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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
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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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Kasla Bogdańska for Education Week
Special Report Disrupted Learning: The Hard Task of Getting Students Back on Track
A new Education Week survey suggests a somber road as teachers work to help students with unfinished learning due to COVID's disruption.
February 8, 2022
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Image of teacher working with student.
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Special Report Supporting Struggling Readers
This report examines what's known about supporting older readers who need help building their literacy skills and how to do so effectively.
January 4, 2022
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Special Report Diversity Matters: How Schools Can Recruit and Retain More People of Color
See how school systems are successfully recruiting and retaining people of color and helping solve for public education's racial imbalance.
December 8, 2021
Stephanie Parra, Governing Board Member at Phoenix Union School District and Executive Director of ALL in Education Arizona, sits for a portrait at the nonprofit’s space at Galvanize Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 15, 2021. Phoenix Union is majority BIPOC students, but school board and educator demographics in Arizona lag behind in representation and opportunity.
Stephanie Parra, Governing Board Member at Phoenix Union School District and Executive Director of ALL in Education Arizona, sits for a portrait at the nonprofit’s space at Galvanize Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 15, 2021. Phoenix Union is majority BIPOC students, but school board and educator demographics in Arizona lag behind in representation and opportunity.
Caitlin O’Hara for Education Week
Special Report Teaching Science in Turbulent Times
Science education is hard. Teachers tackle the challenges of “science denial” and persistent inequities in this special report.
November 24, 2021
Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week

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