By Ari Memar
10/07/2021 on District Administration

As educators emerge from the challenges of pandemic teaching and begin to establish new normals of flexible instruction, no small portion of our attention is drawn to learning loss, and the gaps that emerged during our rapid contingency actions.

There should be no debate that closing those gaps—filling learning loss with learning gain—will be our shared responsibility for some time. And it should be. Catching up is crucial.

At the same time, we cannot focus so much on catch-up that we sacrifice creative learning and discovery. Creative and inquisitive sparks drive personal growth, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Removing choice from teachers and the ability to manage where they allocate time (and by extension their students) is detrimental to developing the creative mind…Read full article here.