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A Black man in jeans and a tan, short-sleeve shirt and navy pants holds a cell phone to his ear with one hand while he uses his other hand to drag a large grey trash can filled with water from a nearby tanker truck across a school parking lot.
Santonia Matthews, a custodian at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Miss., hauls away a trash can filled with water from a tanker in the school's parking lot Wednesday. A recent flood worsened Jackson's longstanding water system problems, forcing schools to switch to remote learning.
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School & District Management Emergency Readiness Lessons From a District's Water Crisis
District leaders in Jackson, Miss., relied on "muscle memory" to get kids back in remote learning when the city's water system failed.
Evie Blad, September 2, 2022
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Photograph of a young girl reading, wearing headphones and working at her desk at home with laptop near by.
Some school districts are ending their remote learning programs because they were not nearly as effective as in-person instruction.
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Classroom Technology So Long, Remote Learning: Why Some Districts Are Ending Virtual Options
More than one-third of a sample of 100 school districts are not offering full-time remote learning options this school year.
Lauraine Langreo, September 2, 2022
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Student Achievement Students' Pandemic-Related Academic Loss Has Slowed for Some, Research Finds
The new analysis found that students who experienced longer periods of remote learning were farther behind academically.
Ileana Najarro, August 25, 2022
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School & District Management Statistics Update: New Trends in Enrollment, Virtual Schooling, and Special Education
New data in EdWeek's statistics pages point to changes in where students are attending school and the services they're getting.
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Teacher Preparation How Teacher-Prep Programs Should Help Future Educators Adapt to Crisis and Change
The pandemic threw teachers into chaos and asked them to make sense of it for students.
Mark Lieberman, June 29, 2022
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Young girl looking bored during online class at home.
Classroom Technology What Schools Really Learned From Remote Learning
A new report looks back at the 2020-21 school year to draw conclusions.
Mark Lieberman, June 27, 2022
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Students in a computer class with worksheets and laptops.
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Classroom Technology What Are the Barriers to Better Use of Technology in Special Education?
Researchers identify what special education teachers need to use technology more effectively.
Lauraine Langreo, June 27, 2022
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High school boy doing homework from his mobile phone in his room.
A Pew Research Center survey, conducted April 14 to May 4, examines teens’ and parents’ views on virtual learning and the pandemic’s impact on academic achievement.
Classroom Technology The 'Homework Gap' Persists. Tech Equity Is One Big Reason Why
A Pew Research Center survey found that lack of access to technology continues to disproportionately affect students of color.
Lauraine Langreo, June 7, 2022
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Photograph of young boy reading.
English-Language Learners Virtual Learning Made Persistent Problems Worse for English-Learners
But some solutions also existed pre-pandemic—and it's up to districts to put them into action, a pair of reports conclude.
Ileana Najarro, June 3, 2022
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical
Ready teachers for the rigors of the classroom—how to plan lessons, differentiate instruction, and all the elements of educating students.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 16, 2022
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Teaching Teachers Struggled to Stem 'Learning Loss' During Pandemic, GAO Finds
A report documents teachers' concerns about students losing academic ground during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evie Blad, May 12, 2022
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People look at a crater created by a Russian rocket attack in a school yard in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022.
People look at a crater created by a Russian rocket attack in a school yard in Dobropillya, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, in April.
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Teaching How U.S. Teachers Are Helping Ukrainian Students 'Half a World Apart'
Teachers at a U.S.-based virtual school share what it's like to teach students in a war-torn country.
Ariel Gans, May 10, 2022
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Arial illustration of a diverse group of kids sitting in a circle with their teacher and surrounded by laptops and zoom windows all around them.
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Classroom Technology 5 Ways to Use Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
Here's an outline of the priorities schools need to address, with links to helpful resources.
Lesly Moore, April 29, 2022
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