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Special Education How Will Schools Pay for Compensatory Services for Special Ed. Students?
States’ efforts so far suggest there won’t be enough money to go around for all the learning losses of students with disabilities from COVID-19 school shutdowns.
Corey Mitchell, November 10, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Triaging for Trauma During COVID-19
Even with remote learning, there are steps schools can take to reach stressed-out students without pathologizing them.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 2, 2020
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States Nation's Schools Get a 'C' Once Again, Even as Pandemic Turns Up the Heat
New Jersey leads the states on Quality Counts 2020’s summative rankings based on previous years’ data. But the annual report card shows plenty of work needed all around as the pressure mounts.
Sterling C. Lloyd & Alex Harwin, September 1, 2020
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Student Achievement Students Lost Time and Learning in the Pandemic. What 'Acceleration' Can Do to Help
A strategy that gives more learning time in small groups of students without taking time away from core instruction.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 19, 2020
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School & District Management How Layoffs Upend Life for Educators, Students, and Districts
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020
13 min read
Principal Kristina MacBury of Sarah Pyle Academy in Wilmington, Del., checks in with a student from her home office.
Principal Kristina MacBury of Sarah Pyle Academy in Wilmington, Del., checks in with a student from her home office.
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Student Well-Being Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mounting Mental-Health Needs
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.
Arianna Prothero, May 1, 2020
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Teresa Kaufman, right, an art teacher at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, Mass., loses a round of “rock, paper, scissors” during an icebreaker at an SEL workshop held for teachers who work in the Andover school district.
Teresa Kaufman, right, an art teacher at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, Mass., loses a round of “rock, paper, scissors” during an icebreaker at an SEL workshop held for teachers who work in the Andover school district.
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Professional Development The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers
Too often, teachers are asked to use SEL practices without enough training and ongoing support, tanking the effectiveness.
Madeline Will, April 7, 2020
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The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
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Meeting District Needs Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices
School districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.
David Rauf, April 1, 2020
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Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short news stories from this week.
February 11, 2020
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States Educational Opportunities and Performance in Massachusetts
This Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 21, 2020
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School & District Management This State Leads the Pack in Nurturing Most Students. Can It Help the Rest?
Massachusetts ranks high in laying the groundwork for moving through its educational system, but officials are keenly aware that children in poverty, those with special needs, and English-learners can fall short.
Arianna Prothero, January 21, 2020
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Every Student Succeeds Act States Gear Up to Overhaul K-12 Funding in 2020
The political landscape for updating school finance systems won’t be any easier in the 2020 legislative season, despite a surging economy, state flexibility under ESSA, and single-party control in many states.
Daarel Burnette II, December 3, 2019
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Federal Deval Patrick, Obama Education Ally, Announces Presidential Run
A businessman, Patrick served two terms as governor of Massachusetts and has credited education with his own dramatic rise to success.
Evie Blad, November 14, 2019
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Assessment Could Testing Wreck Civics Education?
As civic education undergoes a renaissance in schools, educators are looking beyond standardized tests to determine whether the lessons empower students to embrace civic behaviors, like voting or volunteering.
Catherine Gewertz, September 17, 2019
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