Here are a few of the education stories we’ve bookmarked recently.
There is no doubt that teachers have lacked access to their usual professional learning activities throughout the pandemic. However, academic summer programs for students that also offer professional learning opportunities for teachers could be a way to make up for lost time. In this post, The RAND Blog surveys U.S. K–12 teachers nationally and studies how a program like BellXcel Summer (BXS), can support positive summer learning experiences for educators.
As districts across the country grapple with how to effectively diversify their teacher forces, one school district in Colorado is making headway. The 74 Million explores how the Cherry Creek School district has been able to launch its own diverse ‘future educator pathway’ for high school students, which has been running for the past two years.
NPR interviews various educators from around the nation who have been able to return to their classrooms and meet their students face-to-face for the first time. Teachers like Amy Barksdale in Silver Spring, Maryland, describes her experience of finally seeing her students in real-life, “When I saw the first kid walk in, I really forgot how small they were…They were just so little. And they even looked at me and they were like, 'Wow! You're taller than I thought."
So much has changed for America’s students and their families since the beginning of the pandemic. This feature from The 74 Million consists of a collection of 52 striking and unforgettable images that document and frame the year that changed the nation’s schools forever.
Although many schools across the nation remain closed for in-person instruction, some have managed to reopen safely for many months. Within this feature by The Wall Street Journal, various educators and administrators are interviewed about how they were able to safely and effectively open up their schools during the pandemic.