About a month before America went into lockdown, Catherine Castillo of Springfield Public Schools in Missouri wrote about replacing timed tests with math fluency. And a few weeks before that, Leigh Anne Scherer of the North Clackamas School District in Oregon wrote about using Schoolzilla and Star Assessments “to ensure that students remain on a progressive track that leads to credit attainment as they go to ninth grade.”…Read more
Teacher-student interaction was much different than ever before, hybrid learning was the norm for a majority of school districts, and high-quality remote learning is hard to do.
These were three of the technology-related takeaways in K-12 education during 2020, as determined by Education Week. Click here for more:…Read more
A LearnPlatform study involving more than 270,000 educators showed that 8,000 tech tools were used by teachers this year.
“The data suggest that having to learn and navigate so many digital tools may be contributing to confusion and disengagement, rather than creating more options,” said LearnPlatform CEO Karl Rectanus in a story by District Administration’s Chris Burt.…Read more
President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 23 named former AFT member and longtime Connecticut educator Dr. Miguel A. Cardona as his selection to be the next education secretary.
“I’m grateful for the chance to take on this responsibility,” Cardona said. “I look forward to getting to work on behalf of America’s children and the families and the communities and the nation they will grow up to inherit and lead.”…Read more
With COVID-19 cases rising across Newark and Camden, and with the potential of a post-Christmas spike in New Jersey, AFTNJ and Rutgers URA-AFT (Local 1766) are calling for the immediate closing of Rutgers University’s John Cotton Dana and Paul Robeson libraries except for cleaning and maintenance until the start of the spring 2021 semester.
Additionally, Rutgers URA-AFT is requesting the implementation of team staffing for the spring semester alternating in-person and remote work until the pandemic is over.…Read more
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Dec. 21 that the state’s digital divide stands at 14,349, down 54 percent from the prior week — the biggest one-week drop since the N.J. Department of Education started collecting such data this school year.
School districts continued to cite delivery delays as the reason behind their unfulfilled needs, “but we are hopeful that these will be filled quickly and this gap will be closed,” Murphy said.…Read more
In late spring, when Rowan University’s department of biological sciences offered adjunct professor EJ Karetny a special topics seminar for the fall, it didn’t take him too long to settle on a subject.
Karetny says he decided to “dive into the biology of the pandemic” for his weekly Wednesday class, officially classified as BIOL 01445 — Special Topics in Biological Sciences but given the subtitle Origin and Transmission of SARS-CoV-2.…Read more
Teachers College, Columbia University professor Mariana Souto-Manning is a co-author of “No More Culturally Irrelevant Teaching,” and in an interview with Education Week’s Larry Ferlazzo, she discusses the book and how children of all races can “benefit from a curriculum that centers their ways of knowing.”
Read the interview here.…Read more
The New Jersey Senate on Dec. 17 overwhelmingly passed two bills tied to education.
S2932, sponsored by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, would prohibit state colleges and universities from entering into subcontracting agreements which may affect the employment of any worker in a bargaining unit during the term of a contract in a collective bargaining unit under any circumstances during the term of an existing collective bargaining agreement.…Read more
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to fill out his entire Cabinet by Christmas, and the latest candidates being discussed for Secretary of Education are former Howard University dean Leslie T. Fenwick and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona, The Washington Post reports.
AFT President Randi Weingarten, who has also been rumored for the post, has described them both as “very, very solid candidates.”…Read more