Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/31/2020

I often told my children, unless they had an 8x10 glossy photo of an event or occurrence or unless they were told a piece of information directly from the person(s) involved, it could not be considered a truth. In the last couple of months, 8x10 photos have been figuratively developed and words from the stakeholders’ mouths have been recorded. Across the country, students have spoken and it’s time to listen.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the mental health risks of young adults who are increasingly coping with anxiety and depression, as they begin to face life…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/4/2020

Absenteeism data could be a key indicator in determining whether remote instruction is effective and where there are gaps, according to an analysis from Phyllis Jordan, editorial director of FutureEd, and Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. In this commentary (excerpts follow), they offer several warnings about measuring attendance during this time, urging…

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Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 4/12/2020

On March 12, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton ordered all Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings closed to students due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency. This document provides guidance to school districts as they make a good faith effort to determine, to the extent practicable, how to issue grades and provide feedback to students in alignment with their local board of education…