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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
There are a few sad and enduring images of the pandemic on The Hechinger Report homepage today, including photos of students who are just sick and tired of learning from home, along with a video of what life has been like for three moms juggling it all.
 
Making sense of what we have learned during this painful year and where we go next will be our main focus, from math homework to English learners to after school programs for middle schoolers.
 
We are already seeing some change on the horizon for higher education, including liberal arts schools adding career tech programs.  I have found in my own reporting, though, that change can be a long time coming in other areas – like legacy admissions at elite colleges. As always, we would love to hear from you about what’s happening – and what comes next.

Liz Willen, Editor
 
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Main Idea 

Learning from Lockdown 

A reporting collaborative produce this series of solutions-oriented stories. The Education Labs at AL.com, the Dallas Morning NewsFresno Bee and Seattle Times partnered with The Christian Science MonitorHechinger Report and Solutions Journalism Network.
Reading List 

COLUMN: As elite college applications soar, legacy admissions still give wealthy and connected students an edge

Despite calls for reform, this is one topic most colleges do not want to talk about.


OPINION: We ignore middle school students at our own peril

The pandemic is hurting middle schoolers, who need the lifeline of after-school programs more than ever before.


Isolation, panic and constant juggling: A year in the life of three moms

Three families filmed the ups and downs of life at home with kids during the coronavirus pandemic.


OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

Using lessons from pandemic learning to make in-person school worth going back to for English learners.


Beer making for credit: Liberal arts colleges add career tech

New programs in workplace skills promise graduates will ‘hit the ground running.'


Confused by your kid’s math homework? Here’s how it all adds up

Elementary students are taught math in ways that can make parents’ heads spin, but there are good reasons for the new methods. Take a deep breath and read on.
 

Colleges are withholding transcripts and degrees from millions over unpaid bills

States are increasingly stepping in to block this ‘unique and unfair debt-collection tool.’


PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

Games, built-in dictionaries and e-book add-ons can distract.
Solutions 
"This high school reopened two months ago, with no COVID-19 outbreaks. Here's how," Los Angeles Times 

This week’s solutions section came from SolutionsU powered by Solutions Journalism Network and their database of solutions journalism. Search for more solutions.
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