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The New Normal (Part VII): Re-Entry or Re-Opening?

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

Like with the economy, education leaders are pondering how, when and under what circumstances schools should be re-opened in the coming months. Very tough and challenging decisions are to be made soon. And it starts with the very idea of “re-opening”. It might be an inaccurate concept since it implies a simple flipping of the switch. Presto! … we are back to where we were when we closed. Well, to my way of thinking it...

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The New Normal (Pt VI): A rubric to help educators make critical decisions about when and how to reopen schools by Rich Long.

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

By Richard M. Long, the executive director of the Learning First Alliance. It’s an understatement to say that we’re living at a time of uncertainty. Public education is a large endeavor: While we have 50.8 million students in traditional public schools, we also have 14,000 school districts, many communities, and families who all have different needs. Yet all want to know, what are we planning and when will the school buildings...

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The New Normal (Part V): Return, Re-entry, Recovery?

Posted by on May 3, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

A school closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic sits empty in New OrleansLAN WEI/XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES As Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote, ““It is easier to start a war than to end it.” The same can be said about education’s battle with covid-19 — starting with the abrupt closing of over 90% of the schools around the country in March and leading to the return to school (or some variation thereof) in the...

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The New Normal (Pt IV): School budgets and the light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

With stunning speed the COVID crisis has disrupted most every sector of our society in immeasurable ways. For schooling, the changes have been particularly acute and abrupt. As Education Week points out in their report on closings, in just a few weeks “…  School closures due to coronavirus have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected at least 55.1 million students.” That’s over 90% of...

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The New Normal (Pt III): Navigating a new political battleground of which education is a part

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

This disheartening commentary from The Hill observes that the responses to the pandemic and a faltering economy are increasingly becoming defined simplistically by partisan affiliations rather than by science, evidence or circumstance.  From where I sit, this is a dangerous development that could lead us down a self-destructive path that will make recovery all the more distant and difficult. And suddenly schooling has been thrust into...

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The New Normal (Part II): Recovering from learning loss & revenue loss

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

In this recent WaPo article, Eric Gordon, chief executive for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said it best, “We have to have a recovery plan for education … I’m really worried that people think schools and colleges just flipped to digital and everything’s fine and we can just return to normal. That’s simply not the case.” Indeed, the recovery process for learning loss will result in a “generation of...

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