COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


States Follow Haphazard Standards to Collect Student Device and Internet Access Data

While a lot of districts and schools struggled on their own during the early months of the pandemic to come up with ways to figure out which of their students needed access to computing gear and broadband, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has had a better idea: Why not come up with a standardized way to collect that information that local education agencies can turn to when the need arises?

Pandemic Rage Drove Most Superintendents to Contemplate Quitting

Almost two-thirds of school superintendents (63%) said they have contemplated leaving the job. While some were already planning to retire during the 2021-2022 school year, more said they were driven by "the stress of the no-win situation" in which they were finding themselves.

Online SEL Can Help Students Overcome Struggles and Barriers

A school counselor explains how technology can be paired with relationships to improve mental wellbeing for today’s stressed students.

4 More States Get Approval for American Rescue Plan Funds, Receive $2.8 Billion

The United States Department of Education has approved school plans from four more states and delivered a total of $2.817 billion in remaining American Rescue Plan funds to those states.

Discovery Ed Makes Learning Activities Free for the Rest of the School Year

Discovery Education announced this week that it's making hundreds of daily activities free to educators for the remainder of the 2021–2022 school year.

Florida District Receives First Project SAFE Grant

Alachua County Public Schools in Florida has received the first grant under the Biden administration's Project to Support America's Families and Educators (Project SAFE) program, which is designed to compensate schools that lose some portion of their funding as a result of COVID-19 policies that come into conflict with state policies.

School Communications Effective During Pandemic —Parents

Parents have been overwhelmingly satisfied with school communications during the pandemic. According to a new survey, a massive 70% indicated that digital school communications have been effective.

New Mexico Makes SEL Resources Free to Teachers Students and Families

New Mexico’s Public Education Department is making social and emotional learning resources available statewide to teachers, students and families.

4 States Get Approval for Remaining American Rescue Plan Funds

The United States Department of Education (ED) has approved school plans from four states for the use of American Rescue Plan ESSER funds, distributing about $1.84 billion in remaining funds.

Feds to Help Fund Schools Penalized for Mask Bans

School districts whose funds are being withheld by their states for implementing mask bans (or for other measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus) will see some relief from the federal government. A new grant program, announced Sept. 9 by the United States Department of Education (ED), is expected to open in the "coming weeks."

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