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Matt Zalaznick
Administrators shifting to distance learning should not expect to become overnight experts during the early stages of COVID-19 school closures. Read more>>

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Mark D. Benigni, DA guest columnist
Sharing up-to-date district news communitywide and ensuring that messages are clear, concise and consistent is key, says DA guest columnist Mark D. Benigni, superintendent of Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut. Read more>>

Chris Burt
NASEF launches free daily “Community Club” sessions for students while most schools are shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Professional Development opportunities are also available for free to educators. Read more>>

Ray Bendici
A special event for instructors and providers seeking to follow successful strategies in computer science education featured an unrestricted flow of solutions from one huge nozzle. Read more>>

Top News

Chalkbeat Chicago
The Chicago district does not have the infrastructure to roll out a robust remote learning plan, district leaders said. The focus is on enrichment, not on an effort to shift classroom business as usual onto the internet. Teachers will not grade assignments. Read more>>

All Georgia public schools will be closed through the end of the month of March following an executive order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp. School districts can still choose to remain closed beyond the March 31 date. Read more>>

NBC News
The decision to close New York City schools has caught parents of the 1.1 million public school students off guard. With schools closed so quickly, parents are upset that they weren't given more time to prepare and are unsure how they'll take care of their children. Read more>>

The Spokesman-Review
The Idaho High School Activities Association suspended sanctioned sports and activities, including meetings and practices, for all of its member schools effective through April 5. Read more>>

Bangor Daily News
The Maine Principals’ Association football committee took a step toward branching out beyond the traditional criterion of school enrollment to classify high school teams around the state in that sport. Read more>>

The New York Times
Videos of teenage (and older) performers sprouted on social media after a Tony-winning actress invited theater kids to share songs from shows canceled by the coronavirus. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Washington Post
Despite the growing consensus among governors and big city mayors for closure, these decisions appear at odds with guidance issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some public health experts are questioning whether the closures make sense at all. Read more>>

USA Today
The new landscape of remote work coupled with remote schooling is bizarre and chaotic. And it stands to get worse before it gets better: Districts and states vary wildly in their ability to deliver educational services at a time of social isolation. Read more>>

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edHelper, Inc.
The educational website edHelper has announced that they will be publishing free daily workbooks for students who are out of school. The workbooks include math and writing exercises for elementary students. Read more>>

In light of the recent school closures, children can now chat with their teachers on a safer platform using Xooloo Messenger, a free instant messaging app. It enables children to ask questions from home with regards to their studies. Read more>>