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| School systems have implemented a variety of practices to support students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruption to traditional schooling. These include developmentally appropriate strategies for understanding and regulating emotions and practicing self-care, guiding families on how to create supportive home environments, and fostering an overarching commitment to creating connectedness across physical distance.
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| The Covid-19 pandemic puts a stark light on an emerging truth—education as we know it is over, and we must think of “school” in deeply different ways. Here is my top ten list of policies that could allow us to seize this moment to strengthen learning for our students—today and into the future.
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| Community schools create opportunities for engaged and rigorous learning rooted in the assets and needs of students, families, and the larger community. As COVID-19 forced schools to close and shift to distance learning, teachers at two Los Angeles community schools adapted and created community-based learning projects that address issues currently affecting students’ lives.
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| All students benefit from opportunities to reflect on their learning and work. Around the country, schools are adopting portfolios, showcases, and other forms of performance assessment to help students build essential metacognitive skills. Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, these strategies can also be an effective way to bring closure and add meaning to a tumultuous school year.
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| The pandemic and resulting school closures have made clear the essential role schools play in the lives of students, families, and communities. Besides their core role of advancing learning, they have fed millions of children and families, provided computers and connectivity to those without, and—in many cases—enabled child care for essential workers. Pandemic-related state budget cuts will make federal stimulus funds critical to ensuring that school systems can continue to fill these vital functions.
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| Schools, districts, educators, and families are not equally empowered to switch to distance education in response to the pandemic. Educators, policymakers, and partners have taken on the essential work of bridging the technology gap, but tactical interventions alone are insufficient. Another challenge—and opportunity—brought on by the COVID-19 crisis is the need to shift to next-generation instructional models characterized by collaboration, student agency, and opportunities to learn in diverse settings.
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| Reductions in state revenue and corresponding cuts to state education budgets will mean significant cuts to teaching positions unless the federal government provides increased education funding to states. This blog explores the potential impact of state budget cuts on teaching positions. An accompanying interactive allows for a state-by-state analysis based on different funding scenarios.
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| This blog was updated August 7, 2020, to include state-by-state analysis of the CARES act and federal legislation currently under consideration. The blog and interactive explore how education funding can be impacted by COVID-19 related declines in state tax revenues and how federal stimulus aid can offset deep education cuts.
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| To make the most of federal funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, districts and states should invest in systems, structures, and supports that increase long-term capacity and produce immediate benefits for historically underserved students. Here are five evidence-based and equity-focused investments to support students and schools grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
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| During the COVID-19 crisis, millions of children who are homeless and food insecure can't access essential services or learning. But people are coming together to provide learning opportunities and to care for our students.