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Teacher: ‘Parents need to go to work’ does not stop covid-19 at school entrance

We hear calls that schools must open, given that millions of students are at risk of not only backsliding academically but also socially and emotionally, with the most concern for at-risk students for whom school is a safe place.

We also hear that parents need to get back to work and can’t stay home teaching their children math remotely, should schools stay closed.

By Mercedes Schneider

When I hear discussions about schools reopening in the fall, I already know what two chief reasons will be offered.

One is that students need to be educated. Of course they do, and as

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Harvard rescinds policy against single-sex clubs

June 29, 2020

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

Like many of us, I was greatly heartened by the landmark Supreme Court decision holding that federal law bars employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status. This civil rights milestone secures vital protections for millions of individuals who have so long been vulnerable under the law.

While marking a major advance for LGBTQ rights, the Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County also has significant implications for Harvard College’s policy on unrecognized single-gender social organizations. That policy itself does not concern sexual orientation or transgender status.

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U.S. History and Civics a No-Go Next Year for Nation’s Report Card – Inside School Research

U.S. 8th graders won’t take part in national assessments of U.S. history or civics in 2021, the supervisory group for the Nation’s Report Card said Monday.

The board delayed until August voting on whether to likewise delay or cancel Congressionally required NAEP tests of 4th- and 8th-grade students’ reading and math skills. The National Center for Education Sciences, which conducts the assessments, estimates they will cost an additional $45 million to safely administer during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given everything … social studies and civics and history (assessment) is just not a reasonable thing to do,” said Mark Schneider, the director

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Nation’s Pediatricians: School Reopening Should Focus on Getting Kids Back in Class – Inside School Research

The long-term risks to children of remaining in isolation—to academic and social development and even physical safety for those in stressed or unstable homes—is rapidly outpacing the health risks associated with reopening schools.

That’s the upshot of the American Academy of Pediatric’s strongly worded new guidance on reopening schools. While district leaders should work to mitigate the risk of spreading the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, the group says, “All policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

In doing so, the AAP takes a deliberate stand at

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harvard deans – The Washington Post

What We Care about in this Time of Crisis: A Collective Statement from College Admission Deans

As admission and enrollment leaders, we recognize that we and the institutions we represent send signals that can shape students’ priorities and experiences throughout high school. This collective statement seeks to clarify what we value in applicants during this time of COVID-19. We are keenly aware that students across the country and the world are experiencing many uncertainties and challenges. We primarily wish to underscore our commitment to equity, and to encourage in students self-care, balance, meaningful learning, and care for others.

More specifically,

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Bring a Cross Curricular Approach to Your Instruction with Resources from TGR EDU: Explore

A cross-curricular approach to learning is an effective way to introduce students to multiple subjects and help them build critical thinking skills.

An effective cross-curricular learning activity will have students apply various skills while also learning about real-world applications. TGR EDU: Explore, a program from TGR Foundation and Discovery Education, offers free trans-disciplinary resources to teachers.

Teachers, consider the following example lessons and take note of how each makes a connection between students, careers and the world. Use these (or similar) activities to maintain instruction through a trans-disciplinary approach.

Life Science, Mathematics and STEM

Lesson: Entomology Explorations

Students will

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Low-Achieving Boys Opt for STEM Careers More Than Most Girls Do – Inside School Research

Gender gaps in the most male-dominated science fields don’t come from men outperforming women academically in those subjects, but from the simple fact that overwhelmingly more boys than girls opt for those careers in spite of lackluster science skills.

Boys and girls with the very highest math and science skills chose to major in physics, engineering, and computer science—three fields with a 4-1 male-to-female ratio in the workplace—at roughly the same rates, finds a new study in the journal Science. But the gender gap widened for students at all other achievement levels, and young men stay in the fields longer

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How not to lay off teachers

Though it serves one of the wealthiest suburbs of Boston, the Public Schools of Brookline district has been in turmoil for several years, marked by a succession of superintendents.

An interim was just named to replace another interim who resigned; when a new superintendent is chosen next year, he will be the fourth district leader in two years. (In fact, the town of Brookline itself has leadership challenges, with key positions in the local government vacant.)

Last year, the school district was rocked by controversy over kindergarten curriculum, with more than two dozen teachers saying that the move toward more

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Want to Maximize Student Learning When Schools Reopen? Minimize Classroom Interruptions – Teaching Now

During even the most normal school year, there are a lot of little interruptions to teaching and learning each day—a tardy student walking into class, an announcement over the loudspeaker, a call to the classroom phone. 

Those interruptions can add up to the loss of between 10 and 20 days of instructional time, a new study finds. And as schools across the country prepare to welcome back students in the fall after a disrupted spring, they will need to address what is expected to be significant learning loss. Reducing external interruptions in the classroom could be one way to

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