As schools closed without warning in response to the coronavirus threat, teachers across California had to innovate and find new ways to connect with and support their students. In this section, teachers share how they confronted this monumental challenge.
Listening to families and cultivating community ties is key to reconnecting as students and teachers return to school after the pandemic.
Educators and policymakers alike must listen to students to understand what they need to heal and recover from the traumas of the past year.
Many teachers agree that distance learning forced them to focus on what's important and to listen closely to the views of students.
EdSource's Teachers Advisory Committee reflects on in-person instruction and their view of students and teaching.
Teachers surveyed report they’ve relied primarily on their colleagues and themselves to figure out teaching during the pandemic.
The classroom shouldn’t be isolated from what happens in the real world; it should be an extension of students’ lives.
Free online tools can help teachers fill in the inevitable gaps caused by distance learning.
Many ancillary educational programs have been devastated by the pandemic and are counting on support from parents, teachers and the community to survive.
We need support systems in place now, not after mental health incidents begin to surface and escalate.
Teachers should nurture relationships with parents, just as they do with their students.
Teacher shares tips for distance learning gleaned from teaching summer school during the pandemic.
Teachers must learn to embrace diversity and recognize that cultural differences are assets, not barriers.
In this new environment, the stakes are even higher.
New president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers shares what it has been like teach in a district where she is one of only a handful of Black teachers.
Teachers realize there is more to distance learning than keeping the children’s study skills fresh, and adapt their classes to meet the need.