Building a better “normal” for all students with community partnerships

It’s no secret that students have suffered academically and emotionally throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But should the brunt of the recovery process be borne by schools alone, or is a more comprehensive, community-wide approach...

As schools hire teachers and counselors, a funding cliff looms

This piece was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters” The schools of Greeley, Colorado are in the midst of a hiring spree. The 27-school...

Social-Emotional Learning and Rigor Don’t Have To Be Enemies

I’m a sixth grade teacher grappling with the reality of teaching kids who may not have darkened a school door in over a year. Many of their students haven’t been in an actual classroom...

How Much Do You Know About Rural Education? Part 4: Reversing the Teacher Shortage Trend

This was first published on Bellwether Education Partners’ Ahead of the Heard blog as a four-part guest series on rural education featuring Dr. Jared Bigham. My grandfather used to say, “You’ll sit a long time with your mouth wide...

How Much Do You Know About Rural Education? Part 3: Amplifying Students of Color in Rural America

This was first published on Bellwether Education Partners’ Ahead of the Heard blog as a four-part guest series on rural education featuring Dr. Jared Bigham. Most people’s perception of what constitutes “rural” is based largely on their own geographic...

How Much Do You Know About Rural Education? Part 2: Navigating the Digital Chasm

This was first published on Bellwether Education Partners’ Ahead of the Heard blog as a four-part guest series on rural education featuring Dr. Jared Bigham. For the past decade, the issue of high-speed connectivity has gained exponential importance but...

How Much Do You Know About Rural Education? Part 1: Hidden Challenges Rural K-12 School Districts Face

This was first published on Bellwether Education Partners' Ahead of the Heard blog as a four-part guest series on rural education featuring Dr. Jared Bigham. When asked to write this series of guest blogs, I was excited to expose...

What If Remediation Isn’t The Best Approach For Addressing Learning Loss?

Learning loss. The COVID Slide. No matter what you call it, the debate about how to address last school year's unfinished business is sure to be contentious. As thousands of students make their way...

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