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.
Amidst all the bad news about how the pandemic has affected children, teachers are seeing surprising positive changes in their students as well.
Members of EdSource's California Student Journalism Corps asked students at several California campuses, as well as one professor, what they felt was the optimal mix of online versus in-person instruction.
The end of California's mask mandate for schools Monday meant students and school staff no longer have to wear masks to school, but many still did.
Integrating online instruction with in-person classes can enhance teaching and learning if done well.
Demands for reckonings over school Covid closures scapegoat teachers, but spare the more glaring culprits.
Making sure that all students feel valued, seen and included must not be left to chance.
The influx of funding can help educators better collaborate to create a more useful, meaningful and humane educational experience for students.
Members of EdSource's Teachers Advisory Group share their experiences with returning to school after the pandemic lockdowns.
Policymakers and administrators must have the courage to make big changes to provide students more access to mental health professionals.
California must support teachers and invest in their well-being to halt the growing shortage.
We need to get back to the reasons teachers start teaching in the first place: to support students, to inspire futures and to create fulfilled adults.
Schools can support students of all abilities in the same classroom, benefiting all -- without breaking the bank. It's already happening.
Academic support like tutoring is too often divorced from wellness initiatives. But easing up academically on struggling students does them no favors; they need both emotional and academic support.
We cannot talk about post-pandemic change in schools without considering the views of the families and students we serve.
Members of the EdSource Community Network, including students, parents, teachers and early education providers talk about their back-to-school concerns in the face of the delta variant.