Day: August 5, 2020

How to Make Lessons Cohesive When Teaching Both Remote and In-Person Classes

Aimee Rodriguez Webb reads emails at her dining room table, which she set up as a virtual classroom in Marietta, Ga. After a rocky transition to distance learning last spring, Webb bought a dry-erase board and a special camera for displaying worksheets.

—AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Even in schools offering face-to-face instruction this fall, one “class” of students likely won’t be the coherent unit that it was in past years.

Within one 5th grade class, for example, students may be split in a hybrid schedule—half in-person two or three days, online the rest. Some may have opted for fully remote instruction

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Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic


—Stephanie Shafer for Education Week

When teachers go back to school this fall, the classroom as they’ve known it will be gone, and their instruction will be more critical than ever.

That’s a daunting combination, but it’s what the pandemic has delivered. The spring produced crisis schooling, and teachers and schools scrambled to find online resources and master remote teaching techniques. A more deliberate approach this fall could mean a better experience for students; the lack of one could turn equity gaps into chasms.

With so much riding on instruction, districts need to plan for it

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The disturbing state of racial diversity in Massachusetts schools

The authors of the report — which was produced by the Beyond Test Scores Project at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Pennsylvania State University — say that their findings are disturbing, but they also offer a hopeful path forward.

The report and the following post were written by Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and co-host of the “Have You Heard” podcast, @edu_historian; Peter Piazza, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Education and Civil Rights and project director for the Massachusetts Consortium

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