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Covid-19 

Why Covid-19 Is Our Equity Check

With students dispersed, schools and our society must confront long-simmering inequities.

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 December 29, 2020 

A Quiet And 'Unsettling' Pandemic Toll: Students Who've Fallen Off The Grid

For American families and their children, school is more than just a building. It's a social life and a community, an athletic center and a place to get meals that aren't available at home. 

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Post Secondary 

April 1, 2021

Re-Imagining Outcomes-Based Funding

College students, staff, and faculty all across the country are demanding greater racial and socioeconomic justice in higher education, where longstanding inequities create barriers for students who are Black, Latino, or from low-income backgrounds to earn a postsecondary degree.

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March 16, 2021

San Francisco Superintendent's Resignation Points to Ongoing Turnover in School Leadership

School boards are appointing superintendents who have grown up in the communities their districts serve, or spent time there as teachers or administrators, in part as a way to curb the chronic turnover in the top position.

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February 16, 2021

California Needs 'Common Application' for its Public College and Universities, Higher Ed Panel Urges

In a development that would no doubt be welcomed by many aspiring college students and their parents, California should develop a common application form for admission to all levels of public higher education in California, including the state’s community colleges system.

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January 19, 2021

College Board is Scrapping SAT’s Optional Essay and Subject Tests

Two major stress points in the grueling rituals of college admission testing are vanishing this year: the optional essay-writing section of the SAT and the supplementary exams in various fields known as SAT subject tests.

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November 20, 2020

NYC High School Seniors Face A New Challenge: Applying to College in a Pandemic

Since she was in fifth grade, Bronx teen Dayanara Sanchez has had her sights set on studying marine biology in college — enrolling in the city’s only maritime-focused high school and climbing to the top of her class.

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October 5, 2020

Why Many San Diego High Schoolers are Crossing State Lines to Take the SAT

SAN DIEGO — It's a stressful time for students everywhere as the pandemic continues, with no end in sight. Here in California, counselors say high schoolers are in panic mode, trying to figure out how to take college entrance exams.

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September 28, 2020 

Plan Year-Round for College & Career Readiness with NCAN’s K-12 Calendar

Fresh off the heels of last week's "4 for the Fall" guide, NCAN is back with another useful resource for the K-12 sector: a 15-month calendar tracking major college and career readiness activities and offering the best resources for conducting them.

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September 8, 2020 

Bounce in Summer FAFSAs Never Materialized; Summer Enrollment Down

Given the massive disruptions students experienced this past spring, it was plausible that we might see a bump in summer FAFSA completions over and above those that typically occur in July and August.

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September 21, 2020 

New NCAN Guide Offers 4 Steps for the Fall to Help the High School Class of 2021

A new “4 for the Fall” guide from NCAN outlines four key steps for district and school leaders, school counselors, teachers, and community partners to take to keep seniors on track for a postsecondary pathway.

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September 2020

Negative Impacts From the Shift to Online Learning During the COVID-19 Crisis: Evidence from a Statewide Community College System

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an abrupt shift from in-person to virtual instruction in Spring 2020.

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 September 15, 2020 

Her School Offered a Path to the Middle Class. Will Covid-19 Block It?

Students at Richmond Hill High School in Queens don’t come from privileged backgrounds, but they go to college in impressive numbers. This year could look different.

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Mental Health 

October 8, 2020 

In Conversation: What Do Rising Rates of Anxiety and Depression Mean for Families, Schools, and Communities?

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented American families with extraordinary challenges. Alarming rates of anxiety and depression symptoms are among the most troubling.

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September 16, 2020

How Ready Are We to Support Kids Through Trauma?

As the global pandemic threatens students' academic progress, recent reports have also raised alarms about students' mental health. Fear, loss, and the anxiety brought on by uncertainty are raising already-high levels of trauma and stress among young people.

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June 2, 2020

We’re in a Moment of Collective Trauma. But there are Glimmers of Hope

I’m writing firstly to express my sincere condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many others who have been killed in recent months at the hands of police and related violence, including the protesters who lost their lives over the weekend around the country demanding their voices be heard, and their grievances be addressed.

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 Antiracist Practices 

Decolonizing Our Minds and Actions 

In 2005, eight Indigenous intellectuals created
the volume For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization
Handbook, to offer hands-on suggestions and activities
for Indigenous communities to engage in as they
worked to develop decolonizing activities.

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December 18, 2019

How Ibram X. Kendi's Definition of Antiracism Applies to Schools

Americans of all backgrounds are increasingly aware of how race affects every part of life in this country. Conversations about how to address racial injustice and how to create equitable systems are happening in many industries, including education.

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November 6, 2020

Thriving Because Of, Not Despite, Their Identity

Although many people may try to define them by their disadvantages, students often view being first generation as a source of influence and power, Marlette Jackson and Ngoc Tran write.

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August 19, 2019

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (video)

Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi's incendiary polemic is stirring, provocative and impossible to ignore. Here he explains why it's not enough to simply say you're not racist.

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June 1, 2020

Moving From Cultural Competence to Antiracism (video)

We’ve all heard about cultural competence in clinical practice. And while it’s important, it’s also not enough.

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July 29, 2020 

Navigating White Privilege and Building an Anti-Racist Classroom (video)

Watch this virtual discussion featuring a panel of Massachusetts educators on cultivating anti-racist classrooms and practices. This recording features three educators who share how they’re navigating their white privilege in schools, how they're acting on their commitment to anti-racist teaching, and ideas for how to support students of color in their classroom.

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