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The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission’s Voucher Scheme

By |2020-04-24T19:47:14-04:00April 24th, 2020|Coronavirus, School Improvement|

"The Commission recommends that states help families return to work with access to K–12 education by making existing education funding student-centered and portable." "Hell, yes!"  You can hear parents across the country yell upon reading the quote above, taken from The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission recommendation for k-12 education. For many American parents, this extended experiment [...]

Has Your School Closed Due to Coronavirus? If So, Here Are Some Resources

By |2020-03-16T11:32:06-04:00March 13th, 2020|Current Events in Education|

Across the country, schools are preparing for long-term closures. Use these resources below to help students stay on track and parents be sane! We will add to this list hourly. Just leave us a comment with the resource. Curriculum Associates:  Reading:Grade K | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8 Mathematics:Grade K | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade [...]

Teaching in a Time of Coronavirus Anxiety

By |2020-03-10T20:51:46-04:00March 10th, 2020|Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, High School, Social Studies|

Every day I cover at least one current event topic with my sophomore Global History and Geography classes.  Recently, only one issue dominates the coronavirus.  We began our discussions a month ago by looking at China and predicting the impact on the economy.  As the days progressed, we viewed pictures taken by NASA showing diminishing [...]

Teaching in 2020: Where Everyone Gets a Choice, Except Teachers

By |2020-08-28T12:18:32-04:00August 28th, 2020|COVID-19, Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines|

As we continue to grapple with the changes that are impacting our communities, school reopening plans are at the forefront of most conversations. It is not hard to recognize that most everyone is flying by the seat of their pants as decisions are made and unmade with little notice. The issue of schools reopening continues [...]

The American Teacher: Savior or Scapegoat?

By |2020-08-24T12:32:13-04:00August 24th, 2020|Ask a Teacher, COVID-19, How to Fix Education, The State of Education|

Absolutely necessary; extremely important; crucial; necessary; key; vital; indispensable; needed; required; vitally important; critical; life-and-death; imperative; mandatory; compulsory; obligatory; compelling; urgent; pressing; burning; acute; paramount; preeminent;high-priority; significant; consequential. These words describe the word essential. Notice how many words are employed to define a single word. Anthropologists note that the higher a term is valued, the [...]

DON’T BE FOOLED: The Fall Will Be Difficult, But Teachers Were Demoralized Long Before COVID-19

By |2020-08-13T21:48:57-04:00August 13th, 2020|Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion|

Yes, the next few months of American education might well go down as the most challenging time in the careers of most classroom teachers. But the waves of change instigated by the Coronavirus crisis should not obscure the real story of American education. It is this story that policy-makers and parents should heed. While the [...]

Teaching In A Mask: Preparing for Fall 2020

By |2020-08-09T16:58:48-04:00August 9th, 2020|Back to School, Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Current Events in Education, Instruction & Curriculum|

I've been thinking about wearing a mask lately. With that, I've been thinking about back to school. It's that time of year for teachers when we're all thinking even more about the upcoming school year. Rereading our curriculum, getting our classrooms ready...it's very exciting. But this year, things are different. School districts have begun to [...]

This Year Will Be a Lost School Year

By |2020-08-05T21:53:07-04:00August 5th, 2020|Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion|

Everyone is anxious about the upcoming school year.  Parents need and want their kids in school.  Teachers miss the personal interactions that define teaching.  Truth be told, I think everyone misses the structure and security of having schools open.  But, many people realize we don’t have control of a contagious disease ravaging our communities.  Instead [...]

Universities Collaborate on the Biggest Experiment in Higher Ed: Reopening

By |2020-08-03T16:38:02-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Current Events in Education|

By Kate Brennan This fall universities across the nation will collaborate on Higher Ed’s largest experiment: opening their doors during a worldwide pandemic. Wittingly or not, faculty and students have been enlisted as the test subjects.  Even with coronavirus cases spiking nationally, with proof that individuals of all ages - including children - can die from this highly communicable disease, [...]