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How to Make Online Professional Learning Successful
Implementing professional learning programs to meet the needs of all teachers and staff has always been challenging. Over the past few months, a monumental shift has thrust many schools and districts into what feels like a tailspin: “We have to put together online personalized content using new resources and tools — as quickly as possible!”
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Talk Data to Me: Good News for K-12 Recruiting and Hiring
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we used data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute to explore how COVID-19 has impacted K-12 hiring. In short, though January and February of this year looked almost identical to the same months in 2019 and 2018, the data quickly and markedly departed from the previous years immediately following the president’s March 13 National Emergency declaration.Continue Reading
[Interview] What Should Schools Do Right Now to Care for Students’ Mental Health Needs?
2020 has been a hard year: schools and workplaces have sent people home, unemployment is skyrocketing, loved ones have died. As schools closed, students found themselves navigating a new way of learning from home. For some, it was okay. For others, difficult home situations, hunger, lack of access to technology, and social isolation made learning impossible or close to it.
Questions (and Answers!) About Reopening Schools Safely
How do you plan to minimize health risks for your students and staff upon reopening? There is no single answer, but schools and districts around the country are doing their best to support a safe return to school. In a recent webinar, school health service leaders gathered to discuss how they’re approaching this critical question.Continue Reading
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Talk Data to Me: Why Substitute Engagement Matters More Than Ever This Year
Students may still be out for the summer in many parts of the US, but administrators and school officials are hard at work, planning for the start of a school year for which few feel ready. Though the list of COVID-related apprehensions is long, a potentially unprecedented number of teacher absences is near the top.Continue Reading
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Q & A: How to Manage RTI/MTSS During School Closures and Reentry
As the fall approaches, you probably have countless questions about every aspect of reentry, including learning loss among struggling learners. We explored those questions, focusing on RTI/MTSS during school closures and reentry in this recent webinar with Jim Wright, a presenter, trainer, and author who has worked in public education as a school psychologist and school administrator for over 17 years.Continue Reading
Is It Legal to Collect Employee Health Data?
As states and schools craft plans for whether and how to reopen, one critical element to such plans is how COVID-19 symptoms and cases are tracked. But you may wonder, is it even legal to collect and track this data?Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Professional Growth During COVID-19
In response to the mid-March National Emergency Declaration, school districts around the country began to close their facilities. Regulations intended to flatten the curve prohibited large group gatherings and necessitated remote learning. This not-so-familiar way of teaching and learning into which schools were plunged required teachers and students to navigate new technologies and online platforms virtually overnight.Continue Reading
5 Questions to Evaluate Your IEP Management System
Is your IEP system helping you live up to the promises you’ve made to students with disabilities ― or is it inhibiting student progress and adding work and frustration to your plate? As with any complex system, getting a clear view of what is working well and what could be better can be a challenge. The bottom line is that your IEP system should work for you, not the other way around.Continue Reading
What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
33 Questions Every School Should Answer as You Prepare to Reopen
The most common question right now in the education sector is: what will school look like next year? In my own district, I have answered that for six weeks with a simple response: I don’t know. In recent days that has started to shift as the added uncertainty was creating anxiety, frustration, and even animosity at times.Continue Reading