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Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, numerous school districts are reluctantly announcing that they will be doing ‘remote learning’ again this fall. Although we had the summer to prepare for this eventuality, unfortunately we have instead seen a lot of magical thinking from educational leaders and policy makers.  As much as we...

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What are your school’s decision triggers for closing back down again?

What are your school’s decision triggers for closing back down again?

You’ve opened up school again and at least some students and teachers are attending in person. Unsurprisingly, some students, families, or educators begin to identify as positive for COVID-19. Now what? How many kids have to get sick before you shut down again? What are your decision-making criteria? [practice saying these out loud and see...

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A conversation with Katie Martin

A conversation with Katie Martin

As always, Katie Martin has been doing a lot of wonderful work this summer around deeper learning and student engagement. I thought it might be fun for the two of us to just get together and chat. I tweeted an invitation to her and she kindly took me up on the offer. Two days later we made that conversation...

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“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

  Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases. And we now have growing evidence that young children are powerful virus spreaders. What...

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Welcome back for the 2020 school year! [a letter from your local superintendent and school board]

Dear students, educators, and families, Welcome back for the 2020 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our children and educators back in school again, particularly after such a challenging spring and summer. We couldn’t be more excited to see your kids’ smiling faces back in our classrooms! As you know, some things will...

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Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

Dear school leaders and policymakers,  It didn’t have to be this way. You had all summer to watch the rising number of coronavirus cases all across the country. You had all summer to educate yourself about the science. You had all summer to read credible news sources and see the viral outbreaks that occurred everywhere...