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

What to Think About When Your School is Closing Due to Coronavirus

COVID-19 has left many educators and administrators nationwide operating under a rapid response system to make sure learning continuity plans are in place for students. As of March 15, Education Week reports that “at least 64,000 schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 32.5 million students.”   While the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization offer advice and strategies on how to stay healthy and avoid community spread, below is a Read More

Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued new resources today that will assist education leaders in protecting student privacy and ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the event of school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Education Department also released importantinformation for K-12 educators on flexibilities the Department could grant when it comes to the accountability standards required by law under the Elementary and Secondary Read More

‘Big Mouth’ Creators On Embracing The Awkwardness Of Puberty

In the world of Netflix’s Big Mouth, an animated comedy about tweens stumbling their way through the mysteries of puberty, every character has a “hormone monster.” Literally, a horned monster that can appear (and disappear) out of nowhere and embodies each character’s innermost urgings. When a character is caught masturbating at a friend’s house, he is whisked away by a Voldemort-like “Shame Wizard” and tried in Shame Court. In short, the show externalizes the turmoil of Read More

Coronavirus School Closings Expose Digital Divide

THE MOUNTING SCHOOL closures amid the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. are exposing major equity gaps in access to technology and the internet, and the FCC needs to step in, according to FCC commissioners. “Now is absolutely the time to talk about the coronavirus disruption and how technology can help,” Jessica Rosenworcel, an FCC commissioner, said Tuesday during a Senate hearing. “Nationwide we are going to explore the expansion of tele-work, tele-health and tele-education, and in 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

As Schools Close Because Of Coronavirus, Nearly 300 Million Kids Aren’t In Class

As cases of coronavirus disease continue to be identified in countries around the world, the effort to stem its spread has kept some 290 million students home from school. According to the United Nations, as of Tuesday, 22 countries on three continents have closed schools because of the virus. “We are working with countries to assure the continuity of learning for all, especially disadvantaged children and youth who tend to be the hardest hit by Read More

Tuition-Free College Programs Gain Momentum

TIMARI RAY IS THE FIRST of her generation to attend college, and she says this wouldn’t be possible without the Tennessee Promise scholarship. “It keeps me motivated because I know that if I didn’t, you know, pass this class or if I fail the class or dropped out or anything, I know that I would literally lose everything,” says Ray, a freshman seeking her associate degree at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is speaking about Tennessee’s Read More

Using storytelling to teach critical thinking to students

Critical thinking and literature are two disciplines that play quite nicely together, as students can use the study of the latter to strengthen their skill set in the former. Having students examine a work of literature requires, after all, that they step into the points of view exhibited by the characters in a story. And this may then push young readers into critically examining their own lives, as noted in a 2009 study. But curriculum too Read More

Letters Urge Betsy DeVos To Erase Student Loans For Borrowers With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education must act to help thousands of student loan borrowers who have severe disabilities; that’s the message of two letters sent Tuesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Because of their disabilities, these borrowers qualify to have their federal student loans erased. But one letter, signed by more than 30 advocacy groups, says the department has made the application process so burdensome that most borrowers never get the help they’re entitled to. Read More