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Sep
27

Schools scale back home internet help as remote learning fades

With students off Zoom and back in classrooms, many schools have stopped helping students get online at home, new federal data shows. Just 45% of public schools are providing home internet access to students who need it this school year, down from 70% earlier in the pandemic, according to August survey data released Tuesday by […]

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Sep
27

With COVID aid, schools try something new: giving students jobs

Kelly King was able to do something this summer she’d never been able to before: pay students to help others. King, who works for the school district on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, used federal COVID aid to hire three rising high school seniors to staff a booth at a riverside park. There, as crowds flocked to […]

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Sep
27

After his brother died by suicide, this teacher changed how he talks to students about mental health

Every day at the start of his classes, Nick Orr, a high school science teacher in Nevada, said he checks in with his students about their mental health. It’s a practice Orr said he began doing after his own brother Anthony died by suicide shortly after graduating high school in 2020. Orr said Anthony’s death […]

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Sep
27

Staffing shortages continue to plague schools, data shows

More than half of public school principals participating in a national survey reported being understaffed as classes started in August, according to federal data released Tuesday that come as another sign of persistent employee vacancies in schools. Sixty percent of those grappling with the issue said they were contending with open support-staff positions, since the […]

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Sep
27

NYC drops vaccine mandate for student athletes and extracurriculars

Students who participate in a range of extracurricular activities including sports will no longer face a COVID vaccine requirement, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, ending the only mandate that applied to public school students. In August 2021, the city announced that students participating in “high risk” extracurricular activities must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a […]

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Sep
27

Where are New York state test results? Here’s what we know.

After multiple years of pandemic disruptions to student learning, there is little data on how New York City students have fared.  City officials refused to release the results of their own assessments of student performance last year. And while the state education department sent standardized test results in reading and math to local school districts […]

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Sep
26

Parent-teacher conferences in NYC schools remain virtual this year

New York City officials have pushed for the return of pre-pandemic life in schools, ending social distancing requirements, revoking mask mandates, and keeping buildings open. But one ritual won’t revert to normal this year: parent-teacher conferences.  Those meetings must generally be held remotely and many caregivers are finding that other back-to-school events meant to introduce […]

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Sep
22

Alumni Spotlight – Andrew Rocco

We caught up with Andrew Rocco, a Sage/CITE alum and graduate who earned his M.S. in Educational Administration, as well as being licensed in Special Ed Grades 7-12. We’re very proud of his successes and grateful to call him an alum of CITE! What made you decide to pursue your doctorate in Ed Leadership? As […]

By John Russo | Alumni . Professional Development
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