Meet the winners of the catalyze challenge, reimagining what education can be
The students in classrooms today are the leaders of tomorrow’s workforce, but even before the pandemic, learners didn’t feel high schools were doing enough to prepare them for long-term career choices. Only 52% of students felt high school prepared them for the world of work, and over the past two years, the pandemic has made the journey...
By Julie Lammers | September 22, 2022
Learning and love: A lesson from Mr. Rogers for the start of a new school year
Summer was over, and with students starting another school year, Mister Rogers had something to say. The television host entered the set the way he always did: He changed his shoes, zipped his sweater and spoke directly into the camera. “I’ve just come from the neighborhood school,” he told his TV neighbors. “I’m trying to...
By Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski | September 15, 2022
Analysis: Educators’ poor morale matters, even if they don’t quit. Here’s why
Schools have been trying to return to normal after three years of closures, disruption and setbacks, so it’s no surprise that the pandemic has taken a toll on educators’ morale. Yet, thus far, public school educators nationally have not left their jobs at notably higher rates than before the pandemic began. Even so, poor morale...
By Elizabeth D. Steiner, Heather Schwartz & Melissa Kay Diliber | September 14, 2022
Teens have changed their higher ed plans — survey shows they may never go back
Each of the nearly 4 million students who graduated high school this spring faces major decisions this summer. Do they want to pursue further education? If so, what do they want to study and where? How will they afford it? Will they begin working immediately? If so, are they moving out of their family home? Are they...
By John Kristof & Colyn Ritter | September 12, 2022
Analysis: School safety is about more than keeping guns out of the classroom
In June, after decades of inaction on gun violence, the federal government enacted the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. While limited in its scope compared to the magnitude of America’s gun violence crisis, the law still presents an enormous opportunity to save lives — particularly the lives of children. But that’s not guaranteed. As gun violence...
By Roseanna Ander & Monica Bhatt | September 7, 2022
Commentary: School is where health care happens for kids. Changes in Medicaid can help
Schools are places where health care happens, an essential part of the nation’s public health infrastructure. During COVID-19, schools across the country responded to the call to action to vaccinate students and community members and to provide nutritious meals and mental health counseling services to kids — despite shuttered classrooms. Even before the pandemic, schools were providing care that supports...
By Donna Mazyck | August 31, 2022
Why actually working isn’t enough to defend effective education ideas
There’s an old conversational set piece in the lively world of early education policy that goes something like this: a study comes out showing that pre-K programs do a solid job of raising children’s knowledge and skills, and even improve kindergarten readiness, but seem to be less effective at producing higher third-grade reading scores or some other...
By Conor Williams | August 10, 2022
Educator’s view: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ rules don’t have to silence teachers
Teachers play a critical role in developing students’ world views regarding marginalized communities. But educators are increasingly being silenced in their ability to deliver inclusive teaching. Since January 2021, 37 states have introduced measures to limit how race and discrimination can be taught in public school classrooms, and 14 have imposed laws or rules to enforce these restrictions. Across...
By Byron Flitsch | August 1, 2022
Analysis: Schools try bonuses, stipends to attract & keep teachers in a tight labor market
This article originally appeared in the April 2022 School Business Affairs magazine and is reprinted with permission of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The text herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of ASBO International, and use of this imprint does not imply any endorsement or recognition by ASBO International...
By Chad Aldeman and Katherine Silberstein | July 27, 2022
GreatSchools to omit pandemic school testing data from its ratings
Parents and educators are asking: when is GreatSchools going to have new school data? The answer is two-fold. First, it’s important to know we are not going to give parents information that doesn’t help them, or only helps some of them. Second, we have been consistently adding new data, but its type and source may...
By Orville Jackson | July 21, 2022