Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Valerie Strauss

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Recent articles by Valerie:

29-hour meeting ends with Miami school board voting to reopen schools next month

The Broward County school board also voted to reopen in October. → Read More

A historian takes on Trump’s view of American history

"I have practiced history for most of the half-century in which these wars over history have been waged — and I have yet to meet anyone who works to destroy the United States." → Read More

Civics knowledge among American adults jumps in new survey — but hold your applause

Still nearly half can't name the three branches of government. And more findings. → Read More

Why schools — now more than ever — should let young kids learn through play (not worksheets)

An expert writes about the problems with today's early-childhood education and why it is time to reimagine it. → Read More

College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

What to do -- and not do -- from two admissions experts. → Read More

This teacher’s fourth-grade students only wanted to talk about Chadwick Boseman. So he let them.

How this math educator is using the Black Panther to teach his students. → Read More

No, antifa supporters aren’t setting fires in the West — and more lessons on fake news about covid-19, Trump and Biden

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators. The News Literacy Project also offers a program… → Read More

The ‘logistical madness’ of hybrid school schedules — by nearly 50 frustrated teachers

“As we plan for in-person instruction in the midst of a pandemic, what is striking is how little students will be coming back to,” they say. → Read More

‘Put up or shut up’ — a $1 trillion investment to help kids in poverty

It's past time the country spends what is needed to educate and provide health care for marginalized children. → Read More

Returning more kids to school is going to require a bolder plan

Four doctors analyze what it’s going to take. → Read More

DeVos drops controversial rule giving coronavirus aid to private schools after judge said it was illegal

A federal judge said the rule violated the intent of Congress, which wanted more money to go to public schools and less to private schools. → Read More

How to log in to a student portal — all 65 steps

If you’ve tried to sign in to your child’s portal at school during the pandemic, this will speak to you. → Read More

There are now more police officers in Florida’s schools than nurses — and student arrests are rising

The report calls for new steps to lessen the police presence in school and the hiring of more support personnel. → Read More

An open letter to Biden and Harris: 10 steps to undo the damage Betsy DeVos did to public education

The author of the letter is the superintendent of public instruction for Washington state. → Read More

Photo shows students jammed together at Florida high school

Here's what the school district says about it. → Read More

Does homework work when kids are learning all day at home?

And did it ever work? → Read More

The problem covid-19 presents for college students who want to vote in November

An analysis of the problem, with some solutions. → Read More

Why Black teachers matter to Black and White kids

What happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina decimated the school system. → Read More

An unusual model to bring virtual learning ‘to life’

The model was created for rural schools in Colombia decades ago. → Read More

Chadwick Boseman praised student protesters in 2018 commencement speech at Howard University. Watch the video.

He told graduates to find purpose in their lives -- not just a job. Here's the video and transcript of the speech. → Read More