How a district created a virtual learning academy during COVID

Darlington County School District in rural South Carolina saw an overwhelming response when educators there created a virtual academy to enhance online learning this school year. 

Why solving real-world problems is key to online learning

Solving real-world problems in their communities will keep students engaged and working independently as they shift between in-person and online learning.

6 strategies for improving distance learning

Engagement and equity issues need not hinder online learning this school year in the same way they disrupted K-12 education when COVID shut schools down in the spring.

A sub-optimal situation: The need for more teachers

School districts large and small have been working to bolster substitute teacher pools to prepare for teacher shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Will it be enough?

COVID-era edtech PD: What teachers are saying

Teachers are eager to use edtech to personalize online learning as schools recover from COVID but say they aren't receiving enough formal professional development.

9 edtech coaching insights for the new school year

Teachers and administrators are truly realizing the value of edtech coaches since COVID closures forced schools to enhance online learning quickly and substantially, a new survey finds.

Harnessing ‘Hamilton’: 6 ways to use hip-hop pedagogy

Hip-hop as a teaching tool is not limited to Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Hamilton'—it works in at least one college of education. 

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.

10 ways Austin ISD reinforces SEL during COVID

Social-emotional learning has taken on heightened importance as educators prepare to support students coping with a COVID-era blend in-person and online learning.

SEL priority: Students must feel safe before they can learn

Administrators in Naperville School District 203, where SEL has been entrenched in the curriculum for years, have focused first on professional development for teachers in the post-COVID world.

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