High Schools

Bogus crowd photos at ‘Million MAGA March’ and other news literacy lessons

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators.

The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades 6 through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Checkology is available free to educators, students, school districts and parents. Since 2016, more than

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Isn’t Here Yet, But Schools Need to Push Families to Vaccinate Now. Here’s How – Inside School Research

A vaccine against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be broadly available by late spring, and to some teachers in schools even sooner. But schools are already grappling with the problem of how to convince families to get their children immunized—not just against COVID-19, but other childhood diseases already at risk of dangerous outbreaks.

While the coronavirus pandemic has heightened schools’ focus on infection spread and containment, educators can take a key leadership role in preventing new outbreaks by encouraging existing childhood immunizations and laying the groundwork for a future COVID-19 vaccine.

Regularly scheduled childhood immunizations are down–way down–since the

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New York City schools closing because of rising covid-19 rates

In a separate announcement, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) became the first governor to announce a statewide school closure, saying that all public and private schools must close Nov. 23 and that all public universities must do the same. Middle and high schools are staying shut until Jan. 4, and only elementary schools in areas without soaring infections will be allowed to reopen Dec. 7.

The closings of the largest school district in the country and all Kentucky schools are serious setbacks for state and local officials who had struggled to reopen schools and their communities during the pandemic, and

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Students to Biden: Include us in picking DeVos’s successor

This call is in the following post, written by Gabriella Staykova, a high school senior from Lexington, Ky., and a team member at Student Voice, a nonprofit organization led by high school and college students. It was founded in 2020 as weekly Twitter chats using #StuVoice and works in every state to advance student voice and educational equity in schools and communities across the country.

By Gabriella Staykova

As a public school student, as a queer person and as an American, I’m celebrating the impending exit of Betsy DeVos from the [Education] Department.

I no longer have to worry

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Schools start closing — or delay reopening — as covid-19 cases jump across the country

In other places — including Texas, Utah, Michigan, Georgia and Indiana — some districts are temporarily closing schools that already opened, often because of pandemic-caused staffing shortages. In Georgia’s Walker County, for example, all schools are closing at least through Thanksgiving because more than 100 students and teachers tested positive for the coronavirus. Scores of schools are closing in Utah because of exceptionally high community covid-19 rates.

In New York City, the largest school district in the country with 1.1 million students, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned parents on Friday to “get ready” with plans for their children because schools,

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New York City schools could close as early as Monday as covid-19 cases rise

The latest data from New York shows that the rate of positive coronavirus tests is not quite there but is rising. On Thursday, he tweeted that the rate was 2.6 percent and said: “We still have a chance to turn this around. Each and every one of us has a role to play. Let’s get it done.” But by Friday, he said the rate for the city had risen to 2.83 percent, and he issued the warning about schools closing as early as Monday.

Though the infection rate for city schools is less than 1 percent, according to the latest

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Children’s Mental Health Emergencies Skyrocketed After COVID-19 Hit. What Schools Can Do – Inside School Research

 New federal data confirms what teachers and parents have been worrying about for months: The pandemic is taking a striking toll on children’s mental health.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control show the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health crises has increased dramatically for young children and adolescents since the pandemic started.

From this March through October, the share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits rose 24 percent for children ages 5 to 11 and 31 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 17, when compared to the same period in 2019, the CDC reported

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What Biden’s new education transition team tells us about his agenda — and what it doesn’t

When it comes to policy, such concerns are probably misplaced. This transition team is not charged with writing big policy papers or selecting a new education secretary. The campaign set Biden’s education agenda, and there is a separate, smaller committee working on domestic policy.

The transition team’s charge is largely about reimagining the Education Department, which has been run for nearly four years by Betsy DeVos, whose top priority was pushing alternatives to public school districts and encouraging states to use public money to fund private and religious school education. She also focused on reversing a number of Obama administration

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No, a state trooper in Arizona did not find 50,000 Trump votes in a dumpster — and other news literacy lessons about the election

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators.

The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades 6 through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Checkology is available free to educators, students, school districts and parents. Since 2016, more than

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