Day: May 18, 2020

Today he was supposed to walk at his Yale graduation. He’s watching on a screen.

In this piece, Graham writes about how the pandemic has affected his generation: “For the Class of 2020 — which will undoubtedly be known as the coronavirus class — our college experience will forever be unfinished. A poem without a final stanza.”

Graham, 22, grew up in Washington D.C., and Bethesda, Md., graduating from Sidwell Friends School, where he developed a love for Russian literature after reading the great author Leo Tolstoy. As a Yale freshman, he began learning Russian so he could read Tolstoy in Russian, and he soon developed a more general interest in Russia.

This summer, Graham

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June 2020: Summer passion projects for students

Dear Readers, this will be the last concurrent monthly posting of Kathy’s Katch. Perhaps it will be back in another form at some point. I appreciate the support of Discovery Education, the DEN, and the readers of this blog from its inception in September of 2012. #loveyouall

Back in the day, employees of Google could pitch an idea to their supervisor to be able to take advantage of the “20% Time” program. This program allowed engineers and others to spend 20% of their work time on a project they were passionate about. Many of these projects turned into important components

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6 Classroom Changes Teachers Will Make When Schools Reopen

First Person


Lessons from teaching during the pandemic


Gina Denny

By now, we’ve all read pieces about how COVID-19 is exposing cracks in our educational system, how schools are essentially assigning grades based on resources of family support and technology, and how socioeconomic differences are making a difference in ways they haven’t for a generation or more.

While most educators can see these problems and agree that these stories are necessary, there’s a component missing from the dialogue: What will we do about it once traditional classroom learning resumes? And, since that day appears to be receding for

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College Board changing AP test submission process after complaints of botched online exams

The change came after students taking AP exams in various subjects last week reported having trouble completing their exams, many of them encountering problems submitting answers through the testing platform. The College Board told them their only recourse was to retake the exam in June.

“To protect the security and validity of exams, we’re unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11-15,” the College Board said. “However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.”

That was not likely to satisfy teachers, parents and students who could

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