COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


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."

Ed Tech Use Continues Growth Beyond the Peak of the Pandemic

Google, Kahoot! And Zoom are the most-used tools of 2020–2021.

Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative Adopts Assessment Management System

Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC), which works with public schools in Vermont to provide distance learning, has adopted Instructure's MasteryConnect to aid with student assessment.

How Coaching Helps Teachers and Leaders Reduce Stress and Build Trust

The COVID-19 pandemic changed how we teach and lead. From book drop-offs to hotspots for families, the past school year required tremendous amounts of flexibility and adaptation as schools switched between in-person and remote learning environments.

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