Teachers should start off the school year by having middle- and high-school students fill out a survey of their interests to help steer them to books that will spark their interest in reading, suggests English teacher Chris D'Ippolito. He also recommends establishing a routine, with increasing time set aside for reading as the year progresses, and having students set quarterly reading goals.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions stated this week that reopening schools is high on its priority list, but National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci and others expressed concern about recent increases in coronavirus infections, pointing to the spike in new cases seen in some states. Other issues affecting reopening decisions include funding concerns and students' well-being.
Beginning this month, public and charter schools in California cannot suspend middle-school students for "willful defiance." The previous law applied to students up to third grade, but the new law extends this through grade 5 permanently, and also includes grades 6 through 8 until 2025.
Leaders can model for teachers how to create inquiry-based schools by deeply engaging with them, finding out what they need, and providing time and other resources to develop their skills and curricula, writes
University of Washington College of Education instructor Kimberly Mitchell. She offers three ways to think about what she calls the "inquiry five" model and how it works with professional development.
Coaching virtually requires all the skills and knowledge of in-person coaching as well as additional expertise in key areas.
In Colorado, Jefferson County Public Schools' process for blending education and health considerations for school in the fall has been achieved through collaboration, Deputy Superintendent Kristopher Schuh says. The district sought feedback from both within and outside the district and studied how school systems around the world are responding to the crisis.
Some teachers are debating whether to return to their jobs in the fall with districts' coronavirus rules not yet carved in stone. "To say you're going to sign a contract saying you'll do this [when you don't have the answers] is very high risk," Kimberly Adams of the Fairfax Education Association says.
Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina has approved $350 one-time bonuses for teachers and instructional support personnel to help offset hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is urging the state legislature to provide more by September.
Catholic schools in the US are likely to see a decline in international student enrollment due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has grounded many flights and resulted in economic hardship. "The schools know that there will be far fewer international students, and in many cases, there won't be international students," said Kathy Mears, CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association.
Communities around the globe are coming together in their efforts to help one another adapt and transform in spite of the sudden social and health impact of recent public health advisories regarding COVID-19. As more people and organizations than ever before struggle to migrate training to online platforms, Adobe stands ready to lend a hand. Read the article here.
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