What happens when students have ownership over their success

We heard a lot of concern this summer in the education sector about "learning loss," "accelerating learning," and making sure some students do not "fall further behind." Such fears are not new for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students; students with disabilities; or students from low-income communities. These young people have always been subject to scrutiny in a system that keeps them at a disadvantage and then worries over their differences in performance.

Chicago Public Schools announces ‘record-high’ graduation rate despite remote learning challenges as mayor vows district is ‘not sitting this year out’

With Latino students driving the trend, Chicago Public Schools students have reached a record-high five-year graduation rate of 82.5%, district leaders announced Friday.

The rate got a boost in part from a new method used to calculate the percentage of graduates. Under the old method, it would have been 80.8%...

COVID-19 spring attendance data reveals challenges of remote learning, lessons for fall

CHICAGO (WLS) -- After first discovering some practically empty virtual classrooms this spring, the I-Team has been tracking school attendance data to try to get a sense of student engagement during pandemic related remote learning across the Chicago area.

As a second round of remote learning gets underway, using the Freedom of Information Act, the I-Team sought attendance data from local school districts as schools try to meet the challenges of remote learning...

Why sophomore year matters more than ever

In Chicago and many districts around the country, sophomore year is a forgotten year, a time sandwiched in between high school’s more momentous milestones: freshman year is focused on ensuring a smooth transition to high school; junior year on preparing for post-secondary entrance exams; and senior year on applying to college. Amidst turbulence from a global health crisis and increased economic insecurity and health challenges, protests over racial injustice, and virtual learning, sophomores are both more vulnerable than ever and even more likely to be forgotten.

Kelsey Berryman

Kelsey Berryman is a Research Assistant at the UChicago Consortium on the Exposure to Community Violence Project and a policy student at the Harris School of Public Policy. She has also worked on the To&Through Project and with the Equitable Learning and Development Project. Kelsey specializes in qualitative research and project management for the Exposure to Community Violence Project. Her interests lie in trauma-informed practices, education policy, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

Back to ‘school’

It’s a prospect that was almost unimaginable just months ago: Hundreds of thousands of Washington children won’t return to school buildings this fall.

With the summer’s rise in coronavirus cases, the state’s top leaders said it’s unsafe for the vast majority of students to learn in a classroom. Now, a new semester of school — at a distance — begins in a few weeks and districts are just beginning to send families details about what to expect...

Research-backed strategies to address student learning loss

Following a chaotic spring semester and extended school closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many students will require additional academic support as instruction resumes this fall.

A new policy brief, coauthored by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research‘s Elaine Allensworth and the Annenberg Institute‘s Nate Schwartz, offers some research-backed strategies for schools attempting to address student learning loss in the months ahead...

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