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How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it. Credit: Javeria Salman/ The Hechinger Report. “We

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OPINION: School leaders must come forward to help Latino students after the pandemic set back long-awaited progress

The Hechinger Report

A viral photo of two young Latinas sitting outside a Taco Bell in California so they could access Wi-Fi to do their homework crystalized a national problem: Too many students do not have access to the tools they need to participate in distance learning. Related: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S.

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Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We The Miami-Dade school district, for example, adopted a plan back in 2012 to close the digital divide.

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OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. Until in-person learning can fully resume, family members are the only adults who regularly work with students on distance learning assignments.

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Congress is cutting the funds that could have closed the homework gap

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Related: The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide. Subscribe today!

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. After dealing with the first priority — making sure students were safe and fed — schools had to figure out how to keep the learning alive.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. The organization’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. URL: www.commonsense.org/education.