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Special Report Effective Communication for School Leaders
This special report explores what good communication looks like for school and district leaders.
October 5, 2022
Dean Jermaine Weems (right) tells a story about fostering kittens to teachers and faculty during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Dean Jermaine Weems (right) tells a story about fostering kittens to teachers and faculty during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
Special Report Classroom Technology: What You Need and What You Don't
Schools must make tough decisions about keeping or scrapping educational technologies. The key question: Do they improve student learning?
September 21, 2022
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F. Sheehan/Education Week and Getty Images
Big Ideas in Education Special Report Big Ideas for Transforming K-12 Education
Could thinking differently about equity, mental health, how we communicate—even change, itself—usher in education transformation?
September 6, 2022
Colorful conceptual illustration of a sprout growing from a broken pencil
Adolfo Valle for Education Week
Special Report Class of 2021: Digging Out From Under COVID
Graduation rates fell in 31 states in 2021. This package explores the Class of 2021's steep climb to academic recovery.
August 29, 2022
Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The Mountain Education Charter High School system has a program that pairs struggling students with adults who have faced similar challenges.
Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The Mountain Education Charter High School system has a program that pairs struggling students with adults who have faced similar challenges.
Dustin Chambers for Education Week
Staffing Our Schools Special Report Tackling the School Staffing Crisis
Modifying schedules, expanding the use of contractors and emergency certified teachers, and other tactics schools are trying.
June 29, 2022
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Laura Baker/Education Week and Andrii Yalanskyi/iStock/Getty
Staffing Our Schools Special Report Why Staffing Schools Is Harder Than Ever
Why schools are struggling to recruit and retain staff and how it affects student learning.
June 15, 2022
Image of an empty desk.
Laura Baker/Education Week and Dmitry Kovalchuk/iStock/Getty
Special Report Laptops & Learning: How Technology Is Giving K-12 Education a New Look
Education Week examines the massive expansion in the use of laptops and digital curricula in K-12 and what it means for student learning. 
May 17, 2022
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Illustration by F. Sheehan/Education Week (Images: iStock/Getty and E+)
Special Report Figure It Out: How to Teach Students to Be the Ultimate STEM Problem Solvers
See how schools are integrating the teaching of problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking into STEM instruction in very creative ways. 
May 3, 2022
Sophomore Byron Barksdale, part of the aviation program at Magruder High School, takes a look at the exposed engine of a plane during a visit to the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., on April 6, 2022.
Sophomore Byron Barksdale, part of the aviation program at Magruder High School, takes a look at the exposed engine of a plane during a visit to the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., on April 6, 2022.
Jaclyn Borowski/Education Week
Special Report Making Technology Work Better in Schools
Our annual Technology Counts report examines the tech strategies educators are using to improve student learning in classrooms and at home.
April 12, 2022
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.
Daniel Hertzberg for Education Week
Special Report Emerging Strategies in Teaching and Learning
Teachers see long-term promise in pandemic-driven tools to accelerate learning, integrate technology, and support students.
March 22, 2022
Cover illustration of the back of a boy wearing a backpack and inside the backpack is a futuristic scene of the same boy surrounded by tech devices.
Eva Vázquez for Education Week
Special Report Classroom Technology: The Good, the Bad, and What's Next
Schools struggle to balance increasing use of ed-tech tools for teaching and learning with growing concerns about "tech fatigue."
March 8, 2022
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Francis Sheehan/Education Week and Getty
Special Report Student and Staff Mental Health: Emerging From COVID’s Crisis
The pandemic has worsened mental health challenges for students and staff, while highlighting inequity in resources to help.
March 1, 2022
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Kasia Bogdańska for Education Week

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