Claude Bornel

4 ways to include SEL in reopening plans

Here's how to provide students, families and staff healing opportunities as they return to school, whether it's back to school in person or through distance learning, including equity-focused SEL to support antiracism practices.

8 questions to ask before using federal funds to purchase food

Buying meals, beverages or snacks for an event such as a professional development session is only allowable when it's reasonable and necessary. The restrictions are keeping many school districts from purchasing food with federal funds.

12 uses for ESSER funds

School districts may use grant funds to support any activity authorized by the ESEA, including a host of education supplies, student supports or teacher training.

States sue DeVos, ED over CARES Act proportional share calculation

Federal interpretation of the CARES Act, contend the attorneys general of Michigan, California, Maine, New Mexico, Wisconson and District of Columbia, will hurt low-income and at-risk students and their teachers, as well as the public schools that serve them and need to meet students' educational and social-emotional needs due to pandemic-related school closures.

Using trust to connect with families during COVID-19

What a parent-teacher home visit program in Washoe County School District (Nevada) looks like and how other districts can create a similar initiative.

Colorado plans to use CARES Act funds for blended learning

Leveraging both technology-based and face-to-face instructional approaches, blended learning in this state will be supported by federal funds. School districts plan to increase instructional hours, including summer school time, English learner programs, and tutoring capacity, to address the COVID slide.

New COVID-19 fact sheet on English learners

A new U.S. Department of Education fact sheet outlines responsibilities for providing services to English language learners during COVID-19 school closures.

Reaching rural students through remote teaching

Poor broadband access is common throughout rural school districts, making distance learning difficult during coronavirus-related school closures, but educators are still finding ways to keep students learning.

How to promote family engagement during distance learning

The 30 Days of Families Learning Together tool offers literacy-boosting strategies that can be passed along to parents.

6 low-tech and no-tech ways to engage ELL students

How Massachusetts is guiding school districts to help teachers reach English language learners in remote learning without the need for electronic resources.

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