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The Story Behind a Petition to Hold College Commencement in Person, Despite COVID-19

Raquel Perez is earning her associate degree in audio engineering this spring. It’s a milestone many semesters in the making. The 32-year-old has spent the last five years pursuing a degree at Houston Community College, balancing classes with paid work and raising her seven children.Propelling her forward through all of that effort was her vision of the day she’d walk across the commencement stage and accept her diploma. So...

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This Middle School Engaged Struggling Students and Gave Them a Voice in a Virtual World

Assistant Principal Ronda Smith remembers her heart racing when she learned that John F. Kennedy Middle School would pivot to remote learning because of the pandemic.We had to figure out how to get students engaged online, which was already a focus in the brick-and-mortar setting.“We didn't have the tools or the training,” explains Smith. “This was going to be a challenge, and if we didn’t get it right, it could literally set...

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Attitudes About Homeschooling May Get Unexpected Boost From a Year of Remote Learning

Remote instruction may have raised acceptance of school that happens at home. STEM courses in higher education need labs, but that doesn’t mean labs are being used online. And the pandemic year has taken a toll on U.S. education conferences—all in this Edtech Reports Recap. Home Is Where the Homeschooling IsCould greater public approval of homeschooling be an unexpected result of the pandemic’s forced experiment in remote online...

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Juggling ‘Roomers’ and ‘Zoomers’? How Teachers Make Hybrid Learning Work

After making a major shift to remote learning at the beginning of the pandemic, some teachers had to adjust to another unfamiliar environment when their school buildings reopened: teaching students online and in-person at the same time. Engaging, monitoring and supporting two sets of students with very different needs is a complex juggling act that some teachers have described as their biggest challenge ever. Some schools adopted this...