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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Analysis: Pandemic learning loss could cost U.S. students $2 trillion in lifetime earnings. What states & schools can do to avert this crisis
Over the past two years, virtually every American has suffered loss. Many have lost loved ones. Others have lost jobs or homes. In most instances, the only option is to accept fate and try to return to a sense of normalcy. However, when it comes to addressing students’ learning loss, we must resist the temptation...
By Dan Goldhaber, Thomas J. Kane and Andrew McEachin | January 4, 2022
Analysis: Traditional measures of school quality tell only part of the story. So GreatSchools is adding school climate data to profiles
Across the country, school board meetings have become ground zero for political and ideological debates. COVID protocols, mask policies and differing philosophies of how to teach American history have garnered much of the headlines — and even been cited as a winning political strategy. After 18 months of unpredictable (and often frustrating) pandemic schooling, education...
By Jon Deane | January 3, 2022
Analysis: During COVID, teachers looked beyond the classroom to meet students’ social-emotional needs. That type of innovation must continue
Imagine you’re underwater in the Caribbean Sea, gazing at colorful coral reefs and schools of fish. Sunlight filters through the water as it gently moves you back and forth. You breathe in and out, slowly and deeply. How do you feel? Educator Sandra Turner has led her middle and high school students through this mindfulness exercise over...
By Vicki Phillips | December 29, 2021
Parents’ poll: Less than two-thirds give schools top grades for handling students’ pandemic-related academic, social-emotional needs
Less than two-thirds of parents give schools an A or B for their handling of students’ academic and social-emotional needs during the pandemic, and almost 60 percent said they haven’t seen or heard anything about additional resources their schools can provide to address these issues, according to a new poll released last month. Sixty-one percent assigned top...
By Linda Jacobson | December 28, 2021
Analysis: Want to create a more diverse teacher workforce? Start with the dedicated professionals already working in schools
Ten years ago, I would have never imagined becoming an educator, let alone even considered a career in education. Growing up, I had few teachers who looked like me and who shared my identity as a Black male. My school district maintained a sizable number of black educators; however, none of the Black teachers taught...
By Carlon Howard | December 22, 2021
Survey — 56% of educators working with English learners say pandemic significantly disrupted learning; nearly 4 in 10 say students should have repeated grade
Nearly 40 percent of 669 educators who serve English language learners around the world said they should have repeated last school year because of pandemic-related learning loss, according to a recent survey. More than 56 percent of respondents said these students’ formal education was significantly disrupted, but they were not the only children to have...
By Jo Napolitano | December 21, 2021
Williams: Schools are more likely to do what’s easiest for them if no one’s watching. Why standardized tests are critically useful, especially now
A clammy, sniffling toddler in the Washington, D.C. park near my house would have looked and sounded pretty normal — back in January 2020. But now, folks were giving the maskless toddler and her parents a wide berth as the two had an animated argument about their community’s right to know about those sniffles. Did they really...
By Conor Williams | December 20, 2021
Bird: Afghan students deserve equity — here’s what California educators can do to aid new refugees in our schools
I spent 17 years teaching immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking high school students from around the world in my hometown of Modesto. Though all too often it was violence, suffering, and war that brought them here, the joy and promise that radiated from my students spoke to the optimism and hope of the American Dream. In...
By Lindsey Bird | December 16, 2021
Analysis: The parents’ rights movement may seem tailor-made for Republican politics. But homeschoolers show that might not be the case
Recent polling confirms that over the last year American parents have been worried about a lot, overwhelmed by online learning and fearful their children are falling behind. It seems Republicans channeled these emotions in Virginia and New Jersey in November’s elections, as polls show education mattered for many voters — the second most important issue in...
By Heath Brown | December 15, 2021
‘Equal treatment, not special treatment’: Conservative Supreme Court justices appear ready to strike down religious barriers to public school choice funding
Maine allows private religious schools to participate in its tuition benefit program for families that don’t have a public high school in their communities — except those that seek to instill religious beliefs in their students. That caveat is at the heart of Carson v. Makin, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, a case that...
By Linda Jacobson | December 14, 2021