‘Not a pipe dream’: New report offers roadmap to eliminate internet affordability gap for students
Almost two years into the pandemic, over 18 million households lack high-speed internet access. Even if it’s available, they can’t afford it, according to a new report from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. CEO Evan Marwell estimates about half of those families include school-age children. “The narrative is that it’s been about building infrastructure in rural America,” Marwell said, but...
By Linda Jacobson | November 8, 2021
Supreme Court weighs limits of censure in case with implications for divisive school boards
Legislative bodies, including K-12 school boards, should be able to police their own members and censure is the historical mechanism for doing that, attorneys representing the Houston Community College System argued Tuesday in a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. But censuring a board member for criticism of the board violates that person’s First Amendment...
By Linda Jacobson | November 4, 2021
Commentary: My company’s text message tool shows a 150% spike in families’ fears about school violence. 3 way to head off that trend
During my years as a teacher and school administrator, I remember wishing several times that I could have seen a problem coming while I still had time to change course. My job now is to help schools do just that by soliciting regular feedback and gaining insight into what’s on the minds of parents and...
By Amanda Richards | November 3, 2021
Amid vaccine mandates and CDC calls to ramp surveillance, schools from LA to Philadelphia confront logistics of mass testing
In the “isolation room” at Indian Springs High School — the command center for any COVID-related issues on campus — Janak Kaur seals the school security officer’s swab sample in a plastic bag. Meanwhile, the officer fills out a registration on a website where he’ll get his results in a day or two. As the...
By Linda Jacobson | November 2, 2021
World leaders to explore girls’ education as climate crisis solution at upcoming United Nations conference
An “unprecedented” level of interest in girls’ education as a climate solution is growing worldwide, advocates say, as youth empowerment and gender are set to take center stage at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. From Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, roughly 20,000 international leaders and climate advocates will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 1, 2021
CDC approves Pfizer shots for kids ages 5 to 11, roll out to begin Wednesday
Updated, Nov. 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday evening endorsed the unanimous vote of a CDC vaccine advisory panel recommending Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric coronavirus vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11. Her sign-off means shots can begin Wednesday for some 28 million children in this younger age group. The...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 28, 2021
Analysis: Out-of-school STEM programs inspire, empower and engage children. What teachers can learn from them
Even before the pandemic, it was common for teachers to grapple with the challenge of teaching students varying in mastery of academic skills, with as many as seven grade levels represented in one room. The pandemic has only widened that gap, particularly in math, with the most disadvantaged students experiencing the most difficulties. A recent...
By Gemma Lenowitz and Britt Magneson | October 27, 2021
New report: How to build culturally affirming schools, according to over 100 Black teachers
Recruiting a diverse staff and building a “family-like” school culture are among the key action steps more than 100 Black educators recommend school leaders follow in a recent report released by Teach Plus and the Center for Black Educator Development. The paper presented the findings of focus groups conducted during the spring and summer of...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 26, 2021
Analysis: Acceleration vs. remediation, closing the achievement gap, keeping academic growth going — insights from math learning in the pandemic
The pandemic has been devastating for students and families on so many levels. It also produced insights that constitute urgent news for schools, both as they contend with the next wave of coronavirus and in the longer-term future. Today, a quarter of elementary school students in the U.S. use the Zearn platform and they have...
By Shalinee Sharma | October 25, 2021
Exclusive analysis: CDC COVID youth vaccination figures clash — sometimes by double-digits — with locally reported rates
As schools work to mitigate COVID spread in classrooms and get a handle on how many teens have been immunized, they may not be able to rely on vaccination data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many cases, CDC numbers clash with locally reported vaccination rates, an analysis from The 74...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 21, 2021