High Schools

How the media covered Breonna Taylor ruling — and more 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. During the coronavirus pandemic, the project is offering access to Checkology Premium at no cost

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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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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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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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29-hour meeting ends with Miami school board voting to reopen schools next month

The Board of Education began meeting on Monday to decide when to reopen school buildings, taking up a recommendation by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s administration to begin a staggered opening in early October.

The meeting spilled over into Tuesday, and after 18 hours of public testimony from more than 750 people and more hours of debate, the board voted unanimously to start opening schools on Oct. 14, more than a week later than first proposed by Carvalho. According to the plan, the first students to return will be those in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and those with special needs — and

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