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Steven Blackburn
Alabaster City Schools, a previous Districts of Distinction honoree, is keeping in continual contact with students at risk of not graduating. Read more>>

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Cara Nissman
Educators and administrators must be clear about confidentiality constraints involved in conducting online counseling sessions and social-skills groups during COVID-19 school closures. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Educators in Scarsdale, New York, realized that wellness, SEL and mindfulness were as important a part of the shift to online classes as the academics. 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
To help teachers succeed now, administrators need to reestablish relationships, develop work schedules and set expectations, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Matthew X. Joseph, who is director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Leicester Public Schools. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Educators don’t expect elementary students to know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, but schools are working to raise aspirations and introduce children to the factors that go into that big decision. Read more>>

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Chalkbeat and WNYC/Gothamist
Five weeks after New York City moved to remote learning, 19,000 students who requested devices still don’t have them. The education department has pledged to deliver them by the end of the month. Read more>>

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Associated Press via KTAL
No traditional in-person high school graduations can be held in Arkansas until at least July 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but schools that want to hold a ceremony earlier can explore virtual options, state officials said. Read more>>

WTSP
The Florida district will deploy a fleet of 50 specially-equipped buses that will serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in areas of need. The buses will operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays at designated sites. Read more>>

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a total of $320,000 to replace 16 older model diesel school buses in Georgia. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage. Read more>>

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Gov. Phil Murphy said there’s still a chance New Jersey students could return to classrooms before the end of this school year, though he has repeatedly cautioned that the state “cannot rush to reopen" schools. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Washington Post
The new landscape could include one-way hallways, kids and teachers in masks, and lunch inside classrooms instead of cafeterias. Buses may run half empty, and students may have their temperatures read before entering the building. Read more>>

Chalkbeat
Shanker Institute is calling for federal support to fill depleted state and local coffers. The money should be given out over a period of up to five years, they suggest. More aid should go to high-poverty districts and those with lower property values. In addition, states should have to meet certain requirements to receive federal aid. Read more>>

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Securly
Securly announced the early availability of its Classroom (formerly Chrometools) product for the Windows and Mac platforms. The Classroom product allows teachers to better manage a classroom with students on their Google Chromebooks. Read more>>

SelectQ/Thinkster
Thinkster has acquired SelectQ Corporation, an AI-driven educational technology startup. Thinkster will transform from a tutoring company to a hyper-personalized knowledge acceleration platform company serving students, tutors and parents. Read more>>

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The Highlands Current
The Garrison school board has hired a superintendent to succeed Laura Mitchell, who left in December. Carl Albano, who was most recently superintendent of the Tuckahoe school district, will begin July 1. Read more>>

WEAU
The Wisconsin district's school board voted to hire Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos as superintendent. She is currently the superintendent of the Chippewa Falls Area USD. Read more>>