The pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to education. The Monitor collaborated with The Hechinger Report, Solutions Journalism Network, and the Education Labs at AL.com, The Dallas Morning News, The Fresno Bee, and The Seattle Times to explore how schools and districts have embraced best practices as students head back to school.
As schools try to address widespread learning loss caused by COVID-19 disruptions, particularly for students learning English, those who work at newcomer academies offer lessons in how to quickly identify needs and fill learning gaps so that children can get back on track. (Photo credit: The Dallas Morning News)
Nationwide, school administrators are crafting plans for the 2021-22 school year to help children catch up in math. The Howard County school system, in the suburbs southwest of Baltimore, is embracing many of the practices that experts say kids need for math support. Those include flexible instruction, setting aside more time for math help, extending the school day when needed, and boosting student confidence, rather than labeling students as lagging. (Photo credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report)
A district in Colorado made it every employee’s job, from math teachers to custodians, to support student mental health in the pandemic. (Photo credit: Sara Hertwig for The Hechinger Report)
A redesign of the community college system in Alabama, put in place prior to 2020 and aimed at helping entering students more quickly get up to speed on missing subject skills, is expected to help both returning and first-time students navigate another fall semester during the pandemic. (Photo credit: Ed Enoch/AL.com)
Schools are already spending big chunks of their approximately $190 billion in pandemic relief money on a range of strategies from after-school programs to cutting class size. Fresno Unified Instructional Superintendent Ed Gomes said the district is looking into many ways to help kids with what he calls “unfinished learning.” (Photo credit: John Walker/The Fresno Bee)
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