Report: State preschool programs at risk of ‘long-term damage’

States spent $8.7 billion on preschool last school year — a 3.5% increase over the previous year — but publicly funded early-childhood education programs are at risk of experiencing “long-term damage” due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy, according to leaders of the National Institute for Early Education Research. “The current and looming economic crisis poses a considerable threat to state-funded pre-K,” W. Steven Barnett, NIEER’s senior co-director and founder, said Monday during a press call. “It Read More

Why Teachers Are Key in Boosting Girls’ Interest in Math

Many of America’s top math students may be naturally good at numbers, but when it comes to the appeal of the subject, a vast number of them point to teachers as being the most influential in boosting their interest. That’s the finding of a national survey of 1,253 11th and 12th graders, conducted by the Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) that queried the students about their views on math and STEM. The students are participants in this Read More

Why students need looping now more than ever

The months after Spring Break are a sacred time for educators — teachers in every school across America look forward to these last two months as an opportunity to crystallize an entire year’s worth of human connection, learning and special classroom memories. In a situation that is equally unbelievable and profoundly tragic, stay-at-home orders bring an abrupt end to these magical moments that usually define the school year. Yet it doesn’t have to end. It doesn’t have Read More

While some preschoolers learn online, most programs seek stability

Early last month, Rhian Allvin, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, published a blog post with the title, “Making Connections: There’s No Such Thing as Online Preschool.” The premise of the article was that an online early education curriculum is in no way “comparable to a high-quality, full-day, full-year early-childhood education program.” Unfortunately, stay-at-home orders have put a halt to many young children’s first year in the classroom, and online platforms Read More

How Colleges Are Grading Students During Coronavirus

When Carolynn van Arsdale, a senior at the University of Vermont, was forced to leave her campus amid coronavirus concerns last month, it caused a lot of complications. ” I was forced to move out of my apartment building and move into my mother’s house in a different state,” she said. “I lost one of my jobs … and I’ve been struggling with my mental health. All of these stresses have challenged me in being Read More

Darling-Hammond: COVID-19 brings ‘central importance of public education back to people’s minds’

Few education researchers have had as much influence on educational policy and practice over the past quarter century than Linda Darling-Hammond. A former teacher and school founder, the Stanford University scholar is president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, and last year, she was appointed president of the California State Board of Education. In this Q&A, Darling-Hammond discusses the state board’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, how school closures are affecting her research interests and the Read More

The Beat Goes On: High School Choirs Improvise In The Age Of Coronavirus

Spring semester was off to a pretty normal start at Rolling Meadows High School. The school, in a northwest suburb of Chicago, was gearing up for the goodbye rituals of every spring semester: senior prom, end-of-year exams and graduation. Caitlyn Walsh, the school’s music teacher, was looking forward to the big choir concert and the spring musical. “From the fine arts scene we have a lot of end-of-year activities that are very cherished,” she says. Read More

With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

With school closed, Marla Murasko begins her morning getting her 14-year-old son, Jacob, dressed and ready for the day. They have a daily check-in: How are you doing? How are you feeling? Next, they consult the colorful, hourly schedule she has pinned on the fridge. Jacob, who has Down syndrome, loves routine. So this daily routine is important. Schools in Hopkinton, Mass., are closed until May 4th, so Jacob’s morning academic lesson — which according to Read More

U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON — The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students’ civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities Read More

Life Skills a Powerful Tool in School-Based Drug Prevention Programs

Generation after generation, parents and educators have worked to steer kids away from drugs and alcohol. But until recently, there was little research to show them the most effective ways of doing so. In the past, school-based prevention programs mostly attempted to scare young people away from drugs. Kids of the ‘90s may recall a teacher popping in a VHS tape that showed a teen revved up on PCP. The video ends with the teen jumping off the roof of Read More