easley offers 5 strategies to protect your mental health.




English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes New Normal

English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes 'New Normal'

March 17, 2020

English-learners often lack access to technology at home, experts and educators say, and their teachers are less likely to assign them to use digital learning resources outside of class.




See Which States Have Cancelled Spring Tests Because of Coronavirus

See Which States Have Cancelled Spring Tests Because of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

Spring testing is being cancelled or delayed as the coronavirus closes tens of thousands of schools nationwide. EdWeek is tracking states' assessment plans.




EdWeek Graphic: Visualizing the School Shutdown Wave

EdWeek Graphic: Visualizing the School Shutdown Wave

March 17, 2020

It can be hard to grasp the sheer scale of school closures across the country due to the coronavirus. Here's a visualization of the growing reaction over time.




Providing Child Care During Coronavirus School Closures a Tough Question

Providing Child Care During Coronavirus School Closures a Tough Question

March 17, 2020

State and district leaders grapple with the question of whether to provide child care for children of health-care workers and others, while also keeping everyone safe during the coronavirus outbreak.




Democrats Unveil $3 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package for Education

Democrats Unveil $3 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package for Education

March 17, 2020

The Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act would provide mandatory funding to support K-12 as well as institutions of higher education.




Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers

Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers

March 17, 2020

How can parents make sure their kids are still learning, carve out time for their own work, discover their inner teacher, and stay sane? EdWeek turned to the foremost experts for their pro tips: Home schooling parents.




6 Things Districts Want From Education Companies During COVID-19

March 17, 2020

During the coronavirus crisis, education companies reaching out to overwhelmed districts need to behave with empathy and sensitivity.






Opinion

Secretary DeVos, It's Time to Scratch the 2020 State Tests

March 17, 2020

Madam Secretary, it's time for you to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone, writes Rick Hess.






Trump Urges 'Schooling From Home' to Combat Coronavirus

Trump Urges 'Schooling From Home' to Combat Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by telling people to avoid coming to school.




Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures

Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures

March 16, 2020

Many are whipsawed by shutdown recommendations aimed at stemming the coronavirus, and the logistical and financial consequences of those actions.




Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures
Opinion

Remember, Online Learning Isn't the Only Way to Learn Remotely

March 16, 2020

It will take more than online tools to activate student learning during a school closure. Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui offers five sample assignments.




It's Not Just a 'Digital Divide': Survey Shows Variations in Districts' Coronavirus Response

March 16, 2020

Whether it's cleaning facilities or communicating with the community, our survey shows wide variation in districts' capacity to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.






Coronavirus Throws Spring Testing Into Disarray

Coronavirus Throws Spring Testing Into Disarray

March 16, 2020

As thousands of schools are shuttered nationwide to stem the spread of coronavirus, state leaders are wrestling with a dilemma: should they administer state tests or cancel them?




Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During Coronavirus School Closures

Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During School Closures

March 16, 2020

To help ease the transition to remote instruction, educators have launched virtual professional learning communities to share resources, ask questions, and give advice.




Opinion

Five Thoughts on the Coronavirus and Schools

March 16, 2020

The coronavirus has upended our lives. Now, I know nothing about epidemiology or public health, writes Rick Hess. But the impact on schooling has been enormous, and that is an area I know something about.






Which States Have Closed Schools for Coronavirus?

March 14, 2020

Here are the states that have shut down K-12 schools because of the coronavirus.




Out for Weeks: Schools and Students Amid Coronavirus
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Out for Weeks: Schools and Students Amid Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Coronavirus is disrupting every facet of American life, including millions of students who will be out of school for several weeks.






School Closures for Coronavirus Could Extend to the End of School Year, Some Say

March 15, 2020

New York City schools have closed for a month, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio's concerns over an extended closure.





Coronavirus Might Upend State Laws on School Year's Length and Timing

March 15, 2020

The coronavirus could severely test state laws for how many days schools must be in session and when they must stop and start, and major consequences such as levels of education funding could hang in the balance.





Opinion

School Closures and COVID-19. Perhaps It's Time to Cancel High-Stakes Testing, Too?

March 15, 2020

Schools are cancelling, rates of COVID-19 are increasing right now, and it's time for schools to focus on online learning and calming the social-emotional issues of students. So, why do we still have to worry about high-stakes testing?






Millions Will Be Out of School for Weeks Due to Coronavirus. It May Not Be Long Enough

Millions Will Be Out of School for Weeks Due to Coronavirus. It May Not Be Long Enough

March 13, 2020

The scope of school shutdowns nationwide is unprecedented, but new federal guidance suggests two to three weeks may not be enough time to effectively drive down virus transmission.






Coronavirus Bill With Job Protections From School Closures, Relaxed Meal Rules Advances

March 14, 2020

The House passes legislation to make it easier for more students to access meals amid spread of COVID-19, and up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for many workers if a child's school has been closed.





Four of Every 10 Districts Not Ready for Remote Learning During Coronavirus Outbreak, Survey Shows

March 14, 2020

Many school districts say they lack the ability to provide broad-based e-learning during the ongoing public-health crisis, according to a new Education Week Research Center survey.





