New York State School Boards Association

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Back to School 2021 – Addressing Learning Loss and Student Well-Being

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As schools reopen this fall, school leaders throughout the state will need to address two educational priorities – learning loss due to remote learning and gauging student well-being. NYSSBA’s 2021 back-to-school research report focuses on these two high-priority issues and helps school leaders and educators navigate this difficult terrain.

 

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Addressing Identification, Stigma and Trauma to Support K-12 Homeless Youth

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This research brief outlines challenges K-12 homeless youth navigate while in school, how the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on and introduced some acute obstacles regarding supporting homeless youth in K-12 education, and how to focus interventions for this student population to promote positive youth development.

 

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Pandemic Learning Pods and K-12 Education

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As K-12 school district leaders grapple with how best to educate students this fall, some parents in New York and across the nation have opted to have their children learn via pandemic learning pods.

This report provides an understanding of what these pandemic learning pods are, responses to the formation of these pods and how to view them through an equity lens.

 

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A Lost Generation?

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New York State public school districts face serious fiscal challenges due to threatened state aid cuts and increased expenses from COVID-19. A new report by NYSSBA and our partners at the Association of School Business Officials detail the extent of the challenge and what state and federal lawmakers can do to help rectify the situation.

 

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Beyond The New Normal

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School districts are embarking on a new normal. This research brief outlines innovative strategies New York school leaders are employing to foster positive academic and socio-emotional student development that can aptly serve districts both during this new normal and well beyond it. These strategies involve leveraging educational technology as well as school-community partnerships for K-12 educational sustainability.

 

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Coping with Economic Fallout from the Coronavirus

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The economic fallout from the Great Recession following the 2008 stock market crash could offer lessons for how school board members can cope with the financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NYSSBA’s new research report describes how schools navigated the financial trauma caused by reduced state aid during the Great Recession.

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Stand Up and Be Counted

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The 2020 Census has significant implications for public schools. A new NYSSBA report, titled “Stand Up and Be Counted,” details why an accurate census count is critical to school funding and explores challenges involved in reaching hard-to-count populations. It also offers suggestions for how school board members in New York can help ensure an accurate count in their communities.

(Estimated reading time 15 minutes).

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Armed security, school resource officers…What’s right for your district?

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To have or not have armed security? That’s a hotly contested topic and the research shows mixed results. Read NYSSBA’s latest report on the pros and cons of armed security in schools.

(Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes)

 

 

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Create a bully-free environment at your school

CoverBullying is a pervasive problem especially in schools. NYSSBA’s new report offers school board members and school administrators insight into why students bully, the effects of bullying and what pedagogical tools and professional development opportunities can help eradicate bullying and foster kindness.

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Finding substitute teachers a challenge for New York school districts

CoverSchools rely on substitutes to fill in when regular teachers are out of the classroom. Nearly 96% of superintendents reported difficulty finding substitutes, according to a June 2019 NYSSBA survey. This presents a serious challenge for school boards and administrators. When a substitute teacher lacks a strong command of the subject matter, or when no substitute can be found at all, student learning is disrupted. Learn about the factors involved in finding subs and what school districts are doing to alleviate the problem.

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