When graduating isn’t enough: New KIPP scholarship will help first-gen college grads at risk of being ‘underemployed’
The KIPP charter school network’s announcement of another scholarship program designed to launch their alumni into successful careers — and avoid the underemployment problems of years past — represents the latest mile marker along a steep learning curve. The nation’s largest group of K-12 charter schools said last week that the Ruth and Norman Rales...
By Richard Whitmire | October 19, 2021
Commentary: Black and brown school leaders are essential for real educational equity, but they need to support in order to succeed
Authentic connections among educators, students, parents and their community are critical for the success of a school. These connections are essential in pursuing equity, addressing opportunity gaps and supporting Black and brown students. Unfortunately, between the underrepresentation of Black teachers and school leaders and the utter failure of teacher training programs to adequately prepare educators...
By Naomi Shelton | October 18, 2021
Spicer: Arts education can help students’ social and emotional well-being as they transition back to in-person school. Here’s how
As children make their way back into physical classrooms after an unprecedented year of virtual education, parents and educators must ask a crucial question: What can be done to help returning students cope with feelings of anxiety, depression and powerlessness? One avenue for encouraging children’s personal wellness is a return to arts education, whose far-ranging...
By Neve Spicer | October 13, 2021
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 use 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