The Alliance for Excellent Education has released five free toolkits designed to help administrators navigate the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The toolkits (available for free download as PowerPoint documents) demystify ESSA, explaining many of the law’s main components—particularly those that relate to educational funding. Administrators will also find guidelines to help them explain the details of ESSA—such as when preparing for a school board meeting or having a conversation with teachers. The five Next-Generation High School toolkits address advanced placement and International Baccalaureate, career and technical education, dual enrollment and earlycollege high school, deeper learning, and personalized learning. The toolkits include informational videos, policy and standards analyses, best practices, links to ESSA resources, planning and data collection worksheets, and school case studies that can inspire new approaches.
Plus: ASCD has created a one-stop resource on ESSA implementation across the states. The organization’s new ESSA state implementation map provides links to specific resources, opportunities for input, and updates for each state. At this time, states are preparing to make decisions on accountability indicators, assessments, professional development opportunities, and well-rounded education.
As of March 17, 2020, 115 countries have announced or implemented school and university closures; 105 countries have shut schools nationwide, impacting almost 959.2 million children and youth; and a further 10 countries have implemented localized school closures to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19.
In response to the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has created a COVID-19 landing page with resources for social studies educators, administrators, and professionals.
With more and more schools across the country shutting down for an extended time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided K–12 educators and school leaders with information about some of the policy implications…