Distance learning as an antidote to fear: 4 key considerations that put student and family well-being first
In moments of crisis, I look to my ancestors for guidance and strength. Blessed with the wisdom of millennia-old East African traditions, I trust in the power of collective resilience and hope. I grew up with stories of colonization and a 30-year war, as a result of which, by age 14, both of my parents...
By Malika Ali | June 1, 2020
Munson: Are the math lessons your kids are doing at home good enough? Here are some things for parents to look for
For parents, the current school closures are requiring us to step in and support our children in new ways. It’s hard. I know. I’m a mom to two school-aged kids and find myself balancing work while playing school information technology specialist, phys ed teacher, guidance counselor and homework enforcer. But it’s also a rare opportunity...
By Lynne Munson | May 28, 2020
I know how much this pandemic has devastated undocumented families because I grew up in one
I can’t help but feel some guilt as I unpack the fresh produce sprawled out on my kitchen counter among my laptop and my son’s iPad with paired wireless headphones. I think about the family who is undocumented, where the parents don’t speak English, where they are struggling every day to survive so technology and...
By Ana Ponce | May 14, 2020
Analysis: Amid the chaos of coronavirus, parent power (and parent organizing) have never been more important. It’s time for education funders to show them the money
In times like these, it is easy to feel powerless. Yet now is exactly the time when we must speak explicitly about power— who has it and who is wielding it to respond to the needs of our communities during this uncertain time. Amid the global Coronavirus crisis, we must continue to focus on and...
By Alex Cortez | May 4, 2020
Osborne: COVID slide is going to make the usual summer slide even worse. Time to move to year-round school schedules
A Gallup survey done in early April found that 83 percent of parents reported their children were involved in online distance learning. But Gallup conducted the survey online, so it excluded families with no internet connection. That means perhaps a third of students are not participating in remote learning this spring. For them, “summer” will...
By David Osborne | April 30, 2020
Williams: The politics — and economics — around why we should make pre-K universal are changing
After a flurry of proposals early in the presidential primary campaign, as predicted, public education reassumed its usual place near the bottom of the national political hierarchy. The dynamics followed the normal pattern from recent years. While plenty of the presidential debates — and intervening media coverage — featured discussion of higher education affordability and...
By Conor Williams | April 29, 2020
Teacher voice: Once I removed barriers to online access, my students were able to participate in remote learning in meaningful ways
“Oscar, are you there? Make sure to unmute yourself please!” Like thousands of teachers across the nation, I muttered this phrase in my new virtual classroom. Curriculum and instruction have taken on a completely different meaning as schools attempt to navigate the new digital learning environment. My colleagues and I are doing our best to...
By Joshua Brown | April 27, 2020
One UC student’s proposal for how to help school libraries reopen — and keep kids reading — while LAUSD campuses are closed
The transition to distance learning has caused unprecedented disruption to our education system. Many low-income students do not have internet access necessary for taking classes online. While some districts and charter schools are distributing devices and hotspots, in others, students are making do with paper packets. With all this chaos, though, we still live in...
By Bruce Arao | April 23, 2020
Tyre & Weinberg: During pandemic, parents are learning their kids can’t write very well. The dirty secret: They weren’t taught how. Some strategies to help
The COVID-19 pandemic means kids are learning at home now. But parents are also getting a new kind of education. Historically, schools have functioned as a kind of black box. Many teachers and administrators wanted parent engagement — but it was available only to a point. Most commonly, parents were invited to see the results...
By Peg Tyre and Phil Weinberg | April 16, 2020
Whitmire: The wave of higher ed shutdowns threatens American’s progress in getting low-income, first-generation students to and through college
Just weeks ago, Brandy Caldwell was finishing up her senior year at Boston’s Brandeis University when she got the notice: The coronavirus was forcing a campus shutdown in two days. For most students, that meant a hasty packing up and a quick car trip home to their parents. But for Caldwell, 22, it wasn’t that...
By Richard Whitmire | April 8, 2020