High Schools

Kansas is first state to schools for remainder of 2019-20 year amid coronavirus crisis — and California says it’s likely there too

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced at a news conference Tuesday in Topeka that she was issuing an executive order to close all state-accredited schools — including public, private and parochial campuses, affecting almost 500,000 students — through the spring semester.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Kelly said. “It came after close consultation with the education professionals who represent local school boards, school administrators and local teachers. These unprecedented circumstances threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day and we must respond accordingly.”

Kelly had earlier assigned the state Department

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Maintaining Ties When School Closes Is Critical to Preventing Dropouts – Inside School Research

After Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, outside Minneapolis, shut down abruptly last Friday in response to a potential case of COVID-19, teachers and staff met one last time in person—while keeping six feet apart—to brainstorm ways to keep their students connected.

“The idea is to try to find ways that, once a week at the minimum, you’re doing some sort of face-to-face where the students can hear you talking and they can respond to you in conversation,” said Anne Beaton, an Advanced Placement teacher and coordinator of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program, which creates teams of teachers and staff

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School: The ‘new normal’ in 20 funny, earnest and desperate tweets

With most states across the country closing schools to try to stem the global coronovirus pandemic, sending tens of millions of students home for weeks or possibly months, a “new normal” of sorts is emerging — at least as shown on Twitter.

Here are some of the “new normal” sentiments in tweets from parents who suddenly find themselves homeschooling their children, teachers who are switching to virtual education with sufficient planning, and others:

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National Education Association, nation’s largest union, endorses Joe Biden for president

Eskelsen García, who had earlier that she would wait to endorse to see who had the ability to attract voters, made the announcement not long after Biden’s seemingly stalled campaign got a huge and surprising boost in Super Tuesday races in early March.

After a number of key rivals ended their campaigns and endorsed Biden, he has become the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination and seems close to being the presumptive nominee.

“He understands that as a nation we have a moral responsibility to provide a great neighborhood public school for every student in every Zip code,” Eskelsen García

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Long School Closures Could Cost U.S. Billions, Cut Health-Care Capacity – Inside School Research

Closing schools can be one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of infectious diseases. But for COVID-19, the respiratory illness linked to the highly contagious new coronavirus, research suggests school and public health leaders will have to weigh those potential benefits against the costs of keeping children’s parents home, too.

“If you close all schools, there’s going to be very, very large scale absenteeism for people who have to stay home with their kids,” said Joshua Epstein, an epidemiology professor at New York University’s school of global public health.

As of Friday evening, at least 46,000 schools

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Why the mayor of New York City is determined to keep schools open

We want to keep them open, Wolf. That’s both about our kids’ education, of course, but also about the realities. We have so many working New Yorkers who have no other place for their kids to be during the day. We have a huge number of single-parent households where they don’t have another place for their kids. They can’t bring their kids to work. There’s a lot of very practical problems.

On top of that, if parents don’t have any choice, they will simply not be able to go to work at all and have to stay home with their

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As classes move online, human connections matter more than ever for graduate students — professor

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor of education and sociology at the American University, which was the first university in the Washington region to move to online coursework in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak. In this post she looks at the challenges of moving lessons on line especially, but not only, for graduate students.

By Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Colleges across the country are scrambling with the repercussions of moving to online instruction in the face of rising infections from covid-19. Observers have rightly raised concerns about issues of food insecurity and undergraduate student employment, especially as some campuses are also advising

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AERA Cancels In-Person Conference Due to Coronavirus. The Event Will Be Held Virtually – Inside School Research

The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association scheduled for next month in San Francisco has been cancelled and will now take place virtually because of the spread of the novel coronavirus, leaders of the group announced Friday.

California is one of the states with the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus in the United States. The governor has declared a state of emergency, as has the mayor of San Francisco.

In a lengthy statement, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker said: “Sadly, the pernicious presence and spread of the

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Bored, Stressed, Tired: Unpacking Teenagers’ Emotions About High School – Inside School Research

At first glance, it could seem that teenagers just really, really hate high school.

When researchers at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Yale Child Study Center asked more than 21,678 U.S. high school students to say how they typically felt at school, nearly 75 percent of their answers were negative. “Tired” topped the list, followed by “bored” and “stressed,” with positive words like “happy” distantly following.

But bad memories tend to be stickier than good ones, so the researchers then took a different tack: At five high schools, they asked more than 470 students to report their feelings

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