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Pods & Microschools

Black Families Look to Continue Pods Beyond Pandemic


Many white families embraced pods and microschools as a short-term fix to deliver learning during the pandemic. But for many Black parents, they’ve become a permanent alternative to traditional schools where their children have historically faltered. In a recent Center on Reinventing Public Education webinar, leaders of the movement rejected the idea that they’re contributing to segregation and discussed how they can influence the public schools families left. Linda Jacobson reports.

 

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Commentary

Innovative Models Exchange Offers a Roadmap for Reinventing School


When the pandemic struck, teachers scrambled to bring their one-size-fits-all classrooms online. That approach has to change, say contributors Jenee Henry Wood and Saya Taniguchi, and a new searchable database called the Innovative Models Exchange from their nonprofit, Transcend, offers options for educators looking to reshape the learning experience, from college prep and social-emotional skills to project-based learning — even overhauling an entire school.


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  • Nation’s Report Card: Shows Largest Drops Ever Recorded in 4th and 8th Grade Math
     
  • From the 2017 Archive: ​​Reinventing America’s Schools — 9 Inspiring Case Studies of Cities and Educators Rethinking Classrooms for the 21st Century

Analysis

3 Misconceptions About Pandemic-Related Learning Loss


The recently released NAEP scores brought renewed urgency to conversations around learning loss and recovery. Beliefs about these topics shape how policymakers, educators and parents act to support students moving forward. Yet, new research by the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative shows that three common assumptions about whose learning was affected the most and what it will take for students to catch up are, in fact, misconceptions. Contributors Sarah Cashdollar, Mariana Barragan Torres and Meg Bates of the collaborative explain.

 

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  • $700B: That’s How Much It Will Cost to Fix Pandemic Learning Loss, Study Says
     
  • Student/Teacher Poll: Not All Are Eager to Go Back to In-Person School

EDlection2022

Bernie Sanders Plans to Lead Ed Committee, but Rand Paul Passes


Now that the Democrats will retain control of the Senate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a far-left independent who caucuses with the Dems, has announced his intention to chair the education committee. But conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who had been in line to serve as the top Republican on the committee, said he’ll pass, leaving the ranking position open for Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy. A physician and advocate for students with dyslexia, Cassidy is also considering a run for governor. Linda Jacobson has the update.

 

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COVID Policy Update

Pandemic Hurt Teachers' and Teens' Mental Health


John Bailey is back with his weekly roundup on schools, students and the science behind the pandemic. A few noteworthy headlines:
 

  • Teens' and teachers' mental health took a hit during the pandemic, new data show
     
  • $20 billion of ESSER funds at risk of not being spent
     
  • Senate votes to end COVID-19 emergency
     
  • Read the full COVID briefing
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