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Matt Zalaznick
Screen time, social media, video games and other online activities are the only way students can stay in touch with friends under stay-at-home orders. Read more>>

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Joseph L Pfrommer
Some may think that using various terms to describe learning that's being done from home while schools are closed due to the pandemic does not matter. But term confusion can have legal and other implications. Read more>>

Chris Burt
Here are free resources, services and teaching materials being offered at no charge during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated on April 29. Read more>>

Matthew X. Joseph, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Matthew X. Joseph addresses how districts can move from short- to long-term solutions for delivering special needs services. He shares nine strategies for at-home learning success. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Leaders at Mesa Public Schools recognized that, though they had a high performing system, traditional school models were not preparing all students for the future. Read more>>

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WSYX/WTTE
The Ohio Department of Education released new requirements for high school graduation. The state indicates seniors can graduate if they've successfully completed required courses like English, health, math, science and social studies. Read more>>

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KTIV
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced students will not be returning to class for the rest of the school year. Students would continue with "distance learning" to end out the school year. Read more>>

NJ Spotlight
The state Board of Education voted on an emergency action that would relax the prohibition on remote instruction for special needs students during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 outbreak. Changes will go into effect immediately. Read more>>

Idaho Statesman
A plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education extends the closure of public school buildings through the end of the academic year. But it also leaves local school districts the option to reopen their schools. Read more>>

KY3
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced public schools will remain closed through the rest of the school year. Districts may continue meal support for the communities as long as they meet health criteria. Read more>>

NJ.com
The new NJTV Learning Live show will air daily one-hour lessons for grades 3-6 with local teachers recording from their homes. The TV program could help close that digital gap by offering lessons to any student with access to public broadcast television. Read more>>

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Call for sources: We are looking to hear about schools districts using mass notification system messaging during Coronavirus school closures in a unique way—such as by adding some humor to ease anxieties. Contact us>>

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The New York Times
Chronic absenteeism is a problem in education during the best of times. With the nation’s school lessons now being conducted remotely, more students than ever are missing class—not logging on, not checking in or not completing assignments. Read more>>

Louisville Courier Journal
Educators are concerned the current switch to remote learning will limit student teachers' exposure to leading lessons and managing a classroom. The stakes are high: This year's class of new teachers is much-needed amid a national teacher shortage. Read more>>

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Hoonuit/The Ariel Group
New instructional content created by The Ariel Group will now be easily accessible through Hoonuit's Online Professional Learning solution to help education leaders manage their teams remotely and guide teachers with virtual instruction best practices. Read more>>

National Geographic Partners/National Geographic Society
NatGeo@Home combines National Geographic Society's educational resources with the informational offerings of National Geographic Kids to create an online hub with games, videos, live daily talks with National Geographic Explorers and more. Read more>>

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Community News
The New Jersey school district chose Brian J. Betze, who is currently the superintendent of Jamesburg Public Schools. He replaces Kathie Foster, who is retiring as Robbinsville Public School District's superintendent. Read more>>

The Press Democrat
Mayra Perez was named as the new superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park USD in California. She has been the deputy superintendent of instruction for San Rafael City Schools. Read more>>