How the Teaching Lab is helping schools and educators forge relationships remotely during the pandemic
Prior to the pandemic, the nonprofit Teaching Lab ran professional development for educators around the country, helping them implement anti-racist curricula in historically undeserved communities. In total, the organization has reached more than 6,000 educators and 500,000 students. Now, with a new $100,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Teaching Lab is moving its operations online and...
By Zoë Kirsch | September 14, 2020
DACA teachers across the country embrace SCOTUS ruling allowing them to ‘live, work without fear’
Bilingual special education teacher Karen Reyes was in her Austin, Texas, home, using sign language to tell a story about an elephant and a pig to her 4- and 5-year-old students, when the text messages started rolling in. Not yet, she thought to herself, trying to stay calm, aware of the kids watching her over...
By Zoë Kirsch | June 22, 2020
California joins 17 other states in suing to block DeVos’s changes to Title IX sexual misconduct rules
Democratic attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit June 4 against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, attempting to block regulations passed last month restricting sexual misconduct cases falling under Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination. The state of New York also submitted its own complaint. The policy, scheduled to...
By Zoë Kirsch | June 16, 2020
Puzzles are bringing families together during the pandemic — they are also a boon to young children’s developing brains
Two-year-old Maddyn Robinson picked up her backpack, slung it over her shoulders and marched over to the steps leading to her family’s garage. “I’m going to school!” she said. By “school,” the toddler meant the licensed day care center that she’s been attending since the age of 3 months — a place where she normally...
By Zoë Kirsch | May 27, 2020
As impacts from the coronavirus shutdown multiply, state & district school chiefs demand boost to ‘woefully insufficient’ federal funds
As educators around the country continue trying to keep students engaged during the coronavirus shutdown while also bracing for what could be the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, 29 state education commissioners and district superintendents have a message for federal officials: schools need more support. The group — eight state education commissioners and...
By Zoë Kirsch | April 22, 2020