This message was sent to ##Email##
View the 2020 - 2021 Session Calendar
Protests against police brutality have erupted across the country over the past three days, leading to tough classroom conversations about race, racism and police violence. Teachers, already struggling to reach students during the coronavirus pandemic, are now searching for ways to help them work through their feelings about the protests and the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed African-American men and women — without being with their students in person.
Two months after the COVID-19 crisis forced educators across the United States to leave their classrooms and start teaching online, the scope of the changes and challenges has now become clear, and educational leaders have started to identify what's working and what still needs improvement.
Ayindé Rudolph, a contributor for EdSurge, writes: "With all that is taking place during this time, I feel called to speak, to start a much-needed conversation with myself, with you and with our children. In a year in which we have had to deal with issues around immigration, shootings at schools and community gatherings, the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of our economy, we are pulled into a long-overdue conversation about race, equality and justice."
When Whitney Weathers' son came home with a pretend gun in his hand after a playdate with a white friend, clueless to the George Floyd murder and protests, Weathers immediately said to him, "Oh black boy, you do not get to pretend that you have a gun in your hand." Her son, 9 years old, already knew why. "It's because people will kill me," he told his mother, adding, "Mom, I don't know why they don't like us."
The school year ended for some students with quiet sign-offs in dining rooms and living rooms across districts. Others may have celebrated with neighborhood car parades, while others are still logging on each day until mid-June. With the global spread of COVID-19, educators and students abruptly shifted to online and at-home learning, scrambling to ensure devices and internet connections were in place.
The COVID-inspired rush to distance learning is putting pressure on already-strained IT budgets in school districts nationwide as educators strive to provide students with needed devices and online tools. That comes on top of the $13 billion districts already spend on ed tech tools each year. Over the past five years, K–12 technology spending grew more than 8.6 percent a year, Technavio reports.
District Administration Magazine
If your district does not already have a robust online presence, shutting your doors for an extended time can mean unnecessarily large gaps in student progress. While any time out of school isn't optimal, it may be especially detrimental to progress toward graduation for high school students.
Tech & Learning
Supporting the emotional well-being of your school community can be a challenge even in the best of circumstances — but in these difficult times, this task may seem even more daunting. Here is the No. 1 Rule that I share with teachers, parents and students: Give yourself grace. We are all doing the best we can as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will make mistakes, we will learn from them and we will get better.
More than nine in 10 teachers (94%) shifted to remote teaching in response to school closures. While most of those teachers that haven't transitioned to online teaching (another 4%) intended to do so, among the tiny share that haven't and won't, the primary reasons they gave were tied to lack of access to technology and lack of support at home for their students. More than half in that position (55%) said they were handing out paper materials to parents for students to use at home.
It was close, but all 50 states and the District of Columbia have applied and been approved for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund — a relatively small block grant within the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, but one state leaders have wide discretion in how to spend. The U.S. Department of Education extended the deadline by a week, until June 8, but "it turns out the extension wasn't needed, since everyone had applied by the end of the day on Monday," according to a department spokesman.
Federal law requires school districts to spend at least as much each year on special education as they did the last, but in light of the pandemic, school leaders want Congress to ease up on this mandate. Officials with a half-dozen education groups say that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirement known as "maintenance of effort" is unreasonable in the current climate. Under the law, there can be financial consequences if school districts do not keep pace on special education spending.
District Administration Magazine
States and districts that are looking for the most effective ways to spend Education Stabilization Funds authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, should invest in long-term solutions rather than quick fixes, according to several education experts. During a recent online presentation, experts discussed how CARES Act funds can be used to provide educational continuity and support teachers and students in the coming months.
The Associated Press
These are children of the global pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will violently crack down on its citizens when his country lifts the lockdown. There is melancholy and boredom, and a lot of worrying, especially about parents working amid the disease, grandparents suddenly cut off from weekend visits, friends seen only on a video screen.
By Brian Stack (commentary)
As our nation prepares to enter a third month of altered operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alarming reality is starting to give rise amongst policymakers, educators, and parents alike: When it comes to equity, many schools and school systems may in fact be worse off than they may have originally thought, and it will get worse before it gets better.
Give families and teachers the option of full-time remote learning for elementary grades in the next school year; shift to an every-other-day schedule for older elementary kids and let K-3 students attend every weekday; limit classrooms and school buses to half-capacity; and require masks, lots of hand-washing and strict stay-at-home guidance for sick students. These are among the ideas proposed by Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham institute, in a recent column he wrote on how to send "elementary kids back to school and parents back to work."
Over the past couple of months, educators all around the world have quickly come up to speed on how to accomplish distance learning. We moved just as quickly from thinking about this need as a stopgap solution, what A.J. Juliani calls emergency remote learning, to thinking more about best practices and the need to create a muscle memory of good distance learning pedagogy — a model we're likely to use for a while.
Districts' summer school plans are showing missed opportunities for addressing learning loss for students and fostering social connections, according to a new analysis by researchers who have closely monitored schools' transition to distance learning during school closures.
|New Postings Every Week on ALAS Website!
06/08/20 — Region Superintendent, Clark County School District, Clark County, NV
06/05/20 — Assistant Principal, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
06/05/20 — Elementary School Assistant Principal, Mount Vernon Schools, Mount Vernon, WA
06/04/20 — Director of Purchasing and Warehouse, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
06/04/20 — Executive Director — PK-12 School Leadership, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX
06/04/20 — Purchasing Technician, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
06/04/20 — Technology Integration Specialist, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
06/01/20 — Director of Language Acquisition, Berwyn South School District 100, Berwyn, IL
06/01/20 — Director of Special Education, Berwyn South School District 100, Berwyn, IL
05/29/20 — Teacher on Assignment — Administrator (Centennial High School), Peoria Unified School District #11, Glendale, AZ
05/29/20 — Teacher on Assignment — Administrator (Liberty High School), Peoria Unified School District #11, Glendale, AZ
05/27/20 — Assistant Superintendent, Information Technology, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA
05/27/20 — Assistant Superintendent, Special Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA
05/27/20 — Chief of Staff, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
05/26/20 — Associate Chief, Student Equity and Opportunity, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/26/20 — Elementary – ESL Teacher, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — High School Math Teacher, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — Instructional Coach – Arrowhead Middle School, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — Instructional Coach – Harmon High School, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — Middle School Math Teacher, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — Special Education Coordinator, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/26/20 — Special Education Teacher, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas City, KS
05/22/20 — Director of Budget and Finance, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
05/22/20 — Director of Personnel and Human Resources, Mount Vernon School District, Mount Vernon, NY
05/22/20 — Purchasing Coordinator, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
05/20/20 — Chief of Staff, Syphax Education Center, Arlington, VA
05/20/20 — Panel Manager, Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families
05/19/20 — Executive Director, American School Counselor Association, Alexandria, VA
05/19/20 — Superintendent, Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
05/16/20 — Superintendent, St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, Reserve, LA
05/15/20 — Executive Director — PK-12 School Leadership, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX
05/15/20 — Superintendent, Martin County School District, Martin County, FL
05/15/20 — Superintendent, Piner-Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa, CA
05/13/20 — .5 Spanish Bilingual Title I Literacy Interventionist, Urbana School District #116, Urbana, IL
05/12/20 — School Designer, West, EL Education, CA
05/11/20 — Chief Performance Officer, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
05/11/20 — Principal, Alfred E. Burr Middle School (Grades 6-8), Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
05/11/20 — Principal, Global Communications Academy (Grades Kindergarten-8), Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
05/11/20 — Principal, Thomas J. McDonough Middle School (Grades 6-8), Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
05/11/20 — Regional Assistant Instructional Superintendent, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/08/20 — Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Programs, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
05/07/20 — Executive Director, Assessment, Reporting and Data, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/07/20 — Liaison, Board of Education, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/07/20 — School Monitor, Hempstead Union Free School District, Hempstead, NY
05/07/20 — Senior Manager, Academic Programs & Planning, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/06/20 — Coach/Mentor, Puerto Rico Education Foundation, Puerto Rico
05/06/20 — Director of Curriculum and Innovation, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
05/06/20 — Elementary School Assistant Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — Elementary School Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — High School Assistant Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — High School Associate Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — High School Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — Middle School Assistant Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — Middle School Principal, Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX
05/06/20 — Superintendent, Proviso Township High School District 209, Forest Park, IL
05/06/20 — Teacher, Pendergast School District, Phoenix, AZ
05/05/20 — Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/05/20 — Regional Instructional Superintendent, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/05/20 — Senior Manager, Culture and Engagement, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/05/20 — Senior Manager, Strategic Human Resources Support, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/05/20 — Senior Program Initiatives Manager, AR&D, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
05/04/20 — Principal, Durham Public Schools, Durham, NC
05/04/20 — Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI
VISIT ALAS WEBSITE FOR MORE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION!
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063