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After launching edweek.org in 1996, Education Week has become a hybrid print-online news organization that provides distinctive staff-written original reporting while also curating high-quality content from other sources.

After launching edweek.org in 1996, Education Week has become a hybrid print-online news organization that provides distinctive staff-written original reporting while also curating high-quality content from other sources.

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"When coaching any strong emotion, it’s useful to remember that emotions can be guides to self-understanding," writes El...
01/13/2021
Opinion: How to Coach the Overwhelmed Teacher

"When coaching any strong emotion, it’s useful to remember that emotions can be guides to self-understanding," writes Elena Aguilar.

Often when I ask educators how they're feeling, the most common phrases I hear are, "I'm overwhelmed" and "I'm so stressed."

Programs that run on Adobe Flash will no longer work on any devices or browsers after Jan. 12.
01/13/2021
Goodbye, Adobe Flash: What Educators Need to Know

Programs that run on Adobe Flash will no longer work on any devices or browsers after Jan. 12.

Programs that run on Adobe Flash will no longer work on any devices or browsers after Jan. 12.

Former preschool teacher Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is set to become the chairwoman of the Senate education committee. ...
01/12/2021
Patty Murray Set to Lead Senate Education Committee After Democratic Wins in Georgia

Former preschool teacher Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is set to become the chairwoman of the Senate education committee.

As the leader of the committee, Murray will have oversight over a variety of education issues, although her top priority will be addressing policy issues related to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on schools.

The Washington senator, a former preschool teacher, is about to become the top U.S. senator for education policy.

“Teachers [who are burnt out] feel a reduced sense of accomplishment in their job, they feel emotionally exhausted,” say...
01/12/2021
As Teacher Morale Hits a New Low, Schools Look for Ways to Give Breaks, Restoration

“Teachers [who are burnt out] feel a reduced sense of accomplishment in their job, they feel emotionally exhausted,” says a professor studying teachers’ occupational health.

“The way we cope with that is to pull back and become less engaged.”

In a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say just keeping their heads above water can feel like a herculean task.

VIDEO: President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint Miguel Cardona last month, after weeks of speculation a...
01/11/2021
Watch: A Primer on Miguel Cardona, Biden's Education Secretary Pick

VIDEO: President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint Miguel Cardona last month, after weeks of speculation about who he would select to lead the Education Department.

In this Facebook Live video, we run through what we know about Cardona and what will likely be a carefully followed confirmation process. Check out the conversation and some of our relevant stories linked throughout the article.

In this video, Education Week reporters discuss Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's choice for U.S. Secretary of Education.

Despite all the frustrations and struggles to make remote and hybrid learning work during COVID-19, many teachers have e...
01/11/2021
How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic

Despite all the frustrations and struggles to make remote and hybrid learning work during COVID-19, many teachers have evolved their practices to an approach more tailored to individual students’ needs.

The vast majority say they’ve gained skills that they’ll continue to use after the pandemic ends, concludes a new report.

The vast majority of teachers say they’ve gained skills in the last year that they’ll continue to use after the pandemic ends.

The challenges of the last nine months have felt unrelenting at times. And whether you are supporting your students, col...
01/11/2021
Opinion: How to Support Your Students Following a Traumatic News Day

The challenges of the last nine months have felt unrelenting at times.

And whether you are supporting your students, colleagues, staff, or in need of support yourself, these Opinion essays offer possible guidance.

Educators share their thoughts about what to do in school when the nation faces difficult moments.

Remote and hybrid learning are fueling the use of digital games in K-12 instruction more than ever before. But, strangel...
01/11/2021
Digital Games: Powerful Motivation Tool or Not So Much?

Remote and hybrid learning are fueling the use of digital games in K-12 instruction more than ever before.

But, strangely enough, the students who have grown up in a digital gaming culture are not particularly impressed.

Students are far less likely than teachers to say digital games make learning more interesting.

Teacher Justin Minkel used to dream of the magical day when teaching would feel so much easier. He's realized that that ...
01/11/2021
Opinion: Teaching Never Gets Any Easier. But It Gets Better

Teacher Justin Minkel used to dream of the magical day when teaching would feel so much easier.

