Most Teachers Say They’re Worried About Getting COVID-19 at Work – Teaching Now

By Sarah Schwartz and Madeline Will

For months, teachers have been asking how teaching in person this school year is really going to work: How will they speak loudly enough for kids to hear them through a mask? How can they develop community in a socially distanced classroom? Is teaching outside even possible?  

But now, the school year is here, and teachers who are back in school buildings are figuring it out in real time, devising ways to make new restrictions manageable for themselves and their students. According to Education Week’s database of more than 800 districtswhich is

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Could President Trump Really Penalize Schools for Teaching the 1619 Project? – Teaching Now

By Sarah Schwartz and Madeline Will

For months, teachers have been asking how teaching in person this school year is really going to work: How will they speak loudly enough for kids to hear them through a mask? How can they develop community in a socially distanced classroom? Is teaching outside even possible?  

But now, the school year is here, and teachers who are back in school buildings are figuring it out in real time, devising ways to make new restrictions manageable for themselves and their students. According to Education Week’s database of more than 800 districtswhich is

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Posted on 2 weeks ago

Fully In-Person Instruction Is Gaining Ground in Schools – Teaching Now

By Sarah Schwartz and Madeline Will

For months, teachers have been asking how teaching in person this school year is really going to work: How will they speak loudly enough for kids to hear them through a mask? How can they develop community in a socially distanced classroom? Is teaching outside even possible?  

But now, the school year is here, and teachers who are back in school buildings are figuring it out in real time, devising ways to make new restrictions manageable for themselves and their students. According to Education Week’s database of more than 800 districtswhich is

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Posted on 2 weeks ago

Mask Fatigue and No High-Fives: Teachers Discuss the Hardest Parts of In-Person School During COVID-19 – Teaching Now

By Sarah Schwartz and Madeline Will

For months, teachers have been asking how teaching in person this school year is really going to work: How will they speak loudly enough for kids to hear them through a mask? How can they develop community in a socially distanced classroom? Is teaching outside even possible?  

But now, the school year is here, and teachers who are back in school buildings are figuring it out in real time, devising ways to make new restrictions manageable for themselves and their students. According to Education Week’s database of more than 800 districtswhich is

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Posted on 2 weeks ago

5 Things We Learned in D.C. About How to Advance Charter Schools

During the eight and a half years I recently spent leading the District of Columbia’s Public Charter School Board, D.C.’s sole charter school authorizer, charters stabilized at serving just under half of the public school students in Washington, D.C. Our test results improved every year. Remarkably, these improvements were matched and sometimes recently exceeded by D.C. Public Schools. And enrollment in both charters and DCPS has grown. The result for the past several years has been exactly what many of us hope charter schools achieve—injecting competition and innovation into public schooling, lifting both sectors and, in the process, helping our

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18 Amazing Alphabet Videos To Help Kids Learn Their ABCs

Is there anything more important in a young student’s life than learning their ABCs? This fundamental skill opens up the world of reading and writing, which can take kids just about anywhere! These alphabet videos help teach and reinforce the letters and their sounds in fun and engaging ways. Kids will beg to watch them again and again!

1. Take a trip to Sesame Street

When it comes to alphabet videos, no one does it better than Sesame Street. This compilation of songs includes famous musical guest stars like Usher and India.Arie, plus familiar characters like Elmo and Kermit the

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Teacher Evaluations in the Era of COVID-19–WeAreTeachers

Never before have we entered into a year of teaching so unprepared. This, despite hours of PD at best and sleepless nights pondering solutions at worst. We weren’t sure until the first students logged in virtually or showed up to our in-person hybrid classes what it would be like to live stream, teach kids how to unmute themselves, or take attendance with unstable technology. For some teachers, the thought of a principal evaluating them is almost laughable as they struggle with other challenges. Nationwide, admins, teachers, and lawmakers now weigh the pros and cons as they endure the challenge of

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Why So Many People Are Disappointed With Their Educations—And How To Start Fixing It.

In these jobs, there are two forces compelling individuals to change: the “push” of a problem causing dissatisfaction and the “pull” of a new solution. This push and pull raises questions that are practical, emotional, personal, and social. For example: will I get a raise with a degree or new credential? Am I better off staying with what I’m doing rather than doing something different? My friends are going to college, so should I? How can I challenge myself to learn more? In today’s world, individuals can experience several of these jobs—and perhaps all of them–multiple times.

In addition to

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