Julie

My Hopes for School in a Post-COVID World

If the American public undervalued the education system prior to COVID-19, now, the fundamental role schools play in society is undeniable. As we navigate this pandemic, whether virtual or hybrid, we cannot get stuck in a survival and scarcity mindset. Looking to a world beyond this pandemic is vital in order to keep us moving forward. Here are my hopes for the American public education system in a post-COVID world.

I hope school funding will be a priority

Schools are much more than a place to learn the curriculum. Often, school provides the only social-emotional support a student may receive.

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6 Tips for Running Virtual School Clubs

Whether your school has students attending in-person, online, or a hybrid model, there’s still one thing that needs to stay mostly virtual. Student clubs. With social distancing, it’s nearly impossible to have groups of students meeting during lunch or after school. But school clubs are incredibly critical during this time where relationship building is on the decline. Students are all looking for connections, and clubs are the perfect way for them to build bonds over a shared topic of interest. Here are tips for moving your school clubs virtual this year. 

Choose Clubs That Work

Take a step back and

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History Educators Respond to Trump: It Matters How We Tell the National Story – Teaching Now

Social studies and history education organizations, and many teachers, criticized the president’s statements yesterday after he condemned history classes that include lessons on systemic racism for teaching what he called “lies” and “left-wing indoctrination.” 

President Donald Trump’s remarks, at a Constitution Day event at the National Archives on Thursday, called for schools to “teach our children the magnificent truth about our country,” echoing rhetoric on history curriculum that he has used throughout his reelection bid, as his campaign has promoted the teaching of American exceptionalism. 

Trump also announced at the event plans to create a “1776 Commission” that would “promote

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50 Creative Fifth Grade Writing Prompts (Free Printable!)

Fifth grade. The pinnacle of the elementary school journey. By now, fifth grade writers have learned and (hopefully) mastered foundational skills, had years of practice writing, and are digging deeper into their writing practice as they continue to grow. Here are 50 fifth grade writing prompts to help you challenge your students to imagine, explain, persuade, and reveal as they hone their writing skills. 

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1. How important is it to

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