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Dealing with Zoom Fatigue: Using Project-Based Learning to End the School Year on a High Note

As schools wind down from a, hopefully, once-in-a-lifetime shutdown, many students and teachers find their motivation also winding down. Educators are calling this “zoom fatigue,” referring to the commonly used teleconference platform. To end the year on a high note, teachers could turn to project-based learning (PBL), by asking students to complete a project they…

State and Local Budget Cuts Jeopardize U.S. Recovery 

As the coronavirus crisis grinds on, state and local leaders are warning of a looming fiscal meltdown. Unlike the federal government, most state and local governments are required to balance their budgets, so they may need to implement painful budget cuts as unemployment soars and as tax collections dry up. Cuts are not inevitable, but…

Helping Things Click, Brick-by-Brick: America’s Great Shut-in is a Chance to Engage Students in Deeper Learning

My 10-year-old nephew, like most American kids, is “doing school” at home. An only child, he misses his friends, is not learning as much as he would in the classroom (by his own and his parents’ admission), and is often-times bored. I ordered him a Lego Star Wars space fighter with a gazillion pieces to…

A Student’s View: Thinking Outside the Device – With a Little Ingenuity, Libraries Could Keep Kids Loving Reading While Schools Are Closed

The transition to distance learning has caused unprecedented disruption to our education system. Many low-income students do not have internet access necessary for taking classes online. While some districts and charter schools are distributing devices and hotspots, in others, students are making do with paper packets. With all this chaos, though, we still live in…

Gary Pearce: Trump’s Trump Card

Gary Pearce on Politics and Public Policy in North Carolina The virus has taken away President Trump’s biggest reelection weapon. But he has a big weapon left, and he’s wielding it relentlessly. Gone is his economic message: “You’ve never had it so good, the stock market has never been so high, and unemployment has never…

Follow the Leaders: Workplace Safety and Pay Policy

Here's a good rule of thumb: The companies or industries that actively expand during a recession often become the leaders in the recovery that follows. For example, housing starts actually rose in the 2001 recession, foreshadowing the coming housing boom.  The financial crisis of 2008-09 was also marked by the early years of the Apple…

Protecting core systems: After today’s huge announcement, what Treasury and the Fed need to do with the rest of the $500 billion

As of Thursday, April 9, Treasury and the Federal Reserve are finally starting to set set up the facilities need to use the $500 billion in funds for “severely distressed sectors” contained in the $2.2 trillion CARES relief act. The money has to be allocated by December 31, 2020. In this initial round, the Fed…

Op-Ed: Hitching a ride on the coronavirus: How partisans of all stripes are exploiting this crisis

For many of us, the coronavirus calamity is a humbling reminder of all we don’t know and can’t control. But for the ax-grinders, hobby-horse riders and zealous partisans among us, it’s just another opportunity to advance pet causes. So from certain right-wing politicians and propagandists, we get the lunatic theory that the pandemic is a Democratic or…

Blog: Does America CARE about Charter Schools?

The $2.2 trillion Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act appropriated $30.75 billion for education—almost half of which will flow to “Local Education Agencies.” These LEAs include both school districts and many charter schools or networks. But charter laws differ from state to state, and many charter schools authorized by school districts do not…

The Moment of Truth for Walmart, Amazon and the Rest of the Food Supply Chain

In our previous blog post, we wrote about the importance of keeping the food/essentials supply chains open. With hundreds of millions of Americans stuck at home, having a dependable source of food is essential to avoid panic and to stay the course on social distancing. That's not optional. We equally stressed the importance of the…