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PROOF POINTS: Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

The Hechinger Report – Jill Barshay

“Although educators are trying to keep schools open during the pandemic, they still have to figure out how to educate children quarantining at home. Some school leaders have been turning to an innovative solution: allowing children at home to learn remotely along with their in-person classmates. That sounds simple, but it means that teachers have to track students who are only present in Zoom squares while watching others at desks in the room.” (more)

OPINION: A master’s degree gives students an edge with fast-moving technology

The Hechinger Report – Oliver Yao

“Graduate school enrollment has fallen during the pandemic; some observers are now challenging the fundamental value of master’s degrees or portraying them as mere revenue-generators for universities. Others have since countered that the return on investment for a degree should be more broadly evaluated than by using a debt-to-income ratio.” (more)

Are learning gaps stabilizing?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Although wide learning gaps still exist for students across the U.S., those gaps do show signs of somewhat stabilizing, according to new research illustrating the scale and disproportionate nature of the disruption to students’ learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.” (more)

Study: Student affordability views impact college enrollment, and trends could worsen during COVID

K-12 Dive – Anna Merod

“Students are more likely to enroll in college if they believe their family can afford the cost of attending, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics. The center found a 20-percentage point difference in actual enrollment between students who thought their family could afford college versus those who didn’t.” (more)

When is the right time for children to learn to swim?

The Conversation – Amy Peden

“Each year in Australia, an average of 23 children under five die from unintentional drowning, usually due to factors such as a lack of adult supervision, unrestricted access to water and not having the skills to stay safe in water. Teaching children to swim is crucial to prevent drowning; it’s also good for fun and fitness, and sets kids up for a lifetime of water enjoyment. But when is the best age to enrol children in swimming?” (more)

Data Science Is the Future. Let’s Start Teaching It

Education Week – Dr. Steven D. Levitt

“As the coronavirus has infected millions of Americans, the news media have become saturated with numbers: new infection cases, hospitalization rates, death tolls, and vaccine trial results. Many Americans have been overwhelmed, and in part because too few of us are comfortable with data, we have been susceptible to a plague of misinformation.” (more)

What To Do When You Know Your Kid Is “Too Smart” For Their Grade

Moms – Larissa Marulli

“If your child seems “too smart” for their current grade, your child’s teacher will let you know about their academic progress and if there needs to be any changes. From there, some solutions will be presented in order to keep your child learning on their level. If a kid isn’t being challenged or intrigued by their coursework enough, they can get restless, bored, and even have poor focus. If your child’s teacher doesn’t mention anything to you, look for signs that your child may be more advanced for their grade.” (more)

How To Help Your Frustrated Child Remember To Write 2022 & Not 2021

Moms – Jessica Tucker

“While kids may be able to acknowledge that it is 2022 when it comes to writing it on paper out of habit they still write 2021. For some, they do not realize that they are doing it until it is pointed out to them while others realize it after it has been done and become aggravated that they cannot transition what they know is part of their working memory over to the new year. And when this happens, parents teach tricks to their frustrated kids to remember to write 2022, not 2021.” (more)

When it comes to learning loss, don’t reinvent the wheel

E-School News – Melissa Sinunu

“As we head towards the last half of our second school year in a pandemic, there is no doubt that the impact of learning loss has exceeded all predictions. As reported by McKinsey, students are behind an average of four months in reading and five months in math. Unfortunately, the pandemic widened preexisting opportunity and achievement gaps, hitting historically disadvantaged students hardest. In math, students in majority black schools ended the year with six months of unfinished learning; students in low-income schools with seven.” (more)