Crisis in teaching quality may explain stagnant learning recovery, report finds
More than three years after the pandemic began, a crisis in teaching quality may be stalling academic recovery, new research shows. Faced with exhaustion, staffing shortages, and frequent student disruptions, many educators are using “outdated and ineffective” methods and content below grade level, according to a report released last week by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at...
By Marianna McMurdock | August 7, 2023
Surgeon General’s social media warning may impact school district legal surge
The U.S. Surgeon General’s dire warnings on the youth mental health crisis will likely prompt more school districts to sue big tech companies, according to advocates and lawyers involved in ongoing litigation. Surgeon general Vivek Murthy warned last month in a 19-page advisory that social media poses a profound risk to children, with excessive use impacting...
By Marianna McMurdock | June 8, 2023
Q&A: Psychologist Deborah Offner on educators as first responders
Every day, adults are tasked with supporting young people showing behavioral changes or experiencing a mental health crisis. The problem? Many are unprepared to do so. It’s a challenge Deborah Offner came up against so often, as a consulting psychologist for schools in and around Boston, she decided to write a guide. Urgency is only...
By Marianna McMurdock | April 19, 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 teen girls ‘engulfed’ in wave of sexual violence; many suicidal
Public health officials have been sounding the alarm about young girls’ mental health, pointing to rises in hospitalization for suicide attempts and depression, especially during the pandemic. Now, new national data unveil one factor that could be exacerbating the crisis: a record increase in sexual violence. Nearly 1 in 5 teen girls experienced sexual violence...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 28, 2023
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1.3 million Los Angeles students could soon access free teletherapy
With mental health issues mounting, a new partnership throughout Los Angeles County schools is poised to offer licensed counseling to its more than one million K-12 students. All 80 districts within the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s jurisdiction will have the authority to opt-in to services with Hazel Health, a telehealth provider that has...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 21, 2023
How educators can help kids make sense of Tyre Nichols’s death
At dinner with their families, on school buses, and in their own rooms, young people nationwide have witnessed the brutal killing of Tyre Nichols, whether they meant to or not. As students enter classrooms in the days after a widely publicized funeral in Memphis, experts say educators have a responsibility to acknowledge their anger, grief and sadness...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 6, 2023
Missing an opportunity: Ed Dept. criticized by GAO for teacher shortage strategy
With the nation’s schools facing acute teacher shortages, the GAO criticized the U.S. Department of Education’s strategy for not adequately addressing the crisis and guiding states’ in how to attract and retain more educators. As teachers nationwide face “an increasingly disrespectful and demanding school workplace culture,” and compensation concerns, the GAO charged in a report...
By Marianna McMurdock | December 8, 2022
Incumbent California schools chief wins overwhelming support for second term
Incumbent Tony Thurmond has won another bid to serve as California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, leading the vote over opponent Lance Christensen by about 2 to 1 as of midday Wednesday with about 42% of districts reporting. Thurmond will guide California’s K-12 schools through a period of academic recovery and curricula reform in math and...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 9, 2022
The $1.1 billion math solution? Gates Foundation makes math its top K-12 priority
As the nation witnesses unprecedented declines in academic achievement, one of the largest education philanthropies has announced it will fund $1.1 billion in K-12 math initiatives over the next four years. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment marks the beginning of a decade-long strategy to prioritize math gains, particularly for Black, Latino and low-income...
By Marianna McMurdock | October 19, 2022
‘Focused, angry, concerned about creating justice’: Debunking 5 myths about Generation Z
Ask a Boomer or Millenial what they think of Gen Zers and their observations are far from flattering: Overly sensitive, socialist, disengaged, dependent on technology. But those stereotypes have little basis in reality, according to the book, Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, released earlier this year. John Della Volpe,...
By Marianna McMurdock | September 8, 2022