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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The Power of Data: How to Use Computational Thinking to Engage Students

By Pedro Delgado, 15 years teaching experience, 7th grade science and computer science 1 and 2 at Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy, Ignite My Future in School Learning Leader

In the modern workforce, professionals use a variety of skills to solve problems. It’s uncommon that a task would be siloed to one specific subject – instead, we tend to take a transdisciplinary approach, using skills from various areas.

This is why more educators are working to incorporate computational thinking – the thought processes involved in expressing solutions as computational steps or algorithms that can be carried out by

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A historian takes on Trump’s view of American history

Edward L. Ayers has some thoughts on that, which he explains below — and it’s really no surprise, given that he is a renowned Civil War scholar who has devoted his professional life to the field and has a very different view than do Trump and his acolytes.

Ayers is executive director of New American History, where he was president from 2007 to 2015. New American History is an online project based at the University of Richmond, designed to help students and teachers see the nation’s history in new ways.

In addition, Ayers has been named National Professor of

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New Social Emotional Learning Resources Support Body Confidence Education for Elementary Students

The Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education have teamed up to develop Amazing Me, an all-new program focused on social emotional learning (SEL), health and body confidence.  Numerous studies have shown that low self-esteem in adolescents can negatively affect their performance in school, their relationships with others and their self-perception. Through this new partnership, educators and parents will be empowered with tools to help encourage development in these critical areas among 4th and 5th grade students. 

These flexible, standards-aligned resources center around the subjects of building self-esteem, promoting positive body image

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3 SEL Resources to Engage Your Students This Fall 

You can help kickstart healthy transformations for students in or out of the classroom this Fall with exciting new resources from LaGolda, the pro-social animated series and online educational program available on Discovery Education Experience. Following the adventures of the eponymous 8-year-old girl and her friendsLaGolda provides fun and uplifting content that makes it easy to engage young students in important SEL skill-building during a crucial stage in their development. 

Despite having lost her parents and experienced hardships as an orphanLaGolda chooses to take a positive approach to life and never lets

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