Kindergarten Transitions Are Never Easy. But the Pandemic Has Made It Harder.

In an ordinary year, a child’s entrance into kindergarten is a major milestone for students and their families. The transition can be filled with trepidation, anticipation, eagerness and uncertainty. Some kids enter more prepared than others, with more support and more exposure to formal educational settings. Other children will have experienced nothing like it before. … Read more

School Counselors Have Implicit Bias. Some Are Ready to Address It.

During his sixth year as a school counselor, Derek Francis faced a situation that would change his career. It was 2017, and the Minnesota high school where he worked—which also happened to be the high school he attended as a teenager—was in turmoil over a video circulating on social media. In it, one of the … Read more

How These Districts Prioritized Relationships and Social-Emotional Support During the Pandemic

When schools shuttered suddenly more than a year ago, teachers and staff scrambled to recreate their school communities as best they could in a virtual environment. And while teaching and learning is a central component, not to be overlooked are the other, auxiliary experiences: the relationships forged, the support services provided, the social-emotional needs met. … Read more

How Much Does the U.S. Spend on Edtech? No One Knows, and That’s a Problem

The U.S. edtech industry is massive. By our estimate, startups and companies raised upward of $2.2 billion in 2020 alone. Yet, curiously, the amount districts, states and the federal government spend on these products each year is something of an unknown variable. According to a new analysis published this week by the Edtech Evidence Exchange, … Read more

Growing Evidence Indicates It Is Safe to Reopen School Buildings

The number of schools resuming in-person instruction continues to grow, as the U.S. ramps up its vaccination campaign and daily coronavirus cases continue to decline. As of mid-March, about half of U.S. students are attending traditional in-person school every day, and about 30 percent are participating in some face-to-face learning through a hybrid model, according … Read more

Biden Pushes Plan to Get Every Educator a Vaccine Dose by End of March

MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood, like so many other educators, has spent much of this school year frustrated and fearful. She’s been teaching face-to-face since September, behind a cloth mask and a plexiglass barrier. Her middle school—part of a suburban district outside of Columbia, S.C.—transitioned from a hybrid model to four days a week of in-person learning in … Read more

‘Little Band-Aids’ Won’t Fix the Child Care Industry. New Report Proposes an Overhaul.

The current child care system in the United States is broken, and everyone involved—the children, their parents and especially the workers supporting them—are suffering as a result, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley, which was released Tuesday. Despite a … Read more

A Social-Emotional Learning Expert Explains Why ‘Unity’ Is So Elusive

In his Inaugural Address last month, President Joe Biden spoke at length about unity. He mentioned the word 11 times in his 19-minute speech, as he implored Americans to set aside their differences and come together as one nation. Biden argued that unity offers the best way forward if our country hopes to heal from … Read more

The Pandemic Has Compounded the Turnover Problem in Early Childhood Education

For six years, Ernestina Fuentes had been building out her early childhood program, hiring trained staff, developing a model tailored to children with trauma and eventually earning a four-star quality rating from the state. Fuentes, the founder and director of Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools in Tucson, Ariz., had mostly avoided the high turnover rates that … Read more

College Board Changes AP Exams Again to Accommodate Pandemic-Era Testing

Since the Advanced Placement (AP) program began in the 1950s, tens of millions of students have taken their exams in school, with paper and pencil, over the course of several hours. That format held for decades, but ultimately could not withstand the challenges posed by a global pandemic. Last spring, the College Board, which oversees … Read more