Superintendent to Education Companies: Cool It With Coronavirus-Related Product Pitches

March 14, 2020

Highline Public Schools chief Susan Enfield's district is weighing how to provide print and online resources to students during the coronavirus outbreak, but she's heard enough from companies marketing their products.






Long School Closures Could Cost U.S. Billions, Cut Health-Care Capacity

March 13, 2020

If school closures extend a month or spread nationwide, it could cost the U.S. economy some $50 billion, says a new study by a pair of economists.





How COVID-19 Feels to Those in Schools: An Education Roundup
OPINION

How COVID-19 Feels to Those in Schools: An Education Roundup

March 13, 2020

Administrators, educators, and students from around the country share how the pandemic feels in their districts.







State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now
OPINION

State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now

March 13, 2020

With states closing schools around the country, state and district education leaders on the front lines are battling a range of challenges, writes Mike Magee, Chiefs for Change’s CEO.







What Happens to Student Teachers When Schools and Colleges Close Due to Coronavirus?

What Happens to Student Teachers When Schools and Colleges Close Due to Coronavirus?

March 13, 2020

Student-teachers are grappling with uncertainty over housing, graduation requirements, and their ability to meet requirements for the edTPA licensing test.







To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

March 12, 2020

District leaders face a complex calculus in deciding whether to shutter schools to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here are some of the factors they must consider.








VIDEO

National Survey Shows Schools Aren't Ready to Provide Remote Learning

March 12, 2020

To get a handle on how schools are preparing and responding to coronavirus, EdWeek surveyed over 1,000 district and school leaders.






My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus
OPINION

My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Students are understandably anxious about COVID-19. Teachers must address those fears in age-appropriate and educational ways, writes 4th grade teacher Ivy Higgins.







Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

March 12, 2020

School and district closures as a result of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into efforts to drive down rates of student absences.







New Fodder for Social Media Hoaxes in School Communities: Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

As they struggle to prepare for the spread of the new coronavirus, some districts are also having to deal with pranksters putting out fake messages about school closings.





States Ordering Schools to Close in Response to Coronavirus

States Ordering Schools to Close in Response to Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

"We have a responsibility to save lives," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Twitter. "We could have waited to close schools, but based on advice from health experts, this is the time to do it."







DeVos Issues Coronavirus Guidance to Schools on Testing, Privacy, Students With Disabilities

March 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issues guidance addressing student data privacy, testing schedules, students with disabilities, and accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.





As Coronavirus Disrupts Schools, K-12 Vendors Face Balancing Act

March 12, 2020

Many district purchasing cycles are locked in, but vendors still face big uncertainties over the coming weeks and months.





How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus

How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus (If You Have Them)

March 11, 2020

School nurses are critical partners and advisers to school leaders who are managing responses to the coronavirus outbreak. Here are ways schools should deploy nurses, if they have them.







Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered

Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered

March 11, 2020

How likely are children to contract and spread the new strain of coronavirus? What steps should schools take to protect them?







Lawmakers Seek to Protect Access to School Meals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawmakers Seek to Protect Access to School Meals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11, 2020

Members of Congress have introduced bills designed to ensure that students who rely on federally subsidized meals can still receive them amid school closures related to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.







OPINION

How One Ed-Tech Startup Is Approaching Operations Amid Swell of Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Uncertainty is a fact of life for ed-tech startup leaders, but the coronavirus is presenting entrepreneurs with unique challenges.





ASU GSV Summit Postponed Until the Fall

March 11, 2020

The popular event, originally scheduled to begin later this month, will be postponed until Sept. 29-Oct. 1.





If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?

If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?

March 10, 2020

Sick leave. Paid time off. Sharing unused leave among employees. These are some of the biggest issues for districts to grapple with as they plan for shutting down schools in response to the coronavirus.







How Education Companies Are Adjusting to the Coronavirus Threat

March 10, 2020

While many education businesses say they've seen no immediate disruption in their business cycles, they say prolonged upheaval could affect product testing, onboarding, and overall strategy.







Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools

March 3, 2020

A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.







Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students

Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students

March 9, 2020

A major dilemma for schools shutting down for coronavirus is how to keep providing meals to students who rely on them for their daily nutrition.







6 Lessons Learned About Remote Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

6 Lessons Learned About Remote Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 9, 2020

Northshore School District teachers, parents, and students practiced remote learning in advance of the district's closure for two weeks.







Coronavirus and Education Conferences: What's Canceled

Coronavirus and Education Conferences: What's Canceled

March 7, 2020

A running list of major education and ed-related conferences being called off because of coronavirus.







AERA Cancels In-Person Conference Due to Coronavirus. The Event Will Be Held Virtually

AERA Cancels In-Person Conference Due to Coronavirus. The Event Will Be Held Virtually

March 7, 2020

The world's largest education research group said it will work to convert much of the annual meeting into a virtual experience for attendees and presenters.








VIDEO

Responding to Coronavirus: A 3-Minute Guide for Schools

March 6, 2020

6 steps for school leaders on how to respond if the virus emerges in your community.






Teaching About Coronavirus: 3 Lesson Plans for Science, Math, and Media Literacy

March 6, 2020

As the virus continues to spread, some teachers have made COVID-19 a focus of their lessons, in attempts to explain the facts and debunk rumors.







Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools

Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools

March 5, 2020

E-learning may help some schools keep instruction flowing but major gaps in access and resources mean not all schools are ready to offer virtual classes, and not all students are equipped to learn online.







What's at Stake When Schools Close for the Coronavirus? A Bioethicist Weighs In
OPINION

What's at Stake When Schools Close for the Coronavirus? A Bioethicist Weighs In

March 5, 2020

Public health decisions about COVID-19 shouldn't come at the expense of our poorest students and their parents, writes Johns Hopkins University's Ruth R. Faden.







Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus?

Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

As communities around the country record new cases of coronavirus, schools are grappling with tough questions about how to respond, senators told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.







Feds Warn Schools About Bullying Over Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

Coronavirus-related harassment and other mistreatment of students based on racial or ethnic stereotypes is "never justified," Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus told schools in a letter.







A Coronavirus Outreach Plan: 5 Steps for District Leaders
OPINION

A Coronavirus Outreach Plan: 5 Steps for District Leaders

March 4, 2020

When dealing with worried parents, consistent messaging must be an essential part of responding to the threat of COVID-19, writes Katie Test Davis.







Closing Schools Saved Lives During the Spanish Flu. Can It Work for Coronavirus?

Closing Schools Saved Lives During the Spanish Flu. Can It Work for Coronavirus?

March 4, 2020

Closing American schools earlier and for a longer period of time blunted the impact of the Spanish Flu in 1918, according to researchers. But in 2020, shuttering schools for a prolonged period to prevent spread of COVID-19 would also bring steep costs to communities.







How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus

March 3, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, teachers are put in the hard spot of educating students about prevention without scaring them.







Schools Should Minimize Disruption Over Coronavirus, CDC Official Says

Schools Should 'Minimize Disruption' Over Coronavirus, CDC Official Says

March 3, 2020

In the face of the coronavirus, schools might need to change how they operate but should also resist significantly disrupting the lives of students and educators, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official tells U.S. senators.







Downloadable Guide

Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools

March 3, 2020

A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.







How to Respond to Coronavirus: 6 Steps for Schools

How to Respond to Coronavirus: 6 Steps for Schools

March 2, 2020

Here are key steps for district and school leaders to follow if coronavirus hits your community.







How Education Conferences Are Grappling With the Coronavirus Threat

March 2, 2020

How are major education conferences, such as ASU GSV, AERA, and CoSN, dealing with the coronavirus? EdWeek offers a roundup of where things stand.







9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus

9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases have now directly hit U.S. schools. Here’s what school leaders need to know right now about the virus.







Coronavirus Hits Schools: High School Student, School Employee Feared Infected

Coronavirus Hits Schools: High School Student, School Employee Feared Infected

February 29, 2020

A high school student in Washington state and a school employee in the Portland, Ore., area have tested "presumptive positive" for coronavirus, prompting shutdowns of their school buildings for disinfection.







School Districts Urged to Be Candid About Coronavirus Plans

School Districts Urged to Be Candid About Coronavirus Plans

February 28, 2020

The AASA, the School Superintendents Association, told districts to consider canceling overseas trips, teach proper hand-washing techniques, and be careful not to stigmatize students amid coronavirus concerns.







Coronavirus and School Closures: What Are the Legal, Logistical Issues?

February 28, 2020

Researchers and experts say states have authority to shut schools down if needed in case of a health emergency like a pandemic, but in the words of one, it’s “not like turning a light switch on or off.”







Japan to Close Schools Nationwide to Control Spread of Virus

Japan to Close Schools Nationwide to Control Spread of Virus

February 27, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March to help control the spread of the new virus in the country.







Are Schools Ready for Coronavirus? Trump Says They Should Be

Are Schools Ready for Coronavirus? Trump Says They Should Be

February 26, 2020

Districts around the country are starting to mobilize emergency response plans in case coronavirus starts to spread in U.S. communities.







Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus Outbreaks, CDC Officials Warn

Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus Outbreaks, CDC Officials Warn

February 25, 2020

A CDC official said people "should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures."







Education Companies Set Back by China’s Coronavirus Crisis

Education Companies Set Back by China’s Coronavirus Crisis

February 20, 2020

Ed-tech companies viewing the spread of the coronavirus are bracing for the scarcity of components made in China where many factories are shuttered.







If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

February 14, 2020

Schools and tech companies in the U.S. and abroad have experience deploying virtual learning should a coronavirus emergency arise.







Teachers' Union Issues Coronavirus Recommendations for Schools, Calls on Feds to Do More

February 4, 2020

The head of the American Federation of Teachers is calling on the Trump Administration to provide educators and other groups of professionals who deal closely with the public more guidance on how to respond to the growing coronavirus threat.







Coronavirus: How Some Schools Are Responding

Coronavirus: How Some Schools Are Responding

January 29, 2020

So far, there are a handful of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, but at least two schools have had scares. Some districts are stressing basic, but important prevention strategies, including frequent hand washing.