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Watch: The CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools, Explained – Politics K-12

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80803 « Groups Seek to Ease Spec. Ed. Funding Mandate as Schools Respond to Pandemic | Main https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS8lVLJRqfc The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released long-awaited guidance on reopening schools that were closed in response to the coronavirus.  The recommendations, which are voluntary, gave some parents and teachers their first detailed glimpse of how schools might change their operations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among the highlights, they call for adults to wear masks and recommend them for students in areas where social distancing isn't possible. They also call for students to stay in small classroom cohorts throughout the
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“The 1619 Project” Enters American Classrooms: Adding new sizzle to education about slavery—but at a significant cost.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones When New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for an article she published about blacks and the ideal of America, her own newspaper reported, “The essay was published on Aug. 14, and the magazine issue gained public attention immediately, with copies selling out and educators around the country teaching The 1619 Project.” That the Pulitzer was for “commentary” rather than history, national reporting, or some other more empirically anchored category generated some amusement in competing newsrooms. Given all the theatrics that have attended the article’s publication, it’s possible that the most appropriate award
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Murphy says outdoor graduations permitted starting July 6

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies starting July 6, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy, a Democrat, announced the latest relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in a tweet before his regular news conference on the outbreak. “To the class of 2020, I am proud to say that you will have your opportunity to join with your classmates and families to celebrate your graduation,” Murphy said at the news conference. The events must be held outside and adhere to social-distancing guidelines, Murphy said. It's possible such restrictions will mean that graduation ceremonies must occur over a
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Pivoting to Respond to Challenging Times

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Harvard shifted to online learning, many HGSE courses were nearing the second half of the semester, with final projects already in motion. That didn’t stop HGSE faculty from pivoting to reorient their courses toward a response to the crisis. And students dove in to tackle educational challenges posed by the outbreak.  In the wake of the pandemic, “we have inequality gaps on a much greater scale,” says Lecturer Ola Ozernov-Palchik, faculty director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program. “I’m acutely aware of how the pandemic affects children from an underprivileged background, so I
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Thank-You Gifts For The Family And Friends Who Got You To Graduation

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HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.Congrats, 2020 grads! Graduating is a huge deal, and although you made it happen, chances are that a few people in your life helped along the way. Whether it was a friend who studied with you in the library, a professor who pushed you to apply for that scholarship, or a parent who supported you financially or emotionally, there are a lot of people to thank at graduation.While seeing you snag that degree and accomplish your goals is a gift in itself,
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DeVos Highlights Schools’ Innovation During COVID-19 Closures – Politics K-12

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In the rapid switch to remote learning this spring, some schools developed new approaches to everything from parent engagement to science lessons. Those innovations will not only help educators as they consider how to reopen schools that were closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they may also inform the broader conversation about how to "rethink" education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Thursday, touching on a theme she's carried throughout her time in the adminstration. DeVos held a web conference for reporters, discussing online education strategies with state and district-level administrators, creators of education materials, and charter
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A Short-Lived Constitutional Right to Education

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer For a brief moment this spring, advocates who have long sought to establish a right to education under the U.S. Constitution seemed to have attained their goal. On April 23, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2–1 in Gary B. vs. Whitmer that the constitution affords “a fundamental right” to a “basic minimum education.” This ruling ran counter to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez that no such right exists in the constitution. On May 14, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer sought to preserve the
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Kenneth S. Goodman, ‘Founding Father’ of Whole Language, Dead at 92

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Kenneth S. Goodman, whose influential theories of reading dominated the teaching of reading in grade school classrooms in the 1980s and early 1990s, died in his Tucson, Ariz., home March 12. He was 92. The cause of death was several underlying health issues, not COVID-19, said Yetta Goodman, his wife of 67 years and frequent research collaborator. Whole language instruction emphasized that students learn to read through immersion in books and eschewed traditional systematic teaching of phonics and spelling. During its heyday, it dominated U.S. teacher-preparation programs and curriculum guidelines alike. The philosophy was also extremely popular in Australia, New
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Educators as First Responders | Harvard Graduate School of Education

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_wAqkZQRWs Calling the pandemic a “break-the-glass emergency” for educators, Geoffrey Canada, Ed.M.’75, warned that anyone who cares about education cannot sit idle and let impoverished communities that have made progress slip back to where they were 20 years ago. “It’s a challenging time to be an educator but a time that we need the best and brightest working on this problem in real time today,” Canada said, inspiring educators to take action in response to the pandemic. Canada, who spoke with Dean Bridget Long in the last episode of the HGSE Leadership Series, encouraged educators to see themselves as first
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House Passes COVID-19 Bill With Aid for Schools. It Has Slim Chances in Senate – Politics K-12

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday that includes additional aid for K-12 schools, but which has little chance of becoming law. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES Act, passed  208-199. It faces an icy reception in the Republican-controlled Senate, where lawmakers who are concerned its provisions extend beyond pandemic relief, have said they won't consider the bill. Education funding included in the relief package falls short of the goals of education groups, who pushed federal lawmakers to include at least $250 billion for education in the bill. The HEROES Act would create
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