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Education Next

Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

21 October 2020

Billings, Montana, United States

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Nature-based preschools are gaining traction in Montana and are increasing in demand due to the pandemic. Fledglings, in Billings, and Foxtail Förskola, in Whitefish, are two preschools offering kids the opportunity t...

The Daily Yonder

Meg McIntyre

15 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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Louisa County schools in Virginia are delivering internet to students living in rural areas through solar-powered hot spots, built by the school's own students. The hotspot is powered by solar panels and receives inte...

EdSource

Larry Gordon

12 October 2020

California, United States

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High schools and colleges across California are turning to virtual campus tours and remote recruiting in order to appeal to college-bound students. College representatives are hosting Zoom sessions to connect with stu...

The Seattle Times

Alia Wong

5 October 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The city of Tulsa took a variety of steps to make sure English as a Second Language learners didn’t fall behind in their virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, school officials made sure students had the...

Christian Science Monitor

Peggy Barmore

1 October 2020

United States

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Apps that track students’ online activity, door-to-door visits, and receiving input from families on how to reopen schools, are all ways school districts across the country are responding to absenteeism during the pan...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth Miller

28 September 2020

United States

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Administrators at Mora Independent School District have discovered that the best way to help keep their students fed during the coronavirus pandemic is to offer as many flexible options as possible. The schools have m...

KXAN-TV

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Jennifer Sanders

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Tahera Rahman

John Thomas

27 September 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, 2 million households in the state don’t have high speed internet, affecting students of color at a greater rate. Some districts have also had problems with chronic absenteeism. This segment explores creativ...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

24 September 2020

Nevada, United States

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When Clark County School District moved to an all-remote plan for school, it distributed 10,000 devices, close to 20,000 students had no way to connect their online classes. A parent, with the help of a SCSD teacher a...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Maddie Hanna

22 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Data shows that nationally only 2% of public-school teachers are Black men. To fill that gap, Boys’ Latin, a charter school in Philadelphia, launched a program that creates teaching positions for Black men who want ...

Education Next

Kelly Field

22 September 2020

United States

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Dual credit classes were a response to the increasing costs of attending college and university and to make postsecondary education more accessible to low-income students. Although, low-income and minority students ...

The Boston Globe

Deanna Pan

21 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers across Massachusetts are finding ways to incorporate antiracist practices into their curriculum. An English teacher at Newton High School is replacing required reading materials produced by white male authors...

KOIN-TV

Dan Tilkin

18 September 2020

Beaverton, Oregon, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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A school district in Oregon took a multi-pronged approach to serving students their school lunches during the pandemic. Some of those things include curbside pickup, using buses to deliver food, and packing more than...

KXAN-TV

Jennifer Sanders

18 September 2020

Leander, Texas, United States

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For one school district in Texas, using personal relationships established before the pandemic, proved the best way to reach bilingual students in rural parts of the district who weren't showing up to remote classes. ...

KXAN-TV

Laney Valian

18 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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As a result of the pandemic, some families find themselves turning to learning pods, a sort of alternative school where students can be looked over and mentored while they attend remote classes. Working parents find t...

KXAN-TV

Jacqulyn Powell

18 September 2020

Los Angeles, Texas, United States

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Two teens from Los Angeles created a tutoring program to help supplement education during the pandemic, called the “Covid NineTeen Project.” The project is entirely teen run, from the creators to the mentors. More tha...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

18 September 2020

Lockhart, Texas, United States

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At least 40 percent, or 2,000, students from Lockhart ISD didn’t have access to reliable internet. To address the issue, the school district built seven towers. They also installed antennas on individual homes so they...

KTXL-TV

Karma Dickerson

18 September 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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In order to reach students who aren’t attending virtual classes during the pandemic, a school district in Sacramento created a program called “Student Find.” If teachers and school administrators can’t reach student...

WAVY-TV

Lex Gray

18 September 2020

Suffolk, Virginia, United States

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A school district in Virginia has implemented a two-prong solution to provide internet access to rural students during the pandemic. The indoor solution allows students to make appointments to be inside the school to ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

14 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students at two Philadelphia schools are getting to know the ins-and-outs of the democratic system by actively participating in the operations of their schools. Students at Philly Free School meet weekly with faculty ...

The New Yorker

Casey Parks

14 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, “regional enrichment centers,” or schools for the children of essential workers, popped up. The centers provided a place where workers, who couldn’t take care of their kids when schools shut down dur...

NPR

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Emily Alfin Johnson

11 September 2020

United States

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Students taking AP U.S. History at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, may have been limited in their ability to attend in-person classes, but their teacher decided to supplement their lessons by taking on a 15-day...

Mashable

Natasha Piñon

11 September 2020

United States

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Climate Change lessons are lacking even in science classes. This article identifies a variety of methods that educators can take to incorporate climate change into the classroom. Examples include things like incorpora...

The Boston Globe

Lisa Zwirn

8 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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After Boston Public Schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 70 volunteers tended schoolyard gardens at 14 schools to grow food for local families experiencing economic hardship. While students ...

Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

8 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, teachers across the city created mutual aid groups to help students and their families pay rent, buy groceries, or cover medical bills. By using their existing networks, social media, and apps like Venmo, ...

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