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Emerging Recovery Practices Pave Innovative Ways Forward for Schools

More than $180 billion in federal relief funds is flowing into our nation’s schools for COVID-19 recovery funds. Will we capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity to focus resources on delivering high-quality instruction and supports for students, families, and educators?

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Lift up and focus attention on practices that have the potential to help schools recover stronger so all students benefit. This focus helps to bolster support for sound policy above the political fray.

Texas will provide 30 hours of accelerated

instruction to low-performing students.

The San Antonio Independent School District in Texas added

30 optional days of school.

Nevada offered $5,000 grants to families of

students with disabilities.

Colorado’s I Matter mental health initiative is funded with

$9 million in federal dollars.

New Hampshire helps cover summer camp with grants of

$350 or more.

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Discover notable practices in states and school districts across the United States.

Accelerating Learning

Time “outside the bell” can help students thrive in school. These states and districts make investments in high-quality curriculum and additional learning time like tutoring, summer school, after-school, or by developing new school calendars.

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Facility and Technology

Caliber school buildings, including proper ventilation in classrooms and lunchrooms, as well as access to technology for virtual and in-person learning and quality transportation systems, can make a difference in the learning environment. These states and districts have found innovative ways to address infrastructure needs in education.

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Using Data to Drive Decisions

Quality data can help inform important decisions education leaders, educators and families must make. These states and districts use a variety of data to drive decision-making and support interventions.

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Promoting Family Engagement

Family involvement can have a direct impact on a student’s learning. These states and districts provide expanded opportunities for families and communities to be part of what’s going on in school.

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Supporting Students, Families & Staff

Social, emotional and mental health needs have exponentially grown during the pandemic. These states and districts are finding innovative ways to deliver mental health services or other supports that address social and emotional needs.

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New School Delivery Options

School innovation is a stated goal of the Education Department when it comes to the use of federal recovery funds. These districts are taking advantage of federal relief funds to provide expanded new learning options or designs.

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Strengthening the Educator Workforce

Retaining, recruiting and training educators is an important component for school improvement. These states and districts have rolled out efforts to improve and diversify staffing for hard-to-staff schools and subjects.

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State Plan

Each state is required under federal law to spell out how it will spend federal recovery funds targeting education in a state plan. Explore how each state is planning to use its federal funds in schools.

Media

The latest news stories and commentary on education recovery efforts.

Ed Dept offers 18-month extension requests for ARP spending

Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, said in a statement the organization is “thrilled” with the clarity the department provided to the timeline school systems have to complete “desperately needed” school facilities projects and HVAC upgrades.

Kara Arundel | K-12 Dive

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D.C. background check delays means fewer tutors in schools, groups say

The District’s slow background check process is preventing critical tutoring and after school programs from operating at full-capacity, according to multiple education nonprofit leaders, who say they have prospective employees and volunteers waiting months for clearance to enter school buildings.

Perry Stein | The Washington Post

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