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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
A year after George Floyd’s killing, teachers everywhere are still struggling to move forward, but none more so than exhausted Black teachers – who may be leaving the profession in even greater numbers than they did pre-pandemic. And that’s a big problem, Peggy Barmore explains in an in-depth story this week.
 
Also this week, we look at how schools are teaching students about viruses and the public health response to their spread, via an app created before that topic became all too real. We also bring you a story that carries this warning to higher education: Expect big enrollment worries for years to come.
 
Finally, please spend some time with the 78-year-old community college professor who worries constantly about reaching all of her students. As always, we love to hear your stories as well.

Liz Willen, Editor
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Main Idea 

Black teachers ground down by racial battle fatigue after a year like no other

Black teachers were already leaving the profession in high numbers before a pandemic and the nation’s upheaval over racism made their job harder.
Reading List 

PROOF POINTS: Could more time in school help students after the pandemic?

It’s an appealing idea but research often shows small to no benefits.
 

Troubled by students she’s not reaching — ‘that no one is reaching’

Amid higher dropout rates, one professor redoubles her efforts to lead them to success.
 

OPINION: America’s early education system is struggling. Head Start can help chart a path forward

The first step toward growing quality early education across the country is to systematically identify what works.


Operation Outbreak: Simulating a pandemic while living it

An app created to teach students about viruses and contagion became even more educational than anticipated when Covid-19 spread across the nation.
 

Colleges face reckoning as plummeting birthrate worsens enrollment declines

With demand falling, prices start to plateau; demand for transfer students to increase.


STUDENT VOICE: Why rural students like me are ‘meant to be here’ in college

Challenges for rural students begin in high school and create a higher education gap we must address.


Mandatory advising looks more like social work as colleges try to meet student needs during pandemic

San Antonio College, 2021 Aspen Prize winner, has seen an increase in appointments for a wider range of issues.


OPINION: New leadership at the top should mean big changes for English language learners

Why U.S. education secretary Miguel Cardona can make a long overdue difference.


A support system for principals juggling multiple crises

Free expert coaches helped school leaders figure out every-day logistics in a pandemic, and think about the future of schooling, too.


STUDENT VOICE: Supreme Court, don’t punish us for raising our voices

“I wanted to speak up, but I was so scared of what the school could do to me.”
Solutions 
"San Diego teacher creates ‘social justice league' for students with disabilities, ‘a forgotten minority,'" San Diego Union-Tribune

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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