How Innovative Educators Are Engaging Students Online

When governors and state superintendents closed schools because of the coronavirus, it took teachers and faculty a matter of days—and in many cases a few hours—to move their classes online. Despite the differences between online learning and face-to-face learning, the level of commitment and creativity from educators is stronger than ever. Cecily Corcoran, a middle school art teacher from Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, was ahead of the online learning game because she made it her personal goal earlier in school year to update her Read More

4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

With most schools closed nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. The poll of 849 teenagers, by Common Sense Media, conducted with SurveyMonkey, found that as schools across the country transition to some form of online learning, 41% of teenagers overall, including 47% of public school students, say they haven’t attended a single online or virtual 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

Coronavirus Public Health Emergency Underscores Need for Department of Education’s Proposed Distance Learning Rules

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules today that would govern distance learning for higher education students. Although work on the proposed Distance Learning and Innovation regulation started more than a year ago, the COVID-19 National Emergency underscores the need for reform and for all educational institutions to have a robust capacity to teach remotely. “With our support, colleges and universities were among the first to transition to online and distance learning so learning could continue during Read More

Coronavirus closures present districts opportunities to rethink schedules

The sudden closure of schools due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic creates both challenges and opportunities for districts. At this point, few states indicate schools will reopen before the end of the school year. The lengthy break will likely lead to learning loss, experts warn. In an episode of Harvard EdCast, Jennifer McCombs, a senior policy researcher for RAND Corporation, said students from low-income families and those performing below grade-level are at the highest risk. These at-risk students may 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

Study: New Hampshire Lacks Pandemic Planning Laws for Schools

AS SCHOOLS CLOSE AND turn toward virtual learning amid the exponential spread of the coronavirus, nearly every U.S. state has laws that allow for schools to plan how to respond to pandemics. Just one state doesn’t, according to a March report from Child Trends: New Hampshire. The education research organization’s report, which was developed by studying state health and education codes in LexisNexis and Westlaw, found that the laws in most states allow for flexibility when it Read More

Readout of Vice President Pence and Secretary DeVos’ Conference Call with Education Stakeholders

WASHINGTON – Today, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos held a conference call with leaders of several national K-12 education organizations to answer their questions and to provide an update on what the Department of Education has done so far to support students, parents, and educators during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Vice President and Secretary began the call with opening remarks and provided an update Read More

States Get Creative To Find And Deploy More Health Workers In COVID-19 Fight

When Dr. Judy Salerno, who is in her 60s, got word that the New York State health department was looking for retired physicians to volunteer in the coronavirus crisis, she didn’t hesitate. “As I look to what’s ahead for New York City, where I live, I’m thinking that if I can use my skills in some way that I will be helpful, I will step up,” she says. Salerno says she doesn’t think of herself as Read More