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Teachers have faced high levels of stress and burnout throughout the pandemic. Kali9/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Pandemic prompts more teachers to consider early retirement or new career

Health concerns, being older than 55 and having to switch to online or hybrid lessons were all factors that made some teachers want to quit or retire.
Schools in predominantly Black communities receive less funding, even though Black homeowners pay higher tax rates. Carl Iwasaki/Getty Images

How reparations can be paid through school finance reform

A school finance expert and an education law scholar make the case for why reparations should be paid to African Americans by changing the way schools are funded.
Today’s science standards encourage teachers to base lessons on real-world phenomena rather than textbook facts and definitions. FatCamera/E+ Collection via Getty Images

5 characteristics of an effective science teacher – from a researcher who trains them

Effective science teachers use everyday natural events to get students to explore their world. Here’s how they do it, according to an expert who prepares elementary school science teachers.
Microschools gained in appeal to some parents during the pandemic. Complexio/E+ via Getty Images

What are microschools? 5 questions answered

Microschools might be an attractive alternative to regular public schools that are wrestling with the pandemic, but they are mostly out of reach for low-income students, a researcher says.
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror

The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
Studies show video games help students learn math and science. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

5 reasons video games should be more widely used in school

While China has taken steps to rein in the playing of video games among students during the school week, a U.S. scholar makes the case for why the games should be featured more prominently in school.
Muslim students report being teased and harassed when schools focus on 9/11. Jasmin Merdan

Lessons about 9/11 often provoke harassment of Muslim students

Comments made during class discussions about 9/11 often put Muslim students on edge, according to a researcher who interviewed 55 Muslim students in and around the nation’s capital.
School districts are using federal COVID-19 relief funds to hire more mental health professionals. mmpile/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Students are returning to school with anxiety, grief and gaps in social skills – will there be enough school mental health resources?

A shortage of school psychologists will pose serious problems as children return to school with higher levels of stress and anxiety, two experts on student mental health say.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Va., is the top-ranked public high school in the country. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

An elite Virginia high school overhauled admissions for gifted students – here’s how to tell if the changes are working

Gifted education has long faced accusations of being elitist and excluding students of color. Will new changes prepare more students for elite colleges, or will they water down current curriculums?
Civil rights activist Bob Moses founded The Algebra Project to help Black students develop strong math skills. Princeton Public Library/Flickr

Bob Moses played critical role in civil rights organizing and math literacy for Black students

The Algebra Project – a long-standing initiative to teach algebra to Black students who might not otherwise take it – sprang from Bob Moses’ work as a civil rights activist, a historian recounts.

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