Special Report

Keeping Students and Teachers Motivated & Engaged

January 6, 2021
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As we kick off the second half of the hardest school year in modern history, teachers are battling low morale and exhaustion as the prospect of any widespread return to normal schooling looks unlikely until the fall of 2021. At the same time, students—especially those in remote learning—are dealing with sluggish levels of motivation.

This special reporting series illuminates the toll the pandemic has taken on the psyche of teachers and students, and explores some thoughtful and creative solutions schools can try to confront flagging spirits and disengagement.
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