Debate continues over reading strategies | Expert says schedule is important during home learning | How school chiefs are leading through crisis
March 30, 2020
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Curriculum & Instruction
Group aims to support continued learning for students
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The newly formed Community Coalition Against Regression aims to share resources and teaching methods to prevent students in one area of California from sliding backward during the time of home learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group, which was spearheaded by the director of BREN Special Education Legal Clinic at the San Joaquin College of Law, includes speech therapists, occupational therapists and behavioral specialists.
Full Story: GV Wire (Fresno, Calif.) (3/26) 
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Debate continues over reading strategies
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There has been a recent resurgence of the debate over how to best teach reading. This article describes four major findings, including the argument for phonics, the benefit of independent reading time and how to develop reading comprehension.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (3/30) 
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Educational Leadership
The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the education system is "without precedent," says Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change. In this interview, he shares some of the innovative ways school chiefs nationwide are leading through the crisis, including by ensuring students have access to meals and finding innovative ways to connect with students.
Full Story: Edutopia (3/27) 
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Technology Trends
Security concerns arise over remote learning
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The widespread, swift adoption of digital learning tools to aid teachers during prolonged school closures is raising some privacy concerns. Antonio Romayor Jr., chief technology officer for El Centro Elementary School District in California, says some educators are adopting free programs that may lack typical safeguards and are skipping traditional vetting of new technology resources and tools.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/26) 
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Policy News
DeVos: Microgrants could support remote learning
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she would like Congress to fund microgrants to support teachers and students who are learning remotely amid prolonged school closures. A Department of Education spokesperson said later that eligible students would be from schools that are closed for more than 30 days, qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or an individualized education program.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Transitioning to online learning has been difficult for two brothers with hearing impairments, as their teachers need to be with them. During isolation, two teachers have set up chairs and materials on the boys' porch and are teaching the brothers through their windows.
Full Story: WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (3/25) 
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