June 17, 2021


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Equity Through Computer Science
Can Elementary Computer Science be Equity’s New Language? That’s what a group of superintendents from across the U.S and Canada try to determine as they reflect on overcoming obstacles during the pandemic, innovations in their districts, and what it means to bring culturally relevant pedagogy to public education.

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Biden wants to fix the nation’s teacher shortage. Educators say the problem is worsening.
NBC News
It wasn’t so long ago that Charles Prijatelj, the superintendent of the Altoona Area School District, was receiving up to 150 applications for elementary school teacher job openings. In recent years, however, the number of applicants for each opening at his 7,400-student district in central Pennsylvania has dwindled to as little as three or four.

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Rich schools, poor schools and a Biden plan
The New York Times
Can President Biden fix America’s inequitable public school funding? The administration’s latest budget proposal suggests he’s going to try. The plan includes a $20 billion program for high-poverty school districts. States would get additional funding if they “address longstanding funding disparities” between rich and poor districts.

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Extended learning time: 5 things to consider
Tech & Learning
Congress put an emphasis on addressing learning loss in the latest round of stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, which places new ideas and strategies at the forefront of addressing the toughest challenges emerging from the pandemic. Many districts are putting extended learning time into their plans in the hope that students, especially the most vulnerable, will come back in the fall having closed the gaps created during the last two years.

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Some young immigrants work to support their families. Can schools support them?
EdSurge
In January, the COVID-19 pandemic was reaching its apex in the US and quarantine had most people stuck at home. But travel restrictions didn’t stop 18-year-old Geovanni Diaz from logging hundreds of hours in transit. He had to go to work. Diaz is a high school student in Oakland, Calif. He arrived in 2019, from Guatemala, and like thousands of recent immigrant kids in the U.S., he’s worked while attending school in order to pay rent and support himself and his mother. He’s no stranger to a long commute, either.

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Compassion fatigue is overwhelming educators during the pandemic
Education Week
In April 2020, my great-aunt suddenly died from a rare and aggressive cancer. She was an adored and hilarious high school “cafeteria lady” of 20 years, but her funeral wasn’t the celebratory affair I had envisioned: a procession of students past and present, decades in the future. Rather, it was me, her casket, and my cellphone.

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It’s been two years since some English learners sat for language exams. Schools will get a new chance to test their skills.
Chalkbeat
It has been two years since many New York City students learning English as a new language have taken state exams to gauge their fluency and determine what services they need to succeed. This fall, the state will allow schools to give some of the nearly 140,000 English learners in city public schools an exam to see exactly where they stand.

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3 education trends to watch for the upcoming school year
Tech & Learning
We’ve seen technology adopted in education more widely from 2019 to 2021 than it may have been used in the previous ten years. Education is encountering an ever-evolving reformation that will hopefully create a better system for learning and teaching on the other side of the pandemic.

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Creating access, connectivity and support for English learners
THE Journal
Even under the best of circumstances, remote learning can be challenging. For English learners, this challenge is compounded by linguistic barriers, lack of access and socioeconomic stressors. To ensure learning gaps aren’t being exacerbated during the pandemic, it’s crucial that educators consider how to create access, connectivity and family supports for English learners. Here are steps that can be taken to address these priorities at the district and classroom levels.

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.TECHNOLOGY

3 ways to support understaffed IT departments
EdTech Magazine
Educational technology boomed in response to the pandemic. Across the nation, districts worked to get devices into students’ hands. Connectivity increased as entire cities came together to provide internet access for teaching and learning. Educators found new classroom tools for online instruction that they will carry into the classroom. And companies — those new to the industry as well as old pros — made leaps and bounds in the educational technology space.

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One big reason schools are ditching remote learning: The cost
Education Week
Heath Oates, the superintendent of the El Dorado Springs school district, is in a fiscal pickle. In his rural district in western Missouri where both cell phone and Wi-Fi service is spotty, a substantial portion of his students want to continue learning online next year. But online education will be academically hazardous for his students and may be financially unsustainable for his district, Oates has concluded.

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5 solutions for fixing the flaws in online learning
District Administration Magazine
One-third of schools will maintain remote instruction as an option for all students post-COVID, says an ongoing survey of teachers’ and principals’ experiences of the pandemic. However, as many educators have realized, teachers and principals also reported that instructional time and curriculum coverage were significantly lower in fully remote schools, according to the final installment of the RAND American Educator Panels reports.

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New COVID-19 aid coalition highlights strategies for retaining teachers, digital learning
Education Week
A dozen education and governmental organizations say they plan a prolonged effort to help educators use federal COVID-19 relief money effectively, and have shared promising strategies states have chosen to help students and schools navigate the challenges created by the pandemic.

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Virtual learning will become more permanent post-COVID
eSchool News
About two in 10 U.S. school districts have already adopted, plan to adopt or are considering adopting virtual learning after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a RAND Corporation study published earlier this year. The survey of district leaders indicates that virtual learning was the innovative practice that most district leaders anticipated would continue, citing both student and parent demand for continuing various forms of online instruction.

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Without digital equity, students lose the opportunity to learn
EdTech Magazine
Over the past few months, the topic of learning loss has been discussed with increased frequency and, in some circles, urgency. For many educators, the phrase strikes a nerve, and it’s easy to see why. The term learning loss implies that teachers stopped teaching, when in fact teachers have been working harder than ever. While the pandemic presented many challenges for K–12 education over the past year, education never stopped.

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.EDUCATION HEADLINES

Who’s teaching the children crossing the US border? Answers to 6 questions
Education Week
Since 2014, more than 250,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the southwestern border of the United States and the influx has risen in recent months.

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A year behind the mask: As this school year draws to a close, educators reflect on teaching without face time
Chalkbeat
They wore microphones and tried face shields. They cut holes into surgical masks for instruments. They leaned more heavily than normal on videos and other visuals. And they spent a lot of their days telling students over and over to pull their masks up. “I can see your face — it’s gorgeous — but I don’t want to,” one teacher repeatedly joked with her high schoolers.

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Report: Number of English learners continues to decline, which could affect funding in schools
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The number of Wisconsin English learners enrolled in public schools has declined for the second straight year, which could have state funding ramifications, according to a recently released report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. From 2001 to 2019, Wisconsin’s English learner student population grew from about 30,000 to nearly 52,000 — an increase of 73%. In the 2020-21 school year, English learner enrollment has declined to 50,630. The statewide decline could mean school districts receive less state funding or become ineligible altogether.

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Data: English learners disproportionately missing from school during pandemic
The CT Mirror
Amna Mohamed and her four children, born in Sudan, are learning English in New Haven public schools. Ali is in the fifth grade; Halima and Mostafa are in second grade and kindergarten, respectively. Walid, the youngest, is in preschool. When COVID-19 pushed school online, the district provided Mohamed’s children with computers and iPads but couldn’t give them the morale or resolve needed to attend and engage with virtual class. Mohamed said the absences began to pile up.

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