Month: July 2020

Will Opening Schools Worsen the Pandemic? – Inside School Research

Will reopening schools cause the nation’s already simmering coronavirus pandemic to boil over? While the picture from studies and reopenings in other countries is beginning to come into focus, it’s unlikely school and district leaders will have a clear answer before they have to make their own decisions for this fall.

After relatively scant research on children and the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic, there has been slowly building consensus around just a few findings: that children, particularly pre-adolescents, appear to be less likely to contract the disease; and that the majority of those that do

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How Do You Get Low-Income Students to Apply for Federal College Aid? Make It a Law – Inside School Research

A Louisiana law requiring students to complete an application for federal financial aid in order to graduate high school almost entirely closed the gap in college aid applications between students at low- and high-poverty schools.

A new study by the Century Foundation suggests Louisiana’s model—which will be mirrored to different degrees in policies in Illinois and Texas and proposed in a dozen other states—could help keep low-income students on track to pay for their postsecondary education. While student financial aid has increased in many states in the last several years, students in high-poverty schools are less likely to complete the

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How to stop magical thinking in school reopening plans

Yet, the author of this post writes, there is magical things in some of the plans being offered — recommendations made by “experts” for measures that he says aren’t really possible. Can classes really be held outdoors or in empty spaces re-purposed for school? Can students really stay six feet away from each other? Are teachers being asked to do — and risk — too much?

Here’s the post, written by New Jersey educator Mark Weber, a full-time music teacher in Warren Township, N.J., and a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. He is also

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Bitmoji Classrooms: Why Teachers Are Buzzing About Them

—Image courtesy of Morgan Miller/Bitmoji via Twitter

If social media posts are any indication, Bitmoji classrooms are becoming a teacher obsession. Since so many teachers are planning to “return” only to online classrooms in the fall, they’re building these colorful virtual environments for their students featuring avatar versions of themselves. 

In thousands of posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, teachers are sharing the classrooms they’ve built. Using the Bitmoji app to create their avatars, and other tools like Google or Canva to build the classroom backdrop, they’re making welcoming spaces, complete with colorful rugs and posters, that can serve as

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Parent Racial, Income Divides Seen on School Reopening Preferences – Inside School Research

Parents of color and low-income parents are most concerned about how remote learning will affect their children’s schooling, but they are also those most likely to consider it necessary for the next school year, according to a nationally representative study.

The findings come from a series of new analyses of data from the ongoing Understanding America Study of more than 6,000 families, by researchers from the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Over multiple surveys this spring and summer, the study was expanded to include questions to families—including more than 1,400 with at least one

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Educator who taught kids this summer outlines the reality of reopening schools

Very few teachers have had classroom experience during the pandemic, and the conversations about what it is like have largely been theoretical, says veteran educator Jean Molot, who taught kids this summer and learned about the real-life challenges.

Molot is teaching at a summer program in New Haven, Conn., and this post is a report about her experiences and what she found works — and doesn’t — when it comes to expecting kids to wear masks all day and stay away from each other.

She has 22 years of experience teaching in public and private schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and

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Charter schools and management companies won at least $925 million in federal covid-19 funding ,data shows

The U.S. Small Business Administration administered the program, and recently the SBA and the Treasury Department released some data on what organizations won loans from the program and how much they received. (Some loans can be forgiven if the PPP money is spent on keeping employees on the payroll.)

The release of funding details sparked some controversy about whether some of the organizations that received funds should have gotten them, including public charter schools — which are publicly funded but privately operated — and some elite private schools. (A Washington Post database shows the data.)

Charter schools received emergency stimulus

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Confused by changing CDC guidance on school reopening? Here’s help.

Chairman Sablan and Ranking Member Allen, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. It is an honor to be here to talk about how to do the best we can for our children in these challenging times. We support the goal of returning students to school in the fall, but we must do it safely and schools will need appropriate funding to do it.

My name is Dr. Sean O’Leary and I am a practicing infectious disease pediatrician from Denver, Colorado. As a parent of 2 children in Denver public schools, this issue is both professional and

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More Than Masks: Researchers Call for Focus on Learning in School Reopening – Inside School Research

Even if one of the promising vaccine candidates for the novel coronavirus proves successful, experts say it wouldn’t be widely distributed until next year. That means U.S. schools must plan for more than an emergency response to the pandemic.

Amid a flurry of recent health-related guidance for schools in how to reopen without spreading COVID-19, a group of more than 200 education and policy researchers sent out an open letter on what research says about how schools can prevent a massive learning loss and educational inequity during the next year.

“We’re trying to be practical here,” said letter co-author Katherine

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