He's realized that that day won't arrive, but something powerful takes its place: The insight, skill and big heart to be a better teacher.

Read more.

Livestreamed remote instruction is set to remain a significant part of K-12 education, long after the coronavirus pandem...
01/11/2021
'No Going Back' From Remote and Hybrid Learning, Districts Say

Livestreamed remote instruction is set to remain a significant part of K-12 education, long after the coronavirus pandemic is finally under control.

“There’s no going back now,” says one superintendent.

The slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, a staffing crunch, and demand from some parents mean remote live-streamed instruction is here to stay.

When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action, scrambling to offer...
01/10/2021
Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth

When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action, scrambling to offer wireless internet access, computers, and food.

For many families, those measures were enough to ensure a level of economic and academic stability. But for some children, they weren’t enough.

Read more.

Is it reasonable to hold students accountable for one of the most challenging years in recent memory? Tune into Peter De...
01/10/2021
A Seat at the Table With Education Week: Testing & Accountability

Is it reasonable to hold students accountable for one of the most challenging years in recent memory?

Tune into Peter DeWitt’s discussion with Lorrie A. Shepard and Angela Valenzuela on Wed., Jan. 13, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET.

The pandemic has disrupted lives and schooling for nearly a year--and some in the education space--and beyond--worry about lost learning. One way to know what has been lost is through testing, but is it reasonable

Jill Biden won’t be the first educator to live in the White House. With Inauguration Day upon us, this article reviews t...
01/10/2021

Jill Biden won’t be the first educator to live in the White House.

With Inauguration Day upon us, this article reviews the other 19 teachers who lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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In a letter to Trump announcing her resignation, effective Jan. 8, DeVos told the president that he was culpable for the...
01/10/2021
Betsy DeVos Resigns a Day After Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol

In a letter to Trump announcing her resignation, effective Jan. 8, DeVos told the president that he was culpable for the violence at the Capitol, telling him that “there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation” and called his actions “the inflection point for me.”

Read more.

This week, social studies teachers watched a violent, far-right mob breach the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the fo...
01/08/2021
Insurgency at the U.S. Capitol: A Dreaded, Real-Life Lesson Facing Teachers

This week, social studies teachers watched a violent, far-right mob breach the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the formal certification of the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

A daunting question loomed: How would they address this with their students?

Classroom teachers have the difficult task this week of helping their students make sense of what happened at the Capitol.

The dramatic events of Jan. 6 and their continuing fallout demand sustained and careful classroom attention from teacher...
01/08/2021
How to Teach the U.S. Capitol Attack: Dozens of Resources to Get You Started

The dramatic events of Jan. 6 and their continuing fallout demand sustained and careful classroom attention from teachers.

To help educators as they begin to craft new teaching materials, we've gathered a beginning list of resources from experts, practicing educators, and national organizations.

Here are core themes and jumping-off places for teachers designing units that capture the complexity of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

In November, we wrote about how the online spread of disinformation has posed new challenges for civics teachers, and sh...
01/08/2021
Disinformation Is Rampant. Here's How Teachers Are Combatting It

In November, we wrote about how the online spread of disinformation has posed new challenges for civics teachers, and shared some strategies for fostering news literacy in the social studies classroom.

Online spread of false information—like the recent claims of voter fraud—poses ongoing challenges for civics teachers.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday, just a day after a violent insurrection in W...
01/08/2021
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns a Day After Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday, just a day after a violent insurrection in Washington that attempted to stop Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

One of the president's longest-serving cabinet members, DeVos had previously denounced the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington.

