COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology

CoderZ Launches At Home Program

CoderZ has launched a new version of its computer science learning program: CoderZ at Home. The new release is targeted to those working outside the classroom, including students engaged in remote learning and students who are homeschooled.

New Research: Grade Readiness at Start of School Year Was More Impactful Than Being In School or Remote During Pandemic

Whether students were prepared for grade-level learning mattered more to their progress over the course of the pandemic than whether they were remote or in school, according to new research released today by Curriculum Associates.

HR Priorities Now Led By Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Support, PowerSchool Study Shows

A new survey of K–12 human resources professionals shows that districts’ top priorities have shifted from COVID-19 procedures and online learning to teacher recruitment, staff well-being, and teacher retention, amid a growing focus on professional development access for teachers and administrative tech solutions.

Free Webinar will Focus on How to Evaluate High Impact Tutoring Programs

With school districts across the nation increasingly considering tutoring programs and apps to help students overcome pandemic learning loss, online tutoring platform FEV Tutor has announced a free webinar, “How to Evaluate High-Impact Tutoring Programs,” for K–12 curriculum decision-makers, administrators, and academic officers.

Two Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Open SAMHSA Mental Health Funds to K–12 School Districts

Two U.S. senators have announced proposed legislation that would allow K–12 school districts to seek direct federal funding for comprehensive student mental health and suicide prevent programs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

RAND Survey: District Leaders See Mental Health of Students, Staff As Top Concern

A new survey of K–12 district leaders by RAND Corp. and its nonprofit partners shows that respondents’ three biggest concerns — by an overwhelming margin — during the current school year are the mental health of students, teachers, and principals, respectively.

LearnPlatform Launches Evidence Subscription Service to Help Ed Tech Providers Show ESSA Compliance

LearnPlatform today launched a subscription-based analytics solution called Evidence-as-a-Service to help ed tech providers and school districts better determine the impact of their digital learning platforms and to gather the necessary evidence to demonstrate compliance with Every Student Succeeds Act, the company announced.

TutorMe Announces Deal to Provide Tutoring Services to 11K Students of St. Louis District

Online tutoring provider TutorMe today announced it will provide on-demand, 24/7 tutoring for the 11,000-plus students of Ferguson-Florissant School District in St. Louis for the remainder of this school year at no cost to students.

Filmmaker Brett Culp Encourages Educators to See Their Actions as Heroic and Stay Focused on the Mission

Documentary filmmaker Brett Culp describes how his journey making documentaries that tell the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things to make a difference in the lives of others, changed his definition of what a hero and what a leader is — and teachers are both.