Lost Learning Time Compounds Over Summers. Students Are Taking an Extra Hit Right Now – Inside School Research

More than half of students consistently experience summer learning loss throughout their primary grades, finds a large new national longitudinal study, with compounding summer deficits leaching away on average nearly 40 percent of students’ yearly progress.

Allison Atteberry of the University of Colorado-Boulder and Andrew McEachain of the RAND Corp., co-authors of the new study in the American Educational Research Journal, analyzed the progress of nearly 18 million students in 7,500 districts who participated in the math or English/language arts tests from NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress from 2008 to 2016. 

As the charts below show, the researchers found students’

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Lead Employees & Unite Communities with the Power of Prevention

Discovery Education and DEA Offer Opioid Prevention Resources for the Workplace & Beyond 

On a mission to provide educational resources to end the U.S. opioid epidemic through no-cost substance misuse prevention resources, Operation Prevention was developed in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to empower educators to tackle the opioid misuse conversation with students.  Educating our youth about substance misuse is increasingly critical in this current stressful environment.   

In an effort to extend prevention education beyond the classroom, a new  workplace learning series has been introduced to help raise awareness and knowledge

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The case against reopening schools — by a teacher

In the earlier piece, the author, a former award-winning principal, Carol Burris, cited recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that said districts should do everything they can to bring students back into classrooms. She wrote:

Students at risk can easily slip through cracks. Due to the isolation of remote learning, those cracks have become crevices. Anecdotally, pediatricians are reporting rises in depression, obesity, and stress disorders as well as young children having heart palpitations absent a physical cause.

Research tells us that socially isolated children and adolescents are at risk of depression and anxiety. We know that too

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Some states, districts postpone school reopening

Arizona is one of four states that White House health adviser Deborah Birx said on Wednesday should reimpose strict restrictions on the public because of coronavirus infections, including decreasing the size of crowds both inside and outside to 10 people or fewer. The other states are Florida, California and Texas. According to data tracked by The Washington Post, thousands of new cases in Arizona and Florida pushed the country’s total number of confirmed cases past 3 million on Wednesday.

Trump this week began pressuring school districts to open five days a week for all children, and he threatened to withhold

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Being safe and feeling safe aren’t the same thing — and the difference will matter when schools open

This post looks at the issue of safety through a different lens. Written by Barry Svigals and Sam Seidel of Stanford University, it looks at what it means to be safe at school, and making the point that nobody can accomplish that for students if they don’t really understand what being safe means to students.

Svigals is currently a Reimagining School Safety fellow at the Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, known as the d.school, which is design thinking institute based at Stanford. He is also founder of Svigals+Partners, the architectural firm that designed the new Sandy

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Experts say face masks are essential — but some schools won’t require them this fall

Cloth face coverings protect others if the wearer is infected with SARS CoV-2 and is not aware. Cloth masks may offer some level of protection for the wearer. Evidence continues to mount on the importance of universal face coverings in interrupting the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Although ideal, universal face covering use is not always possible in the school setting for many reasons. Some students, or staff, may be unable to safely wear a cloth face covering because of certain medical conditions (eg, developmental, respiratory, tactile aversion, or other conditions) or may be uncomfortable, making the consistent use of cloth face

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Why schools must re-open for the most vulnerable students —

The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has

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Girl Scouts is Fueling the Future of STEM

By: Beth Meyer, Vice President of Partner Success at Discovery Education

The evidence is clear – the number of STEM jobs are growing, but not equally.

Insight from Pew Research Center finds that the STEM workforce outpaced all other U.S. job sectors, growing by over 79% since 1990. But while the number of STEM jobs have grown, not everyone is able to access a career in STEM. The COVID-19 global pandemic starkly illuminates not only the growing impact of STEM careers, but also concerning diversity disparities. As engineers churn out new masks and respirators and technology professionals expand contact tracing,

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Why this 1852 Frederick Douglass speech — “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” — should be taught to students today

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” — Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens:

He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I

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