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PROOF POINTS: Could more time in school help students after the pandemic?

It seems intuitive that what children need now is more time. Because students missed so much instruction during the pandemic, teachers should get extra time to fill all those instructional holes, from teaching mathematical percents and zoological classifications to discussing literary metaphors and American history.  Indeed, many advocacy groups, including the Learning Policy Institute and […]

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How an extended day, other innovations turned a Denver middle school around

It’s a midweek afternoon and all 450 of the students at our Denver middle school are staying an hour later. They’re not in detention. The buses aren’t late. Instead, students are participating in a range of activities, from a rocket-building class to one-on-one tutoring in math, and they’re excited to be here. I’m the principal […]

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OPINION: Months without play dates, hugs from grandma and trips to the library

Around six months ago, stay-at-home orders and school closures upended normal life for children of all ages across the United States. The loss of academic learning has been a huge concern, but we’re not talking enough about the implications of long-term “social distancing” for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. As a parent who has been trying […]

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A tiny microbe upends decades of learning

In some cities, school buses now deliver daily paper packets of schoolwork, along with bagged breakfasts and lunches. In others, schools use PBS’s “Nova” program to help teach science. Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. This […]

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Tears, confusion and financial woes as colleges abruptly end semesters and send students home

NEW YORK – The minute colleges began shutting down amidst coronavirus concerns this week, researcher and author Anthony Abraham Jack worried about the many low-income students he mentors. Where would they go? (Some don’t have homes that easily welcome them back.) How would they get there? (Scholarships don’t always come with extra travel money for […]

Posted inElementary to High School

Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well. Coronavirus closures gave many just days.

After the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy announced on Friday, March 13, that it would shift its 11 schools to online learning because of the coronavirus crisis, teacher Theresa Ordell switched to high gear. The next Monday she was at her school, South Phoenix Primary and Intermediate, to get ready. This story also appeared in […]