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Wishing a happy holiday season from E2 EQUITY EDUCATORS. All are welcome to join us for free resources and ideas for students furthest from educational justice. www.facebook.com/groups/e2equityeducators
Philanthropy is the altruistic giving to others in need. It can be money, property or works to further their advancement. Although it usually means the tangible giving of money used for a purpose of advancement, I on the other hand give my works of wisdom to children and adults for the past over 25 years. I do this to advance the lives of children. My wisdom for children grades 5-12 is the greatest gift I can give each child. It is free on the internet. The reasons children must learn wisdom along with the wisdom are here for all to read: https://bradberger29.wordpress.com/2020/09/11/ten-reasons-kids-need-wisdom/ Unfortunately to my chagrin the foundation and philanthropy industries don't appreciate my works and what I do. Because of elitist attitudes of people running these groups and their need to make money to survive, charitable gifts of good works do not garner the recognition to make giving free wisdom a priority. Therefore, among other things generations of poverty continue, there is glaring inequality in education, there is not a positive peer pressure for children and there are far too many bullies. Wisdom teaches children ideas and behaviors that lead to greater equality, humanity, and betterment of the commonweal. It is time for philanthropists, foundations along with people and organizations supporting them to reform, recognize and publicize the philanthropy of good works that enhance and advance the lives of people and society. Giving wisdom to children plants seeds so later in life children will become the next generation of people who can acknowledge the needs of others and give to those in need. Rejecting the giving of free wisdom to children as philanthropy is not in accord with the mission statements of many charities, their founders, and philanthropic ideals. Philanthropies and foundations can do better. So can schools since there is no excuse for schools to not give free wisdom to children grades 5-12
Starting today, running until 31st December and FREE OF CHARGE, there is a 40 min environmental film offered to teachers worldwide, together with a 90 second trailer you can use to entice your students to engage with the broad message of the film, that if we listen to the Earth, work with the Earth and protect the Earth, then the Earth will protect us and we both win. The film has been described as a ‘visual feast for the eyes’ coming from the creative team who worked on Attenborough’s “Planet Earth”, “Frozen Planet”, and “Human Planet” series. The lyrics and soundtrack ask the audience to question the world’s current ideology of excessive consumption, uncontrolled population explosion and climate change denialism, and to look to create a more sustainable, caring, future. When you’ve seen the film in low-rez, which is what we’re offering you FOC, then for just US$3 you can access the film in high resolution, plus 5 images from the film, the full script and the The Earth Wins’ associated Teachers Guide. This Teachers Guide runs to 36 pages containing lesson plans across the curriculum covering areas such as environmental science, English and creative writing, social science, musicology and composition, geography, and the causes of extreme weather. Designed for primary and secondary school students the Teachers Guide is invaluable, especially in this time of remote learning. https://www.patreon.com/theearthwins The $3 subscription is taken on each first-of-the-month but it's incredibly easy to cancel after the first month if you only want to use it once and not continue across other classes/years. Do let us know how you get on, we're really keen on feedback - I am the writer, director and helicopter pilot of the film.
Hi Parents and Teachers! This year's been tough on our kids, and social-emotional learning skills are more important now than ever! I've created videos for grown ups that model dialogue, story time, and mindfulness activities you can use with children to easily begin building the foundations of social-emotional awareness in the home or classroom. PLUS, there are videos for the kids, too, that complement each "lesson." They're FREE for the taking. Please share and spread the love to support our next generation of learners and leaders as we turn the page for the holidays and set up our kids for a bright New Year!
Plenty to be thankful for, despite these crazy and uncertain times. As it turns out, there are unseen impacts of our gratitude! Check out today's article at BeyondStrength.net: https://beyondstrength.net/2020/11/26/gratitude-and-honor/
Thanks for the interesting read! I'm curious how everyone's been balancing relationship building with the very real challenges of going virtual. Now that we're near the half way point of the school year, what's been working for the rest of you? There's some good start of the year advice, but how have you been maintaining? @educationweek
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As everyone grapples with the election uncertainties, feel free to check out the Election Aftermath Teaching Padlet at E2 EQUITY EDUCATORS Lots of teaching resources, as well as Adult Coping Resources.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn precalculus and calculus in a fun and easy way. The book has clear explanations, gives simple problems with answers and explanations, and includes colorful, engaging illustrations and graphics. It will give students a huge head start with the advanced math that is introduced in high school. It is also extremely helpful for older students struggling at all in this subject. I wish my own daughter had had a book like this – that is why I wrote it! Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GJBL5R9 Thank you! Serena