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.
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.
The in-person contact and interaction is essential to student success in the fall.
A Q&A with Cecily Myart-Cruz.
Teachers can partner with students, families and colleague to establish a caring classroom community, even if it’s from a distance.
Don't lose hope, find ways to help others, stay connected.
Instead of baleful predictions, let's focus on the changes that should come about.