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Early Childhood What the Research Says Starting School After the Pandemic: Youngest Students Will Need Foundational Skills
The earliest grades saw the biggest enrollment drops in 2020-21. Experts say these students will need significant help come fall.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 21, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says CDC: Lags in Childhood Vaccines Could Spark Outbreaks in Other Illnesses
Regular childhood immunizations haven't caught up to pre-COVID-19 levels, and schools are urged to take steps now to stem outbreaks.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 17, 2021
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Equity & Diversity From Our Research Center What Do Teachers Think About Discussing Racism in Class? We Asked Them
The new nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey also asked educators whether they believe systemic racism exists.
Ileana Najarro, June 16, 2021
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Kindergarten students wear masks and are separated by plexiglass during class at Milton Elementary School, in Rye, N.Y. on May 18, 2021.
Kindergarten students wear masks and are separated by plexiglass during class in May at Milton Elementary School, in Rye, N.Y.
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Data Knowing What Schools Did in the Pandemic is Crucial. So Is Preserving That Data
A prominent researcher is working to collect information on schools and COVID-19 to inform future study on the pandemic's effects.
Evie Blad, June 15, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Is the Bottom Falling Out for Readers Who Struggle the Most?
A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 15, 2021
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Teaching Profession Teachers Are More Likely to Experience Depression Symptoms Than Other Adults
A new survey by the RAND Corp. found that teachers are experiencing high levels of job-related stress, and it could cause them to quit.
Madeline Will, June 15, 2021
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School & District Management We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them
National data is skimpy, making it hard to know what influences superintendents' decisions to move on, retire, or how long they stay. Why?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 11, 2021
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School & District Management From Our Research Center To Offer Remote Learning in the Fall or Not? Schools Are Split
An EdWeek Research Center survey shows that nearly 4 of every 10 educators say their schools will not offer any remote instruction options.
Holly Kurtz, June 10, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion What Does It Mean to Call a Program 'Evidence-Based' Anyway?
States and school districts need to help educators weigh the research on programs. Too often it stops at a single positive study.
Fiona Hollands, Yuan Chang & Venita Holmes, June 9, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Could School Resegregation Drive White Students to Become Democrats as Adults?
A researcher tracked the political affiliation of adults who graduated from high schools where court-ordered desegregation was lifted.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 4, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says College Enrollment Dip Hits Students of Color the Hardest
The pandemic led to a precipitous decline in enrollment for two-year schools, while four-year colleges and universities held steady.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 3, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Why Students Don’t Learn From Failure
When kids fail, they tune out, so they don’t learn from the experience. Here’s where to find the real teachable moments.
Lauren Eskreis-Winkler, June 2, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Child Abuse Cases Got More Severe During COVID-19. Could Teachers Have Prevented It?
A study finds that the severity of identified child abuse cases grew during the pandemic, even as reports of abuse declined.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 1, 2021
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Veronica Esquivel, 10, finishes her homework after her virtual school hours while her brother Isias Esquivel sits in front of the computer, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at their residence in Chicago's predominantly Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood.
Veronica Esquivel, 10, finishes her homework in her Chicago home after a day of virtual school in February.
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Classroom Technology School District Leaders Are Still Worried About Home Internet Access for Students
Schools have scaled-up their efforts to help more kids get online, according to a new survey, but concerns remain about tech equity.
Alyson Klein, June 1, 2021
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