More districts should seize the opportunity to improve professional learning for teachers

Writing for the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Bree Dusseault, Georgia Heyward, and Travis Pillow provide an analysis of the professional learning opportunities that districts can utilize to support remote learning. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Districts have an urgent need to find new ways to help teachers learn on the job and hone Read more about More districts should seize the opportunity to improve professional learning for teachers[…]

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Educator competencies for student-centered teaching

The idea of student-centered learning is not new; teachers have long sought to design personalized, competency-based environments that are tailored to individuals and that empower students to drive their own learning. What is new is the emergence of an online learning ecosystem and, with it, the technical possibility of equipping all students with a student-centered Read more about Educator competencies for student-centered teaching[…]

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Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19

What may be possible for education on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic? It is hard to imagine there will be another moment in history when the central role of education in the economic, social, and political prosperity and stability of nations is so obvious and well understood by the general population. Now is Read more about Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19[…]

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Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness

As school districts deliberate over reopening schools with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the Aurora Institute has developed a report with strategic guidance on how to harness our current opportunity to transform K-12 education. Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness offers insights and Read more about Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness[…]

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How Fundamental Change Happens in America

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Chester E. Finn, Jr. presents an explanation of what is needed to fundamentally change schooling in America. Excerpts from the piece appear below: What distinguishes problems we tackle in a serious way from those we mostly just wring our hands and protest over? What distinguishes those we merely tackle from Read more about How Fundamental Change Happens in America[…]

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10 Recommendations to Maintain Student Connections

The Aspen Institute has released 10 recommendations states can use to maintain student connections and relationships through the 2020-21 school year.   Healthy relationships and routines undergird the development of resilience, which is needed to engage successfully in academics and in life beyond school. These dimensions of student well-being and readiness-to-learn are under tremendous strain due Read more about 10 Recommendations to Maintain Student Connections[…]

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5 Things Educators Can Do Virtually to Support Students Experiencing Trauma

For many students, the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding traumatic experiences for diverse reasons, such as potential increased incidents of neglect, abuse, and isolation. At the same time, educators are limited in how they can support their students while schools are closed. REL Appalachia (REL AP) has been working with key stakeholders from the region in Read more about 5 Things Educators Can Do Virtually to Support Students Experiencing Trauma[…]

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How Did The World’s Highest Performing Education Systems Approach Distance Learning?

Almost all top-performing education systems transitioned to distance learning this past spring so students could continue learning during coronavirus-related school closures. In a new paper, NCEE summarizes initial takeaways from their experiences. They found that top-performing jurisdictions:  -Were initially better positioned than the U.S. to quickly implement distance learning;  -Increased capacity in this area since Read more about How Did The World’s Highest Performing Education Systems Approach Distance Learning?[…]

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Key Decisions for More Effective Distance Learning in the Fall

Writing for Future Ed, David Rosenberg, a partner at Education Resource Strategies, offers a commentary on how school districts can change the way they administer online learning to improve schools.  Through ERS’ work with district leaders to develop COVID Comeback School Models, the organization has identified three key decisions district leaders must make about remote Read more about Key Decisions for More Effective Distance Learning in the Fall[…]

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To Help Guide Decisions About COVID, Schools and Students, Researchers Are Compiling Decades of Data in Easy-to-Read Briefs

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and Results for America have announced a new EdResearch for Recovery Project, which will provide rapid-turnaround evidence briefs from top researchers to help answer the most pressing education-related questions from policymakers, educators, parents and other advocates as they respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about To Help Guide Decisions About COVID, Schools and Students, Researchers Are Compiling Decades of Data in Easy-to-Read Briefs[…]

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What Worked This Spring? Well-Designed and Delivered Courses

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Doug Lederman reported on the best practices that were incorporated in virtual classes that students rated most highly. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Professors and students alike viewed their remote learning experience most favorably this spring when their courses incorporated more “best practices.” That’s the path to making the Read more about What Worked This Spring? Well-Designed and Delivered Courses[…]

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June Issue Brief: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Degrees, credits, credentials, certificates, badges, microcredentials, and licenses are all ways of communicating to the world that an individual has gained particular knowledge and skills. The problem is, these signals do not seamlessly build on one another to provide a true picture of an individual’s expertise. Even within the higher education system, individuals who transfer Read more about June Issue Brief: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due[…]

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10 Questions for Equity Advocates to Ask About Distance Learning

Many states are leaving decisions about how to continue instruction during school closures up to districts. Digital Promise and The Education Trust have partnered to compile the following questions to guide equity advocates and district leaders as they engage in conversations to ensure that our most vulnerable students have equitable access to distance learning, both Read more about 10 Questions for Equity Advocates to Ask About Distance Learning[…]

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Half-Time High School May be Just What Students Need

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Michael Petrilli explains the opportunity we have to explore the benefits of a high school schedule that looks more like a college model. Excerpts from the piece appear below: While there’s much to rue about what the pandemic has taken away, it’s possible to glimpse a future in which technology Read more about Half-Time High School May be Just What Students Need[…]

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Students’ Internships Are Disappearing. Can Virtual Models Replace Them?

Writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Goldie Blumenstyk reviews opportunities for virtual internships to replace internships lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Employers themselves and new facilitators are stepping up to create alternative virtual internships, in some cases working closely with colleges to ensure academic credit. That much Read more about Students’ Internships Are Disappearing. Can Virtual Models Replace Them?[…]

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Exploring the HyFlex Option for Campuses Opening This Fall

Recently in Inside Higher Ed, Doug Lederman reviewed a new model that many campuses are considering for the fall: the HyFlex Option. Excerpts of the piece appear below:  Brian Beatty and his colleagues at San Francisco State are widely credited with conceiving the Hybrid-Flexible format in the mid-2000s as they sought to make their existing Read more about Exploring the HyFlex Option for Campuses Opening This Fall[…]

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