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Matt Zalaznick
English language teachers in some districts are providing ELLs with extra support in math, English and other core subjects. Read more>>

Lenny Schad
Government, telecom companies, the business community and school districts must work together to overcome significant obstacles, says Lenny Schad, chief information and innovation officer of District Administration, and former CIO for Houston ISD. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Educators at Legacy Traditional Schools hop on Facebook Live every morning to hold flag ceremonies for the 20,000 students in the charter system that spans Arizona and Nevada. Read more>>

Charles Hendrix
Here are important actions to take, according to an attorney with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, when reassessing online learning as school closures continue. 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>>

Steven Blackburn
Students at Glastonbury Public Schools, a previous Districts of Distinction honoree, are using district iPads to complete assignments from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more>>

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Chalkbeat Colorado
Some Colorado districts are planning to have staff and students return to the classroom in the coming weeks for small-group instruction, even as the governor has extended school closures until the end of the academic year. Read more>>

The latest Nation’s Report Card shows eighth-graders’ scores in U.S. history and geography declining since 2014. Also troubling was that lower-performing students lost more ground than middle- and higher-performing students, similar to reading and math scores. Read more>>

High school students who can't meet the requirements to earn a passing grade this semester will get an incomplete, which will not hurt their GPA. They'll have the chance to make up those grades in the future. Read more>>

The Tennessee district launched two emotional support lines for parents and students. An automated system, available 24/7, lets the caller pick a specific issue before listening to prerecorded support messages. The second line connects callers to the district's mental health center staff members. Read more>>

Arvada Press
The Colorado district could be looking at a range of $7 to $70 million in cuts, though the district is planning to model a reduction around 5 percent in cuts, or $34 million, as it builds its upcoming budget. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

With campuses closed indefinitely, many college-bound seniors are considering taking a gap year. While some schools typically encourage the time off, others may be less willing to grant a deferral because of coronavirus. Read more>>

The Boston Globe
Special education schools have also shut their doors. Compounding the loss of the daily structure that is essential for children on the spectrum, most providers of at-home therapies are providing sessions by video and for only a short time. Read more>>

Industry News

Second Life Mac
Second Life Mac is responding to health concerns from teachers and IT directors by introducing a Touchless Trade-in process for schools. Using an app with a QR code, schools can identify and collect devices from students without touching the technology. Read more>>

Tubi/Age of Learning, Inc.
Launching exclusively on Tubi Kids, Search and Explore is Age of Learning’s first long-form series, engaging children ages 2 to 8 in learning adventures with characters ABCmouse and friends, 1•2•3 Mouse and Do-Re-Mi Mouse. Read more>>

People Watch

Richard “Jamie” Craven has been hired to be the next superintendent for the Illinois district, replacing Superintendent Mark Cross. Craven is currently the DeKalb Community Schools superintendent. Read more>>

Richland Source
The Galion City School District has named Jennifer Allerding as the next superintendent. She currently works for the Ohio district as the director of instruction and learning. Read more>>