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December 9, 2020

Education Week, Vol. 40, Issue 16
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Teaching Profession How Teachers' Unions Are Influencing Decisions on School Reopenings
With coronavirus cases surging, labor groups are often pushing for a conservative approach to getting teachers and kids back in buildings.
Madeline Will, December 2, 2020
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
December 9, 2020
8 min read
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School & District Management No More Snow Days, Thanks to Remote Learning? Not Everyone Agrees
An increasing number of schools are replacing snow days with remote learning, but some plan to stick with the snow day tradition for now.
Mark Lieberman, November 23, 2020
5 min read
Student Well-Being Explainer How Should Schools Quarantine Students Exposed to Coronavirus? An Explainer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing its quarantine guidelines for people who had close contact with COVID-19.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 3, 2020
4 min read
President-elect Joe Biden puts on his face mask at a November event in Wilmington, Del.  Biden has promised clear guidance for schools about responding to COVID-19, but he will face political divisions in addressing the issue.
President-elect Joe Biden puts on his face mask at a November event in Wilmington, Del. Biden has promised clear guidance for schools about responding to COVID-19, but he will face political divisions in addressing the issue.
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Federal What Educators Need to Hear From Biden on COVID-19
Consistent, science-based messaging is crucial, but the new administration still faces political headwinds and a skeptical public.
Evie Blad, December 3, 2020
10 min read
School & District Management What Principals Have Learned From COVID-19's 'Stress Test'
Researchers interviewed scores of principals in 19 states on how they’ve coped and the lessons they’re taking away from the pandemic.
Denisa R. Superville, November 18, 2020
9 min read
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Data Using Student Data to Identify Future Criminals: A Privacy Debacle
A police department uses sensitive school data to keep a secret list of students it deems as at risk of engaging in criminal behavior.
Mark Lieberman, November 24, 2020
8 min read
Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
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Curriculum Theater Educators Struggle to Keep Shows Going Amid COVID-19
Convinced that the show must go on, high school theater troupes are turning to livestreamed shows, outdoor performances, and radio plays.
Corey Mitchell, November 24, 2020
8 min read
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School & District Management From Our Research Center Schools Grapple With Substitute Teacher Shortages, Medical Leave Requests, Survey Finds
The demand for substitute teacher positions is outpacing the supply, and the quality of those applying is a concern in many places.
Holly Kurtz, November 24, 2020
6 min read
Jill Biden, wife of President-elect Joe Biden, in a classroom at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington, Del., during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jill Biden, wife of President-elect Joe Biden, in a classroom at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington, Del., during the 2020 presidential campaign.
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Teaching Profession 'One of Your Own in the White House': A History of Teacher First Ladies and Presidents
Jill Biden won't be the first educator to live in the White House. Here are the other 19 teachers who became presidents and first ladies.
Madeline Will, November 18, 2020
10 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Remote Learning Cuts Into Attendance. Here Are Remedies
Data suggest low-income communities are hit much harder than affluent ones, writes researcher Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, December 3, 2020
5 min read
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Social Studies Opinion We Americans Risk Losing the Ability to Govern Ourselves. Better Civics Education Can Help
The ability to discern fact from fiction and to recognize reliable news is fundamental, writes News Literacy Project's Charles Salter.
Charles Salter, November 24, 2020
4 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion When Social-Emotional Learning Is Misused
Your school's SEL practices could be driving inequity, warn educators Eve Colavito and Kalila Hoggard.
Eve Colavito & Kalila Hoggard, December 11, 2020
5 min read