How School Arts Programs Are Preparing For a Safe Return This Fall

For countless students, their theater class or after-school band practice is one of the highlights of the school day. School arts programs provide creative outlets, social interactions and opportunities for kids to feel seen. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, students lost this key time of the day. Now with a vaccine ...

How to Teach Kids About Personal Space as They Return to In-Person Learning

This fall, millions of kids across the country will return to school. Some will be eager to greet their friends with hugs, but not all of these friends will be ready for physical contact. It’s a learned skill to respect personal space, something that younger children might not have yet — ...

How to Reestablish and Build Social-Emotional Skills With Returning Students

Educators will need to determine where their students are academically this year. Did they miss important information during remote instruction? Do they need more time or extra tutoring?  But that’s not all. In addition to potential academic gaps, some child development experts are raising concerns about the social-emotional skills of students. ...

Reintroducing Basic Classroom Behavior After Remote Learning

For many students, Fall 2021 marks the return to normal. Parents can take pictures of their kids leaving for the first day of school and teachers can work with full classrooms of students again. However, some students may have forgotten basic classroom behavior and etiquette over the past year. Small ...

Student Pre-Assessment for the Start of the 2021-2022 School Year

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and parents alike have worried about students falling behind. Even missing a week of school at the start of lockdowns in 2020 raised concerns about skipping essential parts of the curriculum. Now that most students are returning to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, teachers ...

Fall 2021: Teacher Concerns About Returning to the Classroom

Throughout the past year, teachers and students alike have shown a tremendous amount of resiliency. They have adapted to new learning environments, new forms of communication and last-minute plan changes by administrators. With the COVID-19 vaccine approved for younger Americans, many educators are looking forward to returning to the classroom ...

The Hamilton Effect: Lesson Plans to Make History Fun and Cool

In 2015, the musical Hamilton took off across the country and quickly became one of the most popular Broadway musicals in recent memory. Shows sold out months in advance while fans listened to the soundtrack on repeat throughout the day. (The musical also created a wave of popular baby names, ...

The Role of Summer School in Preparing for In-Person Instruction

When schools closed at the start of the pandemic, educators and parents alike worried about kids falling behind. Teachers already have to push so much into the curriculum that they couldn’t afford to miss an extra week or two of school. Then a few weeks of remote learning became a ...

Tips for Navigating Teacher Burnout Ahead of the 2021-22 School Year

For many teachers, the summer of 2021 means reaching a finish line that seemed impossible a few months (or even a few weeks) ago. Some educators have taught remotely for the past year, while others have returned to modified in-person instruction or a hybrid model of the two. While your students ...