New study reveals ‘devastating learning loss’ for youngest children, showing that preschool participation has fallen by half during pandemic — and may not improve in the fall
Preschool participation has fallen by half during the pandemic, according to new data from the National Institute for Early Education Research. And even with early educators’ efforts to connect with students remotely, few families have remained consistently involved. This “massive reduction in preschool attendance,” the report shows, affected all families regardless of race or ethnicity, parents’ educational...
By Linda Jacobson | August 3, 2020
Parents (and lawyers) say distance learning failed too many special education students. As fall approaches, families wonder if their children will lose another school year
Georgianna Kelman’s phone doesn’t stop ringing nowadays. A special education attorney in Los Angeles, Kelman currently represents 60 families in southern California with complaints that their children didn’t receive services they were entitled to when schools closed in the spring. “I can only imagine the bottleneck of litigation that is coming,” Kelman said. “I have...
By Linda Jacobson | July 30, 2020
Lewis: Students returning to school this fall will face a new, changed reality. 1 way to help — start classes later so they can get more sleep
Schools are still determining what changes they’ll need to make before reopening in the fall. Some, like LAUSD and San Diego Unified, have already determined they’ll remain online only for now, while others are still grappling with the complexities involved: How will they ensure social distancing in the classroom? Will face masks be required? What about...
By Lisa L. Lewis | July 28, 2020
Fourth-graders’ tips for learning online: Go to bed early. Plug in your laptop. Try to find a quiet place to get focused. Don’t get frustrated
A version of this essay originally appeared on the KIPP.NJ blog. Remote learning is not what I signed on for when I became a teacher. The physical distance makes it very difficult for me to be there for my kids. But while this is an unpredictable and stressful time for everyone, helping students create new routines...
By Amanda Geiger | July 23, 2020
New study does not find stark differences in how district, charter and private schools responded to COVID-19 crisis
The nation’s K-12 schools reacted to the disruption of COVID-19 in broadly similar ways regardless of whether they were district, charter or private, according to new research released Monday. In general, traditional public schools did not lag behind charters or private schools, except for a few days near the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis when...
By Kevin Mahnken | July 22, 2020
How LA’s virtual ‘Summer of Learning’ hopes to help students avoid COVID slide — with a little help from NASA, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Despicable Me’
As summer approached, Ruthie Seroussi of Los Angeles began to worry about how to occupy her young sons. Even remote learning offered a structure to the day, but with summer camps cancelled, she dreaded battles over the TV and Xbox. She and her husband are both attorneys, but he works in an office while she...
By Julie Halpert | July 21, 2020
Schools tell ed tech leader they expect lots more blended, hybrid learning in the fall. What this means for teachers and students
Uncertainty surrounds the start of the 2020-21 school year. Districts around the country must prepare for three types of learning environments: the in-person style they’ve known for decades, the distance learning most were tossed into during the pandemic, and the most likely of scenarios — a hybrid environment, mixing both remote and in-classroom education. This...
By Tim Newcomb | July 16, 2020
Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified issue joint announcement of online-only start to school year next month
The following statement was released Monday morning by both the Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified School Districts: On March 13, four months ago today, we made the difficult decision to close our schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Much has changed since that time: New research is available, additional information on...
By LA School Report | July 13, 2020
Cantor & Balfanz: Relationships can fuel student growth, resilience and educational equity. Bringing caring adults into schools can help
While all students have experienced disruption to their daily lives this spring, COVID-19, the economic disaster that followed and the continued violence against African Americans are disproportionately affecting communities of color, particularly black students. Educators need to step up and help students regain their footing, heal and flourish. The country’s education system’s typical, standardized response...
By Pamela Cantor and Jim Balfanz | July 1, 2020
Sidewalk School, born of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, goes virtual amid pandemic
In 2019, The Sidewalk School opened in a cramped tent city on the U.S.-Mexico border. Now its students, craving educational opportunities in the States, face their latest challenge: learning during a pandemic The Sidewalk School in Matamoros, Mexico, founded last summer by two American volunteers, defied convention from the start. Located just three miles from...
By Jo Napolitano | June 30, 2020