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May 27, 2021
As the school year is ending, schools and districts are finalizing their plans for summer learning programs. Unlike in previous years, state and local education agencies have unprecedented federal funding to support and expand their summer learning and enrichment programs. The additional funding provides education agencies with an exciting opportunity to focus on need-based priorities instead of traditional ones. To help with this, the Summer…
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Statue "The Thinker"
May 25, 2021
For school districts that may need to reduce spending and potentially lay off employees, “Reducing District Budgets Responsibly” (brown.edu) argues for delaying educator pay raises or furloughing non-working staff to reduce layoffs. This recommendation is based on research that demonstrates the large-scale reductions in force (RIFs) have negative consequences on student learning beyond just losing the individual teacher and even when teachers…
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Graphic depicting continuous feedback loops
May 18, 2021
Web developers try to take into account the user’s experience and goals when designing a website. However, as time passes, even the best-designed website requires adaptation to meet its users' changing goals and needs. As part of an open educational resources (OER) initiative, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) launched the #GoOpenVA website. The website allows Virginia teachers to create and share resources designed for Virginia…
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Ascending stacks of quarters with piggybanks on top
May 13, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) is an unparalleled investment in U.S. public education that provides $125.4 billion for state K-12 public education programs. State and district leaders have the opportunity and responsibility to use these funds to address immediate needs associated with the pandemic and to make long-term investments that will make schools more equitable over time. As part of a national convening for the Summer Learning…
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Tree with a growing root system
May 5, 2021
Region 5 is launching a Regional Initiative to support summer learning recovery in conjunction with Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative announced in March 2021 by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED hosted the National Safe School Reopening Summit and announced the launch of the The Collaborative, a partnership between the Comprehensive Center Network, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Governors…

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