Coronavirus / COVID-19

Longwood private school uses imagination to spark online learning

When teachers at a central Florida private school that strives to celebrate the uniqueness of each student learned they had only a few days to transition to remote learning, they vowed to get creative. Really creative. A math teacher devised a lesson plan using groceries from her pantry to show[Read More…]

At this school for students with special needs, it’s can-do that’s infectious

HUDSON, Fla. – All four of Patricia Larkin’s kids have special needs, and all were making good progress at HOPE Ranch Learning Academy, a private school known for its equine therapy program. So when the coronavirus pandemic forced the single grandma to briefly veer into homeschooling, she got a little[Read More…]

Florida Virtual School preparing to blast off

Editor’s note: This is a developing story; watch for updates. Like many states, Florida has quickly ramped up its online education offerings to temporarily replace brick-and-mortar schools that were closed in response to the COVID-19 virus. But those efforts are about to receive an injection of rocket fuel that will[Read More…]

Will this pandemic force us to boldly address inequities in our schools?

Editor’s note: This commentary by Laura Waters, a mom, education blogger and former school board president in New Jersey, first appeared March 25 on EducationPost. The daughter of New York City educators and parent of a son with special needs, she writes frequently about the need to listen to families[Read More…]

Switch, now, to online learning? This charter school org was ready

About a decade ago, Fernando Zulueta was making a presentation to school district officials in Florida about why his charter school support company, Academica, needed to expand into online learning. For one thing, he told them, charter schools serviced by Academica must better serve students who need flexibility because of[Read More…]

Social distancing: a perfect opportunity for parents to find out what their children are learning

Coronavirus is interrupting life in general and education specifically. As parents in the U.S. adjust to school closures and the potential for their K-12 child’s coursework to continue online, families should come to realize that they will be exposed to more of what their children are learning. For some, this[Read More…]