A parent’s plea: After 18 lonely months of COVID, the kids are not alright. Here’s why this back-to-school season must balance learning with healing
It felt like this fall would — at long last — be different. Last March according to the National Center for Education Statistics, just short of 40 percent of U.S. students were still learning entirely remotely. Roughly the same percentage were back attending full-time in-person learning (another 23 percent of students were enrolled in hybrid learning)....
By Conor Williams | September 1, 2021
From crisis response to sustainable solution? What’s next for school and community-driven learning pods
Over the past school year, the the Center on Reinventing Public Education has tracked how pandemic learning pods evolved from emergency responses to, in some cases, small, innovative, and personalized learning communities. This summer, as COVID-19 vaccinations increased, it seemed like the major impetus for these efforts was fading from view. We turned to our existing...
By Alice Olpalka | August 30, 2021
A national call for college COVID safe zones: How higher education leaders can accelerate America’s vaccination push — and keep their campuses open
As students return to colleges and universities this fall, the highly communicable Delta variant of COVID-19 creates unexpected challenges to keep campuses safe and open. Higher education leaders now need to respond rapidly to protect their students, staff, faculty, and people with whom they come in contact. Everyone recognizes the benefits of in-person learning, but...
By Mark McClellan, Andy Slavitt and John Bridgeland | August 26, 2021
Analysis: As San Diego schools uses temporary relief funds to accelerate teacher pay and hiring, is the district locking itself into painful cuts down the road?
Thanks to a surprisingly strong state budget and a $15 billion infusion courtesy of the federal government, school districts across California are now flush with cash. But if district leaders aren’t careful now, they could trigger a round of painful cuts in the very near future. Consider the case of San Diego Unified (SDU). Student...
By Chad Aldeman | August 23, 2021
Board member’s perspective: Tanya Ortiz Franklin on her new proposal for LA schools to accelerate achievement through ‘equity in action’
After seven months serving as the newest member of the LA Unified Board of Education, I see an incredibly simple but difficult opportunity before the second-largest school district in the country: defining one word — “equity.” It’s a word we see everywhere in education these days — in news articles discussing the academic and social-emotional...
By Tanya Ortiz Franklin | August 20, 2021
Barr: Is L.A. County serious about educating homeless kids? Tuesday’s LACOE vote will tell us a lot
It’s no secret that homelessness has reached devastating levels in Los Angeles. The L.A. Times editorial board called the situation “a national disgrace” — and that was three years before COVID and the economic downturn exacerbated the emergency even further. But what some people don’t know or forget is that the crisis goes beyond public health,...
By Steve Barr | August 16, 2021
Analysis: Parents, civic entrepreneurs rebuild K-12 schooling from scratch in a way that’s student-focused, parent-directed and pluralistic
“Never in my lifetime have so many parents been so eager for so much education change.” So said longtime pollster Frank Luntz after surveying 1,000 public and private school parents on how the pandemic affected their view of schools. COVID-19 forced schools to change from being buildings where teaching, learning and programs were bundled together...
By Bruno Manno | August 12, 2021
DeBaun: Virtual advising can combat COVID melt and ensure high school students make it to college. 3 steps schools can take
Every year, as much as one-third of college-bound high school graduates never show up to their first day of class. It’s all too easy for students to miss important deadlines, forget about necessary paperwork or get lost in the byzantine financial aid process. Known as summer melt, this phenomenon has long plagued high schools and...
By Bill DeBaun | August 11, 2021
The remote learning paradox: Some educators, parents want to keep online classes option even though instruction suffered
Here’s the paradox about remote learning: During the pandemic it has not gone particularly well. And an increasing number of states such as New Jersey and school districts like New York City are prohibiting public schools from offering a remote option next year. And yet, according to our new surveys, roughly one-third of schools are keeping it...
By Julia Kaufman, Heather Schwartz and Melissa Kay Diliberti | August 8, 2021
A teacher’s view: What research in my classroom showed about the value of old-fashioned face-to-face teaching and learning
I remember my shock the first time I was working with one of my fourth-grade students who spent most days working asynchronously — on his own — at home during the pandemic. He had completed all the online lessons assigned to him and came to school to take a multiplication test in person. Of the...
By Krystal Clifton | August 4, 2021