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Which High School Sports Pose the Greatest Risk for Coronavirus Spread? – Rules for Engagement

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As the spread of the novel coronavirus begins to slow in parts of the United States, K-12 school leaders and state athletic association leaders are weighing the risk of restarting workouts and practices for high school athletes. The National Federation of State High School Associations' Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a 15-member panel of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, high school coaches, state athletic association executives, and officials, released guidelines that identify the potential infection risk by sport, labeling the most common high school sports as lower-, intermediate or higher-risk. Here's a look at the sports and the potential risk, as outlined
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Why I Showed My Young Children the Video of George Floyd’s Death

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Opinion —Illustration courtesy of Allison Matulli As a Black mother, it was a simple decision By Allison Matulli This Memorial Day, George Floyd died in the streets of Minneapolis. I felt enraged as a black mother, a lawyer, an educator, and a human being. The totality of my soul felt his life being stolen from this earth. Another fallen soul in the streets, his lifeless body just one more to add to the endless statistics. Like so many others, I am home schooling two little ones attached to digital devices throughout the day, so joining an in-person protest during the
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Schools and Community Resilience | Harvard Graduate School of Education

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While there’s a lot of buzz about how well (or poorly) schools transitioned to remote instruction, providing an effective and equitable education means delivering more than just academic services to families and communities in the midst of a pandemic.   “In fact, focusing solely on schools’ capacities to provide high-quality remote learning opportunities to students at scale may perversely weaken communities, as such a focus fails to recognize schools’ diverse and far-reaching roles in promoting community resilience,” writes a team of researchers from the Justice in Schools initiative, which includes postdoctoral fellow Jacob Fay, HGSE Professor Meira Levinson, University of Wisconsin
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Jamaal Bowman Poised to Swell Ranks of Former Educators in Congress – Politics K-12

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Jamaal Bowman, who until recently served as a public school principal in New York City and is running for Congress on a promise to create a "New Deal" for education, is close to officially pulling off a big upset win and joining several prominent ex-educators on Capitol Hill.  Bowman has declared victory over incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., in the race to be the Democratic nominee in New York state's 16th congressional district during what became a high-profile intra-party contest. While election analysts have also said he's won the primary election based on his substantial lead in the initial vote
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The Summer 2020 Issue of Education Next is here!

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In the cover story, Christine Mulhern reveals that when it comes to school counselors, quality varies and can matter as much as with teachers for driving student outcomes. In a feature article, William Furey reports that the official study materials for teacher elementary-certification licensing exams in 29 states and the District of Columbia reference learning styles—a theory which holds that matching instruction to students’ preferred mode of learning is beneficial—despite overwhelming evidence that designing lessons that appeal to different learning styles does not accelerate student learning. An article from Joel Rose presents how lockstep math lessons are leaving students behind.
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High School Students Need More Support Now to Get Back on Track for College, Survey Shows – District Dossier

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The disruption of the coronavirus pandemic on schools has left many incoming high school seniors behind on their college and career planning efforts. According to a new survey of almost 10,000 students, the roles of counselors, educators, and colleges will be significant in providing members of this class with the support they'll need to get back on track in the fall. Among students who have just completed their junior year, the study by Naviance, a college preparation app, found that large proportions had not yet engaged in the process of searching for colleges, visiting campuses, or even meeting to discuss postsecondary
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The Five Guiding Principles to Combat Inequities Before Schools Reopen

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Opinion —DigitalVisionVectors/iStock/Getty Alignment of policy and educational practices is critical By Ross Wiener The pandemic shines an intense light on inequities that have long existed in our education system: long lines for food pick-up by school families, lack of devices and Wi-Fi for remote learning, and unfair funding formulas that allocate less to schools with the most students of color and those from low-income families. These inequalities undergird the protests demanding racial justice that are convulsing our country. How we choose to respond will impact the rising generation, and the fabric of our whole society, for years to come. Policymakers
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Helping Every Student Become an Artist

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an inclusive approach to instruction that eliminates learning barriers and provides students with many ways to engage with curriculum and show what they know. The principles of UDL can also be used to help students tap into their creativity and agency as artists, even if they have formed an impression of themselves as “not an artist.” In her recent book, Art for All: Planning for Variability in the Visual Arts Classroom, Boston Public Schools visual arts instructor Liz Byron offers practical tips and guidelines to help art teachers transform their approach to lesson design.
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What Republicans’ Policing Bill Says About Education – Politics K-12

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Senate Republicans' police reform bill would create a federal Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study racial disparities and practices in education and a range of other issues, including civil rights and health care. The commission, which would be a division of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, was first proposed in a separate bill by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fl. House Democrats, who have pitched their own policing bill, plan to consider Wilson's bill separately. But Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., included it in a broader bill he announced Wednesday called the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere
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School Districts’ Remote-Learning Plans May Widen Student Achievement Gap

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The rapid pace of Covid-19–related school closures forced districts to switch to remote-learning plans under incredible time pressure. This urgent instructional retooling led to wide variation in program quality across a number of factors—including when remote instruction actually began. While many districts responded quickly and began providing instruction almost immediately after school buildings were shuttered, others didn’t provide remote learning until weeks after closures began. Timing was just one small piece of the remote-learning puzzle districts had to solve, however. The Covid-19 Educational Response Longitudinal Survey, or C-ERLS, which I lead, has attempted to gauge the full spectrum of school
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