Education in the News

School-Community Partnerships: Solutions for Educational Equity through Social and Emotional Well-Being

Schools have been asked to provide more and more services to students, but often don't have the resources to do so. School districts are being encouraged to partner with outside organizations and agencies to help provide additional programming and opportunities. Studies show that school-community partnerships can lead to stronger social and emotional learnings, enhance student engagement, and improve academic outcomes.

Pandemic, Racial Justice Fuel Surge in Demand for Social-Emotional Learning

The Covid-19 pandemic and concerns about racial justice over the past year and a half have caused a surge in school district interest and spending on social-emotional learning. Between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, district spending on SEL programming increased about 45%. The increase also came with a shift among teachers and administrators who are now prioritizing students' mental health and putting less emphasis on academic achievement and testing.

Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity: Research Heavyweights Team Up to Help Districts Use Real-Time Data to Aid Students' Pandemic Recovery

Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research and CALDER are coming together to help school systems use data to aid student recovery from learning disruptions caused by the pandemic. The organizations are planning to partner with several districts across the US to provide information about tutoring, after-school programs, and other offerings that educators hope will help students regain learning loss caused by the pandemic.

Districts Would Have to Show Equity for High-Poverty Schools Under Proposed Biden Rule

The Biden administration wants school districts to show that they're treating their high-needs schools fairly when it comes to funding and staffing, which was as requirement of the most recent federal Covid-19 relief package. The US Department of Education's proposal would require states to publish information on how each school district is helping the high-needs schools, which could provide helpful data for researchers and policymakers wanting to understand the American Rescue Plan act and trends in school funding.

New Program at Rogers High School Aims to Close Learning Gaps by Addressing Complicit Bias

Roger High School in Newport, RI is testing a new program that could lower the achievement gap between students by improving the relationships between teachers and students. The 7-week pilot program will take 22 voluntary participants (11 students and 11 teachers) and have them engage in stress-reducing and relationship-building activities in hopes to reduce implicit bias from both teachers and students.

How to Preserve the Good Parts of Pandemic Schooling

Researchers at Ed Week surveyed 150 9th to 12th grade students on their experiences with learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of the students reported experiencing copious amounts of stress due to school disruption, as well as personal factors like family illnesses and financial troubles. In other cases, however, students reported that being away from academic pressure has been beneficial, with some reporting that they now prioritize their mental health more than ever before.

Students Could Have Lost as Much as 183 Days of Learning Time in Reading, 232 Days in Math During First Four Months of Largely Virtual Schooling

The Covid-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted students' learning throughout the United States. Research conducted by Stanford University indicates that there has been significant learning loss in both math and reading for students, making it more important than ever for educators to create a comprehensive learning plan to combat further decline in the future.