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Doctor vaccinating young man in clinic
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Teachers & Vaccines: Debate & Demands

With COVID-19 vaccines in the early stages of rollout across the U.S., a debate has sparked: Should teachers reenter classrooms prior to vaccination? Demands are surfacing. Read More ›
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Funny girl fond of chemistry filming video while making experiment
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When Remote Learning Works

It’s no secret that remote learning is not working for the majority as schools remain closed. However, are there conditions where remote learning works exceedingly well? One Canadian school has a track record of providing outstanding remote learning and can serve as a model worth replication. Read More ›
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White House
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President Trump Issues Executive Order Expanding Educational Opportunity

President Trump’s December 28 executive order expands educational opportunity by providing emergency learning scholarships to disadvantaged K-12 students to access in-person learning. These grants meet an urgent need among low-income, special needs, and minority students who have been disproportionately affected by school closures. Read More ›
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Cañón del Sumidero, Mexico
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The Chasm Spanning Public and Private Schools Continues in a COVID-19 Era

There was a stark difference between public and private schools in how they handled the launch of the school year in mid-August to early September as a response to COVID-19. The situation is no different as 2020 comes to a close. Half of all U.S. public schools are closed either entirely or partially, as opposed to private schools who scrambled last summer to open on day one of their scheduled school year and have remained in full operation since. Read More ›
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Smiling african american teacher and schoolchildren with arms up in classroom
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 3): Implementing Incentives

The U.S. can't afford to continue to increase teacher pay in accordance with an ineffective, outdated compensation model. It's time to financially incentivize teachers who are high-performing, willing to work twelve months, and serve in high demand areas and subjects. Read More ›
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 2): Examining Teacher Pay

Before jumping on the increase-teacher-pay bandwagon, several factors influencing teacher pay need to be understood. These include the seniority-based salary calculation system, the nine-month work year, and the higher demand for expertise in technical subjects. Read More ›
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 1): Why the Debate?

How can we pay teachers more? The premise of the question is teachers are not adequately paid, a frequently heard argument. But what is the reality? Read More ›
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Elementary School Classroom: Enthusiastic Teacher Holding Tablet Computer Explains to a Brilliant Young Children How Wind Turbines Work. Kids Learning about Eco-Friendly Forms of Renewable Energy
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Differentiated Instruction — Easier Than Most Teachers Realize

When asked by administrators to differentiate instruction within their classrooms, teachers typically feel overwhelmed at what they believe to be a daunting, if not an impossible, task. However, differentiated instruction may not be as difficult as most think. Read More ›
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Authentic school grounds. School backpacks and bags piled up outside a run down looking classroom. Lesson learning taking place inside room.
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A Mass Educational Exodus

School closures began last March, and today over half of K-12 public schools remain closed to in-person learning. It is estimated that upwards of three million students have cut ties with schooling. Read More ›