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4 ideas for improving digital equity
Education leaders nationwide share strategies to help promote digital equity when the new school year begins. A district in rural Virginia got creative about bringing internet access to its community, launching solar-powered "wireless on wheels" mobile units and parking them at local churches, fire departments and a fast-food restaurant.Education Week
Could learning resume this year with micro-schools?
Bringing teachers to students -- in the form of micro-schools within the community -- could help restart education amid the coronavirus pandemic, educator John McLaughlin suggests in this commentary. McLaughlin writes about starting his teaching career more than 40 years ago with eight students in a micro-class within a micro-school and explains how the model could work today in libraries, homes or community centers.
Text messages engage families in literacy
Close to 130 organizations, including school districts, participate in Ready4K, an opt-in text-messaging program designed to engage parents in students' literacy development. San Francisco Unified School District in California piloted the text-messaging program and found that students performed better on reading exams when their families received the texts.The Hechinger Report
The Hidden Cost of Classroom Interruptions
Brown University professor Matthew A. Kraft shares his latest research findings from schools: even small interruptions erode instructional time more than you think. He proposes strong steps schools and teachers can take to minimize these interruptions in Educational Leadership.ASCD Educational Leadership
CDC guidelines for reopening schools heavily emphasize getting students back in the classroom
With some school districts just weeks away from the start of the academic year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released long-awaited guidelines Thursday for reopening with a heavy emphasis on getting students back into the classroom. NBC, June 23, 2020Full Story
Using School and Child Welfare Data to Predict Educational Outcomes
Research indicates that absenteeism, suspensions, poor grades, and low test scores are risk factors for dropping out of high school. For that reason, many school districts use early warning systems to track attendance, behavior, and course performance so they can identify students at risk of academic problems. By using school data to identify at-risk students early, educators can help students improve their academic performance and increase their chances of completing high school.
Opinion: Focus on 5 areas for digital transition
SMASH Academy, a national STEM education summer program for students of color, has transitioned its established in-person program to a virtual one during the coronavirus pandemic. In this commentary, Danielle Rose and Zorel Zambrano, both from SMASH Academy, share five keys to adopting a digital program, including closing the digital and connectivity divide.EdSurge
Steps to build a diverse teaching force
There are several steps that school leaders can take to create a diverse teaching workforce, education experts say. Officials suggest developing build-your-own-educator programs, which look within the district for ethnically and racially diverse teachers, and partnering with outside organizations that promote diversity and equity.Education Week