Category: COVID-19

Edutopia reports that Teachers Around the World Tell Us Reopening Is Tough, but Joyful – In countries where infection rates have stabilized, schools are reopening

” Edutopia article had worldwide feedback from over 600 teachers about their return to class and what they shared was: THE BIG PICTURE—THINGS ARE GOING WELL ALTERNATE DAY ATTENDANCE IS THE NEW NORMAL NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU’LL NEED GOOD TECHNOLOGY WATCH FOR A SPECIAL CASE OF TEACHER BURNOUT STILL IN MOTION AT SOME HIGH …

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4 things you can do to root out anti-black racism in your school

“First and foremost, educators, even in this stay-at-home moment, you must address racism in America in your schools and classrooms. You must let students talk about what they feel, encourage them to write about their emotions, and create space for students to emote—even as all of that will have to be done virtually. This is …

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Five Things Not To Do When Schools Re-open by Pasi Sahlberg

“Many are afraid losing their health, the lives of loved ones, their jobs, their dreams, and their futures. What most parents probably expect from schools now is safety and stability, not revolution or change. I like many others think that now is the time to reimagine schools. But I am afraid that making these dreams come true at scale will be very difficult.”

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And now we have to prioritize recess too?

“But when children return to school, we must ensure recess is meaningful, playful and inclusive. Why is recess so important, and why now?”

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Attendance Playbook: Smart Strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism in the Covid Era from Attendance Works

“Over the past decade, a growing body of knowledge of what works to improve attendance for groups of students with disproportionately high rates of chronic absence has emerged due to the hard work of a practitioners and researchers across the country. With nearly eight million students chronically absent nationwide, we can’t afford to waste time and resources doing business as usual. Our students and families deserve better.”

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The shift to working online requires teachers to think a little differently about how to build the culture they want with their students: 5 helpful steps from Edutopia

Complete a culture inventory Establish digital community agreements Establish trusting relationships Build respect Scaffold responsibility Read article

What Role Can the Education Community Play to End Racism and Begin Healing?

7 ways educational communities can be proactive

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US data on COVID-19 and its impact on schools helpful for planning for September

Delivering distance learning
Inequity across schools
Anticipating what’s next

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“A connected school always focuses on planting flowers instead of pulling weeds”: 5 Strategies for closure and transition

“Calming year end stress for can include these strategies:
1. Symbolic gifts
2. photos and affirmations
3. planting and nurturing
4. Remember to breathe
5. the family tree

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5 ways to build and maintain virtual classroom sense of community

“Secure your safety belt first.
Infuse exercises that involve connectedness
Let everyone play a role.
Embrace questions
Practice the art of listening.”

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