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8 Tips to Help Your Child Focus and Stay Engaged During Distance Learning

As schools are faced with the challenge of providing learning opportunities for all students at a distance, parents are called on to be more involved than ever before, particularly for their younger learners and those with learning challenges and disabilities. Maintaining high levels of engagement can be challenging even for savvy adult learners. Read more »

Judge Orders UC System to Drop ACT, SAT in Admissions

A California Superior Court judge on Monday ordered the University of California System to stop using the SAT and ACT in its admissions and scholarship decisions.

The ruling is in response to a legal challenge from several students and advocacy groups contending that the system’s new policy, which considers but doesn’t require applicants’ admissions test scores, puts students with disabilities at a disadvantage amid the pandemic. Read more »

Depression Increases More Than Three-Fold In Wake Of Pandemic, Study Finds

Medical experts and public health leaders have been expressing concern about the wave of mental health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Some have even referred to it as a possible second pandemic. Read more »

Mental health: To Screen or Not to Screen?

Feeling detached from everyone and everything beyond their family because of the pandemic may cause students who have never been on educators’ radar in the past for mental health concerns to start bubbling to the surface as the school year begins—regardless of whether they are continuing to learn remotely or back at school buildings. Read more »

The Role Social-Emotional Learning Plays in Teaching White Children About Race

When you grow up white in America, you learn that you are simply American. If you’re not white, you learn that you have to qualify your identity: African American, Asian American, Latin American. Children pick this up at a very young age. Non-white children figure out that they are different, they are “other,” they are not the standard; the world was not designed for them. White children learn the opposite—that they are at the center and that others are defined by their difference. Read more »

Watch Out For These 3 Mistakes You’re Making During Distance Teaching

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on from this past spring, it’s that distance learning is challenging. Undoubtedly, much of this was due to the fact that teachers had limited time to move their entire curriculum online, and few were trained to carry out what was essentially emergency remote instruction. Read more »

Back-to-School Blues 5: How to Take Care of Yourself (When You’re Too Busy Taking Care of Everyone Else)

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Our final theme in the Back-to-School Blues series, how to take care of yourself (when you’re too busy taking care of everyone else), is arguably the most important. We all know that if the primary caregiver isn’t doing OK then no one is. But there is still so much laundry to get done and so many things we’d rather do than meditate. Read more »

Khan Academy ‘Keep Everyone Learning’ Resources [web resource]

When schools closed down in the spring of 2020, Khan Academy realized that it could help students, parents and teachers who were struggling to deal with the challenges of distance learning, so they assembled a collection of resources for districts, teachers, parents and students to keep everyone learning and help them navigate these new circumstances.

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Remote Learning Exacerbates Inequality. Here’s How We Must Support the Most Vulnerable Kids

written by Devorah Heitner

My son finished elementary school at our local, Title 1 public school this spring. Distance learning under emergency conditions was a challenge. For some it was especially tough. Some kids never made it to class meetings. Other students shared one device among three or more siblings. The experience highlighted the significant challenge in making remote learning equitable in a country with deep economic stratification. Read more »

What Does it Mean to be Anti-Racist? [web resource] [video]

Anti-racism is a term that’s been around for awhile but has been appearing more in conversations lately. It’s the idea that people of all races, but especially white people, need to step up when they see explicit or structural racism. So, what are you doing in your schools or communities to combat racism? Or what do you want to do? Read more »

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