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
Photo Tour: What school, class & safety look like in 8 countries around the world as students return after coronavirus
After months of skyrocketing coronavirus cases, shuttered schools and remote learning, the push around the world to reopen campuses and bring students back to class raises a new wave of questions and concerns. What will a school day look like in a time of social distancing? How will classrooms and learning change? How will district...
By Meghan Gallagher | May 26, 2020
The coronavirus closed schools in a flash. But detailed planning must guide students’ return to classrooms, groups urge
This will all end. State lawmakers will lift stay-at-home orders, office dwellers will return to their cubicles and — critical for America’s stressed-out parents — children will go back to their classrooms. For most schools, however, getting there will be easier said than done. Despite widespread uncertainty and the unique demands of online classes, a...
By Mark Keierleber | May 20, 2020
Spring hiring: LAUSD says recruitment of new teachers is proceeding as normal, but across the country school districts are rethinking staffing plans amid a grim economy
Faced with a grim economy and uncertainty about what school might look like in the fall, several district officials say they are pausing or dramatically scaling back their hiring of new teachers for the upcoming school year. “We will definitely slow down hiring and limit it to essential positions,” says Kim Holland, the director of...
By Wayne D'Orio | May 19, 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
Record-breaking coronavirus job losses devastate the least educated — and have already displaced highest degree holders worse than the Great Recession
An ominous reality was made clear in the Department of Labor’s new employment figures Friday morning: Unprecedented job losses hit the least educated the hardest, but even those with higher degrees weren’t protected from the downturn. And just months ago, the United States was celebrating “the longest economic recovery in history,” marked by record-low joblessness among...
By Kevin Mahnken | May 11, 2020
Latino superintendents: ‘Going back to normal’ not their goal after coronavirus crisis
Richard Carranza, chancellor of New York City public schools, says he doesn’t allow people to talk about “going back to normal.” Normal, he said in a virtual convening hosted by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, was a system in which social and economic privilege determined too much about the quality of a student’s...
By Bekah McNeel | May 5, 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
LAUSD has spent more than $100 million on Chromebooks and iPads, but an escalating technology shortage is delaying arrival of key equipment for educators across America
School districts in need of a sudden rush of technology will likely have to wait. During a virtual meeting of the Ossining Union Free School District in New York, Superintendent Raymond Sanchez told the school board he is aware of a potential for a five-month gap between placing an order for new technology and receiving...
By Tim Newcomb | April 28, 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