Gifted Summer Programs Skew White & Wealthy. Not Baltimore’s — And It’s Free — The 74

Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. Baltimore, Maryland The course is “Cloudy With a Chance of Science,” and James Ramirez places his hand-fashioned tin foil boat into a bin of water, squealing with excitement as he discovers it floats. The first grader and his classmates … Read more

Educating Through the Pandemic: From Rural Texas Schools Pivoting to 4-Day Weeks to California Losing 100,000 Students, 9 COVID Challenges Facing Leaders

Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. A recent review of school guidance and communications from the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention argues that the federal agency often failed in its goal of providing timely, actionable information to states and districts around COVID-19 safety protocols. … Read more

Are the kids alright? Mid-Michigan educators hope to meet mental health challenges in difficult climate

MT. MORRIS TWP., Mich. (WNEM) – When walking through the hectic hallway between classes at Hamady High School, you get the sense it is business as usual. COVID, who? Students appear excited and happy to be in the building. You can hear laughter, jokes and plenty of hurried footsteps. For some, it is a return … Read more

How This Early Learning App Is Helping Millions Of Kids Learn Through Play

Family Using Learning App AdobeStock_295667669 The use of technology has risen for all of us over the last few years during the pandemic, especially for families with children. Education tech, otherwise known as ‘edtech’ has never been more popular or necessary as parents and teachers have supplemented hybrid learning with educational apps to help kids … Read more

This Week in Pandemic Education Policy: Data Show Homeschooling Surge Outlasting School Closures, Districts Rush to Aid Student Mental Health & More Key Updates

This is our weekly briefing on how the pandemic is shaping schools and education policy, vetted, as always, by AEI Visiting Fellow John Bailey. Click here to see the full archive. Get this weekly roundup, as well as rolling daily updates, delivered straight to your inbox — sign up for The 74 Newsletter. Homeschooling Surge … Read more

Educating Through COVID: From Alabama’s ‘Numeracy Act’ to Boost Math Skills to Connecticut Asking Students to Propose Ideas For Federal Funds, 10 Ways States Are Confronting the Crisis

Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. The focus of education research has pivoted to support schools’ efforts to address pandemic disruptions and missed learning, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences. The report calls on the Institute of Education Sciences — the … Read more

Demand up for mental health services for kids, young adults | regional news

GILLETTE — Austin Rosenau was supposed to meet his mother at Mount Pisgah Cemetery earlier this month. It wasn’t a special occasion, per se. And it certainly wasn’t an issue that he missed their afternoon meeting, because there will be plenty more. Rather, it served as a reminder of how close they are now, as … Read more

Top CMS official agrees with critics who say it’s time to scale back on testing | WFAE 90.7

The spring testing season is more intense this year as schools push to get students back on track after the disruption of the pandemic. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, some teachers say the reliance on test scores to track progress has gone too far. “From spring break on, it is full court press with test preparation,” said … Read more

Youth Voice: Meet The 74’s All-New Student Council

Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. In this critical moment as schools across the country work to rebound from the pandemic’s lasting impacts, The 74 is launching a new effort to more directly elevate youth voices in our coverage. We have assembled a diverse 11-member … Read more

TDSB committee wants masking, vaccination for those who work with special needs children

A Toronto public school board committee that advocates on behalf of students with special needs wants to bring back mandatory masking and vaccination for those who work with medically fragile children. The Special Education Advisory Committee has written to the province’s top doctor requesting permission for the board to reintroduce masking rules and its vaccination … Read more