Month: September 2020

Kids were frightened, educators were horrified — and there was this: ‘PLEASE let an experienced teacher moderate the next debate’

Kids were scared, teachers were horrified — and there was this among the reactions to the Tuesday night showdown between President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden: “PLEASE let an experienced teacher moderate the next debate.”

In fact, some of the most interesting reactions to Trump’s bullying behavior and moderator Chris Wallace’s inability to control the event came from the education world, with comparisons made between Trump’s behavior and that of kindergartners, and between Wallace’s performance and how a kindergarten teacher would have handled it.

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After pressure from Florida governor, Miami will open some school buildings early

Parents and teachers testified to the board about their concerns regarding opening early, saying they feared that not all buildings would be properly outfitted with safety equipment to stave off an outbreak of the coronavirus. “In my heart I feel everything is rushed,” said Jeffrey Coachman Jr., a parent of five children.

But facing state funding losses from $20 million to possibly $300 million, members said they would open school buildings Oct. 5 on a staggered schedule that would last several days.

Any schools that could not be ready in that timeline would be put on a list submitted to

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Pre-COVID Learning Inequities Were Already Large Around the World – Inside School Research

The pandemic has laid bare deep existing education inequities, in the United States and around the world, which will make it more challenging for districts to respond.

A new study, “Effective Policies, Successful Schools,” by the Organization for Economic Development and Opportunity finds that even before global school closures, countries have made little progress in closing gaps between students in low-income and wealthier schools, particularly when it comes to the staff and structure students need to weather periodic moves to remote online learning.

And students in low-income schools, who have disproportionately experienced learning loss this spring, may be

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Girl-Led, Girl-Tested and Girl-Approved Cyber Security Activities? Yes, Please!

As more and more women enter STEM careers, increasing STEM interest and engagement among girls continues to be a significant focus. This school year empower girls to see themselves changing the world in new ways with resources from Girls Get STEM. Developed in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, this program aims to spark girls’ interest in STEM learning and careers.

Girls Get STEM arms educators and parents with standards-aligned resources that are girl-led, girl-tested, and girl-approved for all students in grades 2-5. From student lessons and family activities to a Virtual Field Trip and video content, this

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Florida education commissioner orders Miami to open schools

A school district spokeswoman said the letter was being reviewed; the school board scheduled an emergency meeting for Sept. 29 to figure out next steps.

Miami-Dade is one of a few districts that started the 2020-21 school year with all-remote learning after winning permission from the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) because of exceptionally high coronavirus rates.

Corcoran’s letter came as a surprise to Miami-Dade officials. The Miami Herald quoted Hantman as saying, “It’s just very strange to me and I think it took everyone by surprise. I’m very much in favor of opening schools but when it’s safe.”

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New Resources from DNA Decoded Demonstrate the Real-World Applications of Genomics

Genomics is the study of an organism’s entire DNA. This knowledge can be applied in a number of ways to help solve important global challenges like fighting disease outbreaks, innovating agricultural advancements, and developing life-saving targeted therapies. You can introduce your high school students to this category of curriculum at the intersection of biology and technology, with digital resources from DNA Decoded.   

Developed in partnership with Illumina, DNA Decoded will show students the impact of DNA beyond ancestry or traits. Through student activities, digital lesson bundles and more, students can explore how genes interact with one another and

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National COVID-19 Dashboard Broadens Picture of School Response – Inside School Research

As superintendents and principals continue to seek timely school data on COVID-19 from widely disparate state and local health systems, a coalition of education groups hopes to pool nationwide data to build a clearer picture of pandemic trends in schools.

The COVID-19 School Response Dashboard launched this week with data from its first cohort of nearly 600 district, charter, and private schools serving about 200,000 students in-person and online in 47 states.

The dashboard does not yet include a nationally representative sample of schools, but AASA, the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National

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A novel proposal to help millions of kids struggling with online school

Vikki Katz, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, has a novel idea about how to get help to millions of students, which she writes about below. Katz is an expert on digital equity policy, immigrant families and educational inequality.

By Vikki Katz

To state the painfully obvious: We have just kicked off the bare-minimum school year. With the pandemic still uncontrolled and many school buildings lacking adequate ventilation systems to open at scale, even the students who most desperately need in-person instruction will not get nearly enough of it. Like Los Angeles Unified

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How School Leaders Can Stabilize Attendance During COVID-19 – Inside School Research

As schools try to make up for lost learning from the pandemic-related closures last spring, every missed school day is a step backward. School and district leaders have seen wildly different guidance from states when it comes to balancing the need to make sure students attend school and limiting the potential for sick students to spread the coronavirus among classmates and teachers.

New research suggests that setting up systems that allow schools of different sizes and grade levels to quickly adapt to changing community infection rates can be vital for not only preventing outbreaks, but also keeping attendance more consistent

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