Teachers are pressed for time, according to Josiah Torvik, a teacher at St. Cloud Area School District 742 in Minnesota. In this commentary, Torvik shares six technology tools that can help teachers save time, such as choosing a learning management system and using websites like Quizlet that auto-grade assignments.
Twenty percent of teachers studied by Lora Bartlett, associate professor of education at the University of California at Santa Cruz, have left or are considering leaving the teaching profession -- up from the usual 8% of teachers who leave the profession annually. In this opinion piece, Bartlett writes that among those considering leaving the profession, many report feeling overwhelmed and that their professional judgment is not appreciated.
The "Back to School for All" campaign, started by the American Federation of Teachers and members of the Florida Education Association, includes teachers in 30 states. The union-led initiative includes digital education, aimed at encouraging students to return to classrooms in the next school year, as well as phone banks and home visits.
Civics education will be required for all N.J. middle-school students starting next year under a new state law. Lawmakers cite the January attack on the US Capitol as a key impetus for the mandate.
School leaders have faced myriad challenges during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, writes David Title, professor of educational leadership at the Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University. In this opinion piece, Title writes that this experience has reinforced the need for school leaders to remain "flexible, agile and creative."
Nicole Furlonge, professor and director of the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, in this interview shares the science behind why listening is crucial for school leaders. Furlonge says that listening can cause leaders to change their minds or take on a new viewpoint, while failing to listen can have negative consequences.
Pearson is preparing to offer a mobile app to college students, Pearson+, which will include note-taking and other tools and resources. CEO Andy Bird says the launch of the app is part of the company's focus on growth in online learning, to extend after the coronavirus pandemic ends.
CDC researchers found that almost 9 million teens ages 12 to 17 had received the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and that 91% among approximately 9,240 reported side effects were minor, such as soreness near the site of the vaccination. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report show that "local and systemic reactions are common among adolescents following Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, especially after the second dose; however, serious adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination are rare," lead researcher Anne Hause said.
The American Rescue Plan gives school districts three months to gather community input on how to spend federal funds, yet fewer than half of 100 large, urban districts are sharing publicly how they plan to gather that feedback, write Alvin Makori, Bree Dusseault and Travis Pillow of the Center on Reinventing Public Education. They note in this commentary that 13 districts are sharing the feedback they receive.
Educators and school counselors -- and some students themselves -- say the coronavirus pandemic caused students to disconnect in various ways. As students return to classrooms for the 2021-22 school year, the focus is on students' social and emotional well-being, including in a Connecticut district that will use a program called RULER that focuses on five emotional-intelligence skills -- recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing and regulating.
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