Why Teachers Are Buzzing About Bitmoji Classrooms

Many teachers who will be leading classes remotely are building colorful virtual environments for students featuring avatar versions of themselves. Some districts even mandate trainings on how to create them. (July 31, 2020)

Map: Where Has COVID-19 Closed Schools? Where Are They Open?

This national map will track each state’s mandates or recommendations on K-12 school closures and openings related to the coronavirus. (July 29, 2020)

Could the 'Pandemic Pod' Be a Lifeline for Parents or a Threat to Equity?

(July 30, 2020)

Schools Need Extra Supplies Since Kids Can't Share. Teachers Are Paying

(July 31, 2020)

Anthony Fauci to Teachers: You'll Be 'Part of the Experiment' in Reopening Schools

(July 28, 2020)

Opinion

Defund the Police? We've Been Doing That to Education for Years

Bloated police budgets have absorbed dollars better spent on education. Good schools help prevent crime, argues Stephon J. Boatwright. (July 30, 2020)

7 Research-Based Suggestions for What Schools Should Do Next

More than 400 researchers have found agreement on how policymakers and educators should respond during the pandemic. (July 29, 2020)

Steps to Make Your Students Feel Welcome This Fall

Three teachers explain how they are going to start the COVID-19-affected new school year, including by sending videos or letters to students before classes begin. (July 31, 2020)

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Yearly Reports

Nation Gets a 'C' on School Finance, Even as Economic Downturn Takes Hold

Quality Counts 2020

This second of three Quality Counts 2020 installments provides national rankings and state-by-state grades on school finances at a time when school leaders prepare to navigate the fiscal crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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State News and Resources

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FEATURED VIDEO

Try This at Home: Science Experiments for All Ages

Science teacher Jonte Lee offers a series of experiments for students from elementary through high school to try at home, under parental supervision, using supplies they likely already have on hand.

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Digital Directions

Schools Handed Out Millions of Digital Devices Under COVID-19. Now, Thousands Are Missing

Some districts are scrambling to account for thousands of devices—a task made more urgent by the uncertainty over when students will be able to return to school buildings full-time. (July 23, 2020)

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Teacher

Worried Teachers Want to Know: What Happens If I Get Sick?

In many places, teachers are preparing to head back into classrooms without any guarantee that they will stay healthy. Some are leaving their jobs rather than take the risk. (July 29, 2020)

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Market Brief

New Survey of Districts Gives Companies Direction on Addressing Racial Inclusion, Bias

An EdWeek Market Brief survey of district officials and teachers asked about steps they believe K-12 companies should take to improve racial inclusion and diversity. This story is from EdWeek Market Brief, a service offering business and school leaders actionable insights about the K-12 marketplace. (July 16, 2020)

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