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Connections in Online Learning Supports Student Achievement

The ASU Prep Digital Partnership: Student, Parent, Teacher, Community All students, regardless of age or grade, want to feel valued and cared about. They want to be seen, understood, and accepted. Whether attending school in person or online, finding connections is critical to their educational success. Sociologist Joyce Epstein, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and founder of the National Network of Partnership Schools, has gathered decades of research showing the correlation of connections between schools and families, and their influence on students’ education. ASU Prep Digital...
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Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

Keep online school students and families engaged  An essential part of learning is the interaction that happens when students have the opportunity to connect with their peers and with their teacher. Effective online learning—especially in the formative elementary years—requires finding ways to make these interactions a reality. Let’s look at...
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Addressing Online Learning and its Shortcomings During COVID

Shortcoming (noun): “A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person's character, a plan, or a system.” COVID-19 reshaped the world in many profound ways, one of those being the effects on traditional schooling and education. Millions of teachers, students, and families faced the uncertainty of...
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Summer + Boot Camp = Thriving Teachers

When you hear the word “summer” what do you think of? For many people, summer means vacations, time with friends, and travel. Warm nights after hot days. Thoughts of a less hectic schedule, to sleep in, lounge about, enjoy the pool, read, go to art and music festivals. Summer is...
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Champions of Change: Education leaders of the year

Julie Young, vice president of education outreach and student services and managing director, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Prep Digital, was listed as one of five education leaders of the year by AZBusiness Magazine. This bi-monthly magazine identifies and analyzes the trends and issues that impact Arizona’s business environment and...
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Teacher Attrition, The Great Resignation, and What Comes Next for Schools

#TransitioningTeachers #TeacherMentoring Teacher shortages are not new and they’re not solely due to the pandemic. However, the pace of teacher resignations has been accelerated by COVID-19 to the point where education sector resignations are dramatically outpacing other professions. The Wall Street Journal cites federal data to note that from January...
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How to Teach from a Trauma-informed Mindset

Trauma is a physiological and psychological response to any threatening or deeply upsetting situation. These situations vary—the death of a loved one, child abuse or neglect, financial uncertainty, ongoing discrimination or bullying, a car wreck, being witness to community violence—there is no shortage of stressors. In a recent survey by...
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