Middle-school teacher Laura Hanby Hudgens in this opinion piece explains how books that feature a hero's journey can foster students' confidence and resilience during this time of uncertainty. "Great literature has always provided readers with a means for understanding their own experiences," she writes.
Principal Chad Stone at Eighth Street Middle School in Georgia is hoping to provide a sense of normalcy for students during the campus closure by starting each school day with morning announcements via Facebook, including a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Teachers as well as students have also led the morning ritual.
Some employers are trying to keep ties with furloughed or laid-off employees in hopes of quickly rehiring them after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Whether employers will be able to rehire will depend on the rebound from the current recession.
Education officials in California are letting parents and students know that the school year is ongoing despite campus closures. While adaptations are being made to requirements for passing grades and graduation, the education curriculum has shifted to a remote, largely online delivery system as school closures are now expected to extend longer than originally anticipated.
Lynn Moody, superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury School System, in this Q&A talks about how she used technology and innovation to help students find their passions. She also talks about leading a digital conversion, becoming a renewal district that has the flexibility of a charter school, and developing students' interpersonal skills to help them succeed in the future.
Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Idaho and Washington are waiving certain graduation requirements and other states are working on decisions around graduation requirements. Some states are waiving core credit requirements, using "pass" or "no credit" in place of letter grades, and scaling back requirements in areas such as community service and internships.
If you find yourself having to make a quick shift toward distance learning due to school closings or local quarantines, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. This guide, created by expert coaches, answers the top eight questions to consider when planning and launching remote learning.
As schools shift to distance learning, it can be challenging to continue fostering social-emotional learning. Here are five strategies to support student well-being and set up classroom routines at a distance.
Band directors from Desert Ridge Middle School and Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, N.M., had students record individual parts to the same song and then combined them for a virtual concert. The directors plan to continue this method to allow students to practice together.
World Wrestling Entertainment's Thad Bullard, aka Titus O'Neil, has adopted Sligh Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Fla., raising and donating funds to spruce up the campus as well as the art studio and weight room. The former University of Florida football star and student body vice president visits the school every week as part of his outreach efforts.
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