What a year it’s been!
It’s been twelve months since that fateful day when our physical school closed down, and we’ve been full-time distance learning since that day (we’re going back hybrid/concurrent shortly).
I’ve obviously been posting continuously about how we’ve all been handling it (see Best Lists Of The Week: Teaching Online Amid School Closures).
Education journalist Alexander Russo posted today about A year’s worth of memorable K-12 COVID schools coverage, and it inspired me to come up with my own choices about the best pieces that have been written about school reopening in that same period of time.
Here they are – starting with the most recent and going backwards (in some cases, it’s a direct link to the article; in other cases, it’s a link to my post about the article, and that post includes a link):
When it comes to reopening schools, it’s time for leaders to listen to Black families is from The Hechinger Report.
Why Opening Windows Is a Key to Reopening Schools is from The NY Times.
Teachers Unions Aren’t the Obstacle to Reopening Schools is from New York Magazine.
What’s at Stake in the Fight Over Reopening Schools is from The New Yorker.
Black America Has Reason to Question Authorities is from The New Yorker.
The Debate About School Safety Is No Longer Relevant is from The Atlantic.
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Are Teachers Unions Really to Blame? is from Slate.
The importance of clean air in classrooms—during the pandemic and beyond is from Brookings.
Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings is from The NY Times.
Sacramento City Unified locks in distance learning plan. Union says teachers won’t follow it is from The Sacramento Bee. I’m including this just because I was particularly proud of the teachers in our district. The district tried to impose a distance learning daily schedule that was harmful to students and their families, so then teachers in every school just ignored district directives and implemented schedules that worked best for their neighborhoods. Schools have followed those individual schedules the entire year.
How Trump’s Push to Reopen Schools Backfired is from The NY Times.
‘I’m sorry, but it’s a fantasy’ is from The Washington Post.
How Trump Closed Down the Schools is from The Atlantic.
This is probably a conceit, but I’ve written a few decent pieces that have been published in The Washington Post or in Education Week:
Finally, for what it’s worth – this happened last summer: VIDEO: WATCH…ME GET INTERVIEWED ON CNN ABOUT SCHOOL REOPENING IN THE FALL