Education Week, July 20, 2022, by Irene Chen and Stephanie Banchero The last few years have taken a toll on our teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing cultural divisions, and the Uvalde, Texas, massacre all weigh heavily. Morale is at an all-time low. Now is the time to rethink the teaching profession. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some districts […]
Over the past year, Public Impact has worked with the Center on Reinventing Public Education to learn about the innovations that emerged when schools shut down due to Covid, particularly, pandemic pods. In two reports and four case studies, we profile examples of pandemic pods and show the potential for innovation in the current education […]
When Covid forced students to learn from home in spring 2020, families were left largely on their own to figure out how to fill the gaps in school structure and supports, leading to the emergence of learning pods. Some of these small learning communities continued into fall 2021, either because of continued pandemic uncertainty or […]
This edition of our newsletter includes the following features stories, and more: Resetting Teaching: Mitigating the Great Resignation Making sense of the conflicting reports about teacher shortages and resignations may take many more months, but CNET took a solid look in The Great Resignation Hasn’t Hit School Teachers Yet. Here’s Why It Still Might. It highlights […]
CNET, February 14, 2022 by Antonio Ruiz Camacho. The pandemic may be the last straw for a profession mired in stagnant pay, compounding demands and endemic burnout. The situation has some asking if the field of teaching needs a reset. It took just a simple question for Andria Nelson to grasp how different the world […]
The January Opportunity Culture newsletter includes opportunities for community, a reflection from educators on continued pandemic challenges, tools and videos for educators, Opportunity Culture news, and more. Featured stories include: “Everybody is Traumatized”: Opportunity Culture Fellows on Keeping On By Sharon Kebschull Barrett, January 25, 2022 With ongoing Covid-related stresses this year, many Opportunity Culture educators […]
As districts continue to cope with a drawn-out end to the pandemic and worsening staff shortages, education research groups, advocacy organizations, and state and federal offices have publicized strategies for Covid recovery—with many suggesting Opportunity Culture models as one strategy to consider. U.S. Department of Education, Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the […]
Public Impact and FutureEd teamed up to host a panel discussion on the report, Identifying Schools Achieving Great Results with Highest-Need Students.
Education Week, May 4, 2021, by Madeline Will. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns have permanently shifted the way many industries think about how and where people work. But will school districts follow suit and embrace workplace flexibility? The model of one teacher standing in front of a class for six or seven hours a […]
The Hill, March 13, 2021, by Thomas Toch and Lynn Olson. The pandemic relief package that just cleared Congress includes no less than $126 billion for schools, and there’s talk in education circles of using a portion of the money to reduce class sizes by hiring thousands of teachers to increase social distancing in schools. But scattered teacher shortages in parts […]
From Chiefs for Change, March 11, 2021 Chiefs for Change is grateful to President Biden for his leadership and to Congress for approving emergency relief aid that is commensurate with the tremendous challenges America’s schools are facing amid Covid-19. As K-12 leaders prepare to receive their share of the $123 billion included in the American Rescue […]
This brief recommends the means through federal policy to bring critical, effective instructional and emotional supports to millions of teachers and their students.