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We know what will work to help kids catch up after the pandemic’s unprecedented disruptions to education. This series of stories — produced in partnership with the Christian Science Monitor and the Ed Labs at AL.com, the Dallas Morning News, the Fresno Bee and the Seattle Times — explores how schools and districts have embraced best practices for back to school.
The science of catching up
Daily tutoring for those who are most behind rises to the top in research evaluations
When kids pick their ‘trusted adult,’ it pays off
A district made it every employee’s job, from math teachers to custodians, to support student mental health in the pandemic
Zeroing in on a handful of strategies to catch kids up in math
Tutoring, flexible instruction and targeted support are among the efforts schools are trying to build students’ strengths
Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?
How educators are trying to maintain progress on digital divide
Alabama community college overhaul improves the odds for unprepared students
As students return this fall, the path to a degree should be shorter – and cheaper – for many
Children’s brains on stress
New research findings on depression and anxiety signal that the pandemic’s toll is steep, and hold lessons for parents and teachers navigating the return to school
International newcomer academies offer lessons on how to quickly catch up children who are learning English
Educators say English-language learners were among the hardest hit during the pandemic