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Back to School

The start of the 2020–21 school year will be unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Whether your school is planning on a virtual, in-person, or hybrid approach, you can count on us to help you navigate the new year.

  • A New School Year Unlike Any Other

    As schools reopened across the country, teachers rose to the challenges of navigating the new normal, both remotely and in their classrooms.
  • 6 Questions to Improve Your Virtual Classroom

    6 Questions to Improve Your Virtual Classroom

    It can be difficult to gauge how effective your online instruction is—using surveys to gather regular student feedback can help.
  • Staying Connected Through Morning Message Videos

    Staying Connected Through Morning Message Videos

    Recording short, fun videos for your students every day can help build community and consistency during distance learning.
  • A Bitmoji Classroom

    Educators Turn to Bitmoji to Build Community and Engagement

    Both fun and practical, Bitmoji classrooms are adding some levity to fall planning this year.
    Emelina Minero
  • A young Asian boy participates in online learning

    How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom

    By establishing routines that address the challenges of online learning, teachers can help students in grades 3 to 8 feel a sense of