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Recent efforts to ban books show that many debates are intensifying

Over the past year, there has been an intense national debate about teaching systemic racism in public schools. As conservative legislators continue to push bans to teach critical race theory in classrooms, it is important to note recent pressures to ban specific books and educational materials that deal with racism...

Drops in public school enrollment are more pronounced in lower grades, where both low-income and high-income families are choosing to stay home or go to a private school.

There has been an increasing number of reports and media coverage that there is a large drop in public-school enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the scope and details of a decline in public-school enrollment is vital as drops in enrollment could result in budget cuts for districts and...

The Code Breaker weaves the stories of the relationships in our anatomy as well as cooperation among human, educational, and corporate forces

Curiosity is a driving force in all the biographies that Walter Isaacson has written. This is true as well in The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. This curiosity is found in both the people Isaacson engages including Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jennifer Doudna...

A former superintendent gives examples of exemplary learning projects led by teachers

By Christina M. Kishimoto, Ph.D. We know innovation comes from solving difficult problems. There is no more difficult problem today than figuring out how to educate 50.7 million students in our nation’s public education systems during a highly disruptive, global health pandemic. Prior to this crisis, we already had many...

Position: Association Support Specialist Overview Learning First Alliance (LFA) is a non-profit organization that provides a platform for national K-12 education groups representing teachers, administrators, parents, school board members, and school specialists to meet to support public education by promoting collaborative, empowering relationships among stakeholders. LFA is collegial environment that...

A countywide school district engaged its community and strategized with multiple groups to ensure its schools could safely reopen.

By Cody Patterson Hamilton County Schools (HCS) in Chattanooga, the fourth largest district in Tennessee, was one of thousands of public school districts left grappling with how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain the continuity of learning, the district launched a School Reopening Task Force and worked furiously...

New surveys find significant challenges related to technology, ransomware and connectivity as schools reopen and resume operations

Three reports recently shared with the education community found strong support for public education, but schools are facing unprecedented demands in areas of learning loss, use of technology and connectivity, and cybersecurity. One survey that was conducted by the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC) was designed to provide information...

The K-12 system is failing to educate students about American democracy, civics, and history education

By Ace Parsi and Tom Gentzel The frog in the pot of warming water does not jump until it’s too late. These days, the saying feels particularly applicable to the health of our democracy. Years ago, it would have been shocking to consider arson and insurrection as new norms in...

When the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered movie theaters, the Japanese film industry pivoted. Here are some lessons schools can use from that experience.

By Matthew Woods In the past year, school systems took dramatic measures to maintain students’ continuity of learning. Transitions to digital learning that would have taken months or years happened in weeks. New and improved WiFi networks were created, procedures for feeding remote learners were established, and resources for improving...

Tutoring programs may become a necessity, but must use effective methods to rebuild students' learning loss experienced over the Covid-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated significant disruptions in student access to and retention of learning in the United States. The realities of decreased instruction time, the remote learning format, and limited opportunities for personalized interactions between teachers and students have created a recipe for “learning loss.” These risk factors are...