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Posted: December 16, 2020 08:45 am

Middletown Public Schools Reimagines and Personalizes Student Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic

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December 16, 2020 08:45 am
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As school districts nationwide struggle to educate their students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Middletown Public Schools in Connecticut has found its stride. This fall, the district successfully implemented a hybrid learning approach that provides its 4,600 students a mix of in-person and remote instruction. It hasn’t been easy, admits Superintendent Michael Conner, EdD. But through the hard work and dedication of Middletown’s innovative educators and school staff, the district has avoided the “cataclysmic learning loss” predicted nationally, he says. In fact, Middletown’s students are performing better in English language arts than they were one year ago and have experienced only minor learning loss in math, Conner says. Those results are significant in a district where half of the students come from historically underserved populations.

What is the secret to Middletown’s success?

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Connecticut, coronavirus, Deeper Learning, Education Technology, Future Ready
Posted: November 09, 2020 10:23 pm

What Biden’s Win Means for Education

Federal Flash 11-09-2020
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November 09, 2020 10:23 pm
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next president and vice president of the United States. Meanwhile, Republicans gained ground in the House of Representatives and are favored to hang onto their Senate majority, but it is unclear who will replace retiring Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in leading the education committee. Today, we break down what the 2020 election results mean for students and schools, including new stimulus funding and priorities for the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: October 29, 2020 09:40 am

Digital Learning Day Is Turning Ten!

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October 29, 2020 09:40 am
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Now, more than ever, digital learning is no longer confined to a school or classroom. Instead, learning is mobile and should be available to students anytime and anywhere. As we prepare for Digital Learning Day’s (DLDay’s) tenth birthday on February 25, 2021, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) invites educators to join our Future Ready Schools® (FRS) DLDay network because together we’re better, together we’re future ready.  

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Digital Learning Day, Future Ready
Posted: October 24, 2020 11:29 pm

A Civil Rights Data Collection That Ignores Students’ Civil Rights

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October 24, 2020 11:29 pm
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New Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) findings were released, but the U.S. Department of Education (ED) isn’t talking about what the data means for students of color. Plus, Senate Republicans fail to pass their “skinny” COVID-19 stimulus package as a more comprehensive deal eludes the White House and House Democrats. With prospects for an agreement prior to the election fading, will schools ever get the relief they need?

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: October 22, 2020 10:02 am

Ohio School District Goes to the Dogs to Support Students’ Social-Emotional Needs

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October 22, 2020 10:02 am
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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of anxiety were rising among today’s students. But after months of school closures and social distancing, indicators of students’ overall health and well-being have suffered even further. In fact, findings from a survey of students by America’s Promise Alliance “suggest that students are experiencing a collective trauma [during the pandemic] and that they and their families would benefit from immediate and ongoing support.”  

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Future Ready, Science of Learning
Posted: October 08, 2020 11:50 pm

Trump’s Tweets Leave COVID-19 Relief to Schools in Limbo

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October 08, 2020 11:50 pm
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Last week, House Democrats brought a new version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act to the table that dedicated more funding for education and home internet. But President Trump sidelined the negotiations, declaring that he will not agree to a full relief package until after the presidential election.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: October 02, 2020 10:58 am

A New—and Improved—HEROES Act for Education

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October 02, 2020 10:58 am
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House Democrats bring a new Health and Emergency Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act to the table, with a lower overall price tag but more dedicated funding for education and home internet. Congress and the White House agree to a temporary stopgap to keep the government open through mid-December—including good news for advocates working to prevent child hunger during the pandemic.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: September 30, 2020 10:24 am

Wichita Public Schools Accelerates Shift to Personalized Learning During COVID-19

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September 30, 2020 10:24 am
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It takes a village to educate a child, especially during a global pandemic. Fortunately, “we have a very large village in Wichita,” says Rob Dickson, chief information officer for Wichita [Kansas] Public Schools. Through teamwork and a collective commitment to meeting every student’s needs, school and district leaders are working with the local Wichita community to reimagine and reconfigure the learning environment for the district’s 49,851 students.

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coronavirus, Digital Equity, Future Ready, Kansas
Posted: September 16, 2020 06:11 pm

Federal Flash: A Judge Says “No” to DeVos, the Senate Says “No” to McConnell, and the House Says “Yes” to Diversity

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September 16, 2020 06:11 pm
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is forced to abandon her policy to shuttle more funding to private schools with COVID-19 relief funds. The U.S. Senate can’t quite muster the votes for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) COVID-19 legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first federal legislation on school integration in more than thirty years.

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