Month: April 2020

Some Parents Concerned Their Children Won’t Be Ready for Next Year, Survey Says – Inside School Research

While most parents of K-12 students seem pleased with the communication and educational activities being provided by schools during the COVID-19 shutdowns, some are still concerned about how prepared their children will be for the next school year, according to the latest findings from a nationwide survey by the University of Southern California.

The USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research‘s “Understanding Coronavirus in America Study” reveals that out of 1,452 households with school-age children that were polled, 78 percent of parents said they were satisfied with the communication from their school and 87 percent have at least

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Inspire the Makers and Help Create Lasting Memories with Family Activities and At-Home Project Ideas from Science Fair Central

Identifying opportunities for hands-on experiences as part of a virtual learning curriculum can be challenging.  Students and parents need grab-and-go options that clearly identify the processes and materials, so that they can successfully implement meaningful projects.  Science Fair Central offers a wide variety of family activities and project starters that can be accessed from any digital device or downloaded as part of a digital lesson.  Developed in partnership with The Home Depot, the program is intended to help STEAM-power classrooms AND homes across the country as students prepare for the careers of tomorrow.  

Check three of

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DeVos gets mixed reaction to decision to leave intact IDEA during covid-19

Congress, in its recent $2 trillion economic stimulus package known as the Cares Act, included a requirement that DeVos report back on whether she needs congressional approval to provide school districts with IDEA waivers during the pandemic, which has closed virtually all schools. DeVos sought public input and on Monday told Congress that “there is no reason to waive” any IDEA provision that is “designed to keep students learning. ”

DeVos suggested a few flexibilities, including an extension of the timeline for evaluating toddlers with disabilities, but she did not meet the full requests for more IDEA leniency from special-education

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For Joan Baratz Snowden, Who Died This Month, Teachers Were Key to Equity – Inside School Research

Joan Baratz Snowden, the president of the Education Study Center and veteran education policy researcher, died April 27 at her home in Washington D.C., from cancer. She was 80.

Snowden’s work focused on improving educational opportunities for students of color and improving teacher quality, writing books on teacher preparation, teachers of color, and student social-emotional learning. She served as vice president for assessment and for policy at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and directed research and policy studies for ETS, the Educational Testing Service. Snowden also helped develop a “core curriculum” for training new teachers as

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Reduce Barriers to College Entry with Virtual Scholarship Support for Your Students

Scholarships are a valuable resource that can help ease the path to higher education. The scholarship application process is critical, but may be unfamiliar to students and their families.

As teachers, students rely on us to be a reliable support system when preparing for college, making it imperative that we help students understand how to leverage scholarships. Programs such as TGR EDU: Explore, developed by TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity, in partnership with Discovery Education, provide no-cost, virtual resources to help students prepare for college.

Here are four objectives educators should have students focus on in preparation for

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Loving Our Students From a Distance

First Person



Justin Minkel

When our governor announced in early April that school would remain closed until the end of the year, the teachers I know experienced a combination of relief and devastation. Relief because this virus is real and deadly, and we don’t want anyone we know and love to die. Devastation because we knew we would desperately miss that daily contact with students who have become our second family.

During a typical school year, teachers experience many of the same emotions that moms and dads experience with their own children: the joy of their constant company,

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Survey Tracker: Monitoring How K-12 Educators Are Responding to Coronavirus


EdWeek Research Center

The EdWeek Research Center is conducting surveys every two weeks of school district leaders and teachers to see how they are responding to the challenges they are facing under COVID-19.

The nationally representative surveys are keeping tabs on the impact of the virus on schools by tracking educator morale, student engagement, remote learning, and other trends over time.

Here are the latest findings. Check back every two weeks for updated data and survey results.

Note: The EdWeek Research Center COVID-19 surveys are administered every two weeks, but not all questions are repeated on that cadence.


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U.S. congressman: 3 whistleblowers allege political interference in charter school grant

But according to these whistleblowers, Pocan said, professional staff was overruled by political appointees who ordered the funding be awarded to IDEA. The identities of the whistleblowers were not revealed to The Post, nor were the names of the political appointees.

The Education Department did not respond to a request for comment.

IDEA, a Texas-based charter school network with nearly 100 campuses in Texas and Louisiana serving nearly 53,000 students, said in a statement:

“Peer reviewers from education and other fields evaluate grant applications independently from Department of Education staff. In three of the last four Charter Schools Program competitions,

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Teachers, parents, principals tell homeschooling stories

In this post, by Carol Burris, teachers and parents and principals tell their stories about how they are coping, and what they most worry about in this troubling period of schooling.

Burris is a former New York high school principal who now serves as executive director of the Network for Public Education. She was named the 2010 Educator of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State, and in 2013, the National Association of Secondary School Principals named her the New York State High School Principal of the Year. Burris has been writing for this blog

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