Advice From College Presidents On Building Trust to Weather a Crisis

College leaders may be feeling some relief as the spring semester draws to a close. The arrival of May means that many of them officially survived the first wave of important decisions required to respond to COVID-19. As I wrote a few weeks ago, those leaders who put people first as they made these decisions and communicated with vulnerability, kindness and empathy were most likely to get the best results. As we enter summer, though, college presidents, Read More

Scheduling the COVID-19 School Year

Five days a week, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. That traditional school day—so coveted now for its normalcy and essential contribution to how our families, communities, and economy function—probably won’t make a full comeback this fall. Some school communities will forge ahead with a return to the typical school calendar, but that carries large risks. If there’s an outbreak of the coronavirus, they’ll have to shut down abruptly. But in many school districts, the sheer Read More

Fear of pulling the thread of racial illiteracy

One of the ways to dismantle systemic racism in schools is to require racial literacy programs for white teachers — to catch our own presuppositions in midair and hold them out. I have been trained to believe as a white woman that I have a biological deficit to speak with credibility about race. Due to how whiteness has been rendered as invisible in our society, much of our training as white people has taught us Read More

Going Back to a Better School: NEA Issues Guidance on Reopening

Many schools across the country will in all likelihood reopen in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. States are currently reviewing potential models that maximize both learning – whether in-person or continued remote instruction – and health and safety. Still, because of continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, “back to school” for many districts and college campuses remains more of an “if” than a “when.” As some states are currently discovering, reopening plans that ignore or Read More

5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall, And Beyond

There is no one answer for what the coming school year will look like, but it won’t resemble the fall of 2019. Wherever classrooms are open, there will likely be some form of social distancing and other hygiene measures in place that challenge traditional teaching and learning. Future outbreaks will make for unpredictable waves of closures. Virtual learning will continue. And all this will happen amid a historic funding crunch. American education has long been full of innovators Read More

Secretary DeVos Approves 10 Additional Perkins Career and Technical Education Plans

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved 10 additional career and technical education (CTE) plans. Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin are the latest states, along with the District of Columbia, to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Read More

Reflections On A Lost Senior Year With Hope For The Future

Emma Cockrum was in her second week of quarantine when her father discovered an old bike behind their house. And that bicycle turned out to be a gift: With school closed at East Ascension High School in Gonzales, La., bike riding for Emma became a way of coping with the loss of the rest of her senior year. “I would say the first two to three weeks we were out of school, I was not Read More

Report: Most districts lacked clear plans in shift to remote learning

It’s almost a given that districts will continue some level of distance learning this fall — either to maintain social distancing, respond to future coronavirus outbreaks, give families more choice or a combination of all of those reasons. District leaders can now begin planning “to align the resources, create teacher professional development and assess community priorities to design plans for the fall that have high expectations for each student’s learning and are responsive to each Read More

Colleges Must Mandate Face Masks on Reopened Campuses, Union Says

The required use of face masks on campuses, sanitation stations in every college classroom and office, and comprehensive COVID-19 testing and tracing programs are a few of the recommendations made this week by a United Faculty of Florida (UFF) committee, which stepped into the debate around reopening campuses with a detailed 13-page report of best practices. The intention is to be helpful, and to make sure the voices of students, faculty, staff, and health experts are Read More

Colleges Under Fire for Plans to Open Football Stadiums, Bring Back Athletes

PURDUE UNIVERSITY President Mitch Daniels came under fire Thursday during a Senate hearing for plans to allow fall sports teams back on campus for preseason practice and to open the university’s 57,000-seat football stadium for games. “I think it’s interesting that college sports teams are coming back for practices before professional sports leagues are feeling it’s safe enough to come back,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Read More