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Sarah Gonser

Contributing Editor

Sarah Gonser is a contributing editor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Hechinger Report, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and numerous other media outlets. Her first job in journalism was as the obituary writer for a California daily newspaper.

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  • Blended Learning

    How Long-Term Tech Planning Pays Off—Now and In the Future

    Three superintendents, all early adopters of blended learning, explain what it took to make their 21st century models work. (Hint: Good teachers and curriculum are still at the core.)
  • School Leadership

    School Leaders Debate Solutions For an Uncertain 2020-21

    Education leaders are laying out plans to reopen schools in the fall, but without the safety net of a vaccine, the school year looks unpredictable at best.
  • Education Equity

    What Past Education Emergencies Tell Us About Our Future

    With schools closed in 185 countries, experts who’ve studied school emergencies around the world share insights about the impact on kids.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

    Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
  • Literacy

    If We Want Bookworms, We Need to Get Beyond Leveled Reading

    When it comes to nurturing kids’ love of reading, research suggests variety, choice—and encouragement to stretch—can make a difference.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment

    When the world feels dangerous, harnessing learning can provide some measure of clarity and perspective.
  • Online Learning

    From Wi-Fi to Food Drops: How Districts Are Tackling the Big Issues Now

    Most education leaders say the U.S. has never faced anything like this before. The leader of Chiefs for Change on the short and long view as coronavirus continues.
  • School Leadership

    Tips for Principals Shifting Their Schools to Distance Learning

    As teachers grapple with teaching remotely while schools are closed, principals can support their staff, students, and school communities in critical ways.
  • Assessment

    4 Reasons Teachers are Going Gradeless

    Up to their elbows grading papers and questioning the motivational value of traditional grading systems, many teachers are starting to experiment with alternative assessments.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    What Brain Science Teaches Us About Conflict Resolution

    When a teacher noticed her kids fighting at recess, she turned to neuroscience and mindfulness practice to help them take control of their emotions.
  • Critical Thinking

    Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

    Vetting primary resources isn’t easy—but doing it well is crucial for fostering engagement and deeper learning in a rapidly changing world.
  • Critical Thinking

    6 Scaffolds That Deepen Independent Learning

    When teaching problem-based lessons, use thinking scaffolds to propel students toward greater expertise and deeper learning.
  • School Leadership

    Key Strategies for Reducing Friction Over Student Discipline

    Principals and teachers must work hard at alignment when it comes to the difficult—and evolving—question of student discipline.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too

    New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve.
  • STEM

    Connecting Math and Science to Reading and Writing

    Educators in K-12 classrooms are exploring unique ways to bridge the gap between math, science, and literacy.