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What School Looks Like In ReOpening Countries
posted by: Melissa | May 07, 2020, 01:16 pm   

In most places in the U.S., schools have conceded the school year, announcing that they will remain closed. However, in countries where Coronavirus hit sooner, some schools are beginning to reopen. By looking at those schools, we can get an idea about what our own school days might look like in September. 

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Why Now Might Be the Time to Implement a Choice Reading Program
posted by: Melissa | May 05, 2020, 04:14 pm   

Coronavirus has seemingly turned the world on its head and has upended much that we’ve traditionally taken for granted about teaching. No longer do we see our students every day. There are no classroom routines or structures to help students manage their time or keep them on task. There’s little we can offer by way of rewards for those students who are diligently doing their work.

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Wants and Needs During COVID-19
posted by: Tamia | April 28, 2020, 09:04 am   

This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow Tabitha Brown, teacher, mentor, and grade-level lead at Global Village Academy in Northglenn, CO.


In kindergarten, two of our social studies lessons include learning the difference between wants and needs and our relation to our community. These seem to be two lessons that may quell the current frenzy for action. I teach kindergarten and desperately want to be with my kids, to reassure them that things will return to normal, to give them time to engage with peers, and guide them in their exploration of their world. I need to do it digitally, I need to be home. 

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Zoom Bombing & How to Avoid It
posted by: Melissa | April 23, 2020, 09:45 am   

When schools started closing a month ago, the natural transition for most educators was to pick a video platform and move their classes online. While some schools already had a method for videoconferencing established, in other schools, teachers were left to figure out what to use on their own. It quickly became apparent that one video conferencing service was standing out from the rest: Zoom. 

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School Choice: A Shape Sorter
posted by: Tamia | April 08, 2020, 04:34 pm   

This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow Tiffany Svennes, Director of Post-Secondary Studies, Denver Justice High School, Denver, Colorado.

I will never forget the day I learned the true depth and meaning behind the School Choice movement. I attended traditional schools as a student and have always been involved in non-traditional schools as a professional. The fact that parents should be able to enroll their students in a school outside their neighborhood seemed silly and arbitrary until the day I learned better. Ironically, my one-year-old daughter in all her slobbery glory clued me into this education lesson.

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