What We Heard From Early Childhood Educators During the Pandemic Year

In February, Philadelphia-based early childhood educator Adrienne Briggs found herself in a quandary. Partially in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, state licensing rules had changed in December 2020. But Briggs wasn’t able to get her hands on a hard copy of the new regulations, and no one, it seemed, could tell her what was … Read more

An Oral History of Early Childhood Educators During the Pandemic

Yessika Magdaleno, owner of a home-based child care program in Orange County, Calif., is a problem-solver by nature. When she opened her program 20 years ago, she attracted families by expanding her hours to nights and weekends to accommodate those with non-traditional work hours. When she felt that her own children were not well-served by … Read more

Online Learning Is Not the Enemy

After a challenging and unique year of emergency remote learning, I recently spoke with a group of faculty members new to online teaching to learn more about their experiences. While no two educators ever face identical challenges, I heard the same refrains over and over. The first won’t come as a surprise to anyone: The … Read more

The Pandemic Was Disastrous for Early Childhood Education—And Both Kids and Adults Are Feeling It

The long-running pandemic has disrupted every facet of education. But the early childhood sector has been particularly devastated. Over the past 16 months, young children have experienced learning setbacks and fewer social experiences, while their educators have endured degraded working conditions, stress from job uncertainty and mental health declines. Much has been reported, written, observed … Read more

That Class Where Stanford Profs Projected Hundreds of Zoom Students on a Video Wall

The pandemic inspired some professors to get creative in their teaching as they tried to move in-person courses online in engaging ways. At Stanford University, a popular large-lecture course used a giant video wall to let professors see as many of the course’s 250 students at once as possible and try to read the virtual … Read more

Secretary Cardona Says Back to Normal Is a ‘Low Bar’ in Early Childhood Education

Getting back to normal may be a chief goal of cities, states and ordinary people as the pandemic subsides. But when it comes to the broken state of early childhood education in the U.S., the status quo would be nothing short of an unfortunate outcome, says Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. On Tuesday, Cardona convened a … Read more

How Schools Can Adapt Pandemic Protocols to Support Students’ Mental Health

Two years ago, I had the distinct honor of facilitating a conversation with Lorena Sanabria, a student who was present during the 2017 Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., at a national education conference. As we sat together on stage, Lorena, who was 17 years old at the time but wise far … Read more

Will Fabulous Prizes Entice Students to Come On Down and Get Vaccinated?

Million-dollar giveaways. Vacation packages. And yes, even free marijuana. States are getting creative, to say the least, when it comes to enticing adults to get a COVID-19 vaccine. For the under-18 crowd, the incentives are more PG but no less potentially life-changing. They’re getting a shot at thousands of dollars in scholarships. States are trying … Read more

Amid Objections to Automated Proctoring, One Company Abandons the Practice

The use of remote proctoring has surged as colleges shifted to remote instruction during the pandemic. But not everyone is on board with the practice. Many students and even some schools have pushed back against the practice, especially objecting to automated services that rely on algorithms that watch students via their webcam and look for … Read more