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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>>

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Since the days of the revolution, Americans have turned to Shakespeare's works to address the nation's political fault lines, from race and gender to immigration and free speech. James Shapiro traces the role of Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies in making sense of our American identity over the past two centuries. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Ideas are emerging for fall 2020 as school leaders foresee blending in-person and online learning for different groups of students on alternating days and in the evenings. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

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

As district leaders boost school lunch nutrition, today’s cafeterias face stiff competition from home-prepared meals and, among high school students, food trucks and nearby eateries. >>

Kirsten Baesler, DA guest columnist

From supporting educators and vetting online resources to providing broadband for students, North Dakota State Superintendent and DA guest columnist Kirsten Baesler shares her state’s story—including how leaders and families are working together to strengthen the home-school connection. Read more>>

Also Noteworthy

HuffPost

More than 60 superintendents signed a letter to congressional leaders warning that big urban school districts could be forced to lay off as many as 275,000 teachers unless the federal government intervenes. The schools are facing an estimated 20 percent loss in local and state revenues. Read more>>

Getting Smart

The recent adjustment to distance learning has required teachers to manage curriculum differently, redistribute expectations and plan accordingly under the circumstances. Online testing is no exception. Read more>>

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>>

Nature

Because of the threats from heavy metals leaching out of pipes, and bacteria and parasites growing in stagnant water, researchers are studying locked-down water systems in an attempt to understand how people can safely reoccupy buildings, including schools. Read more>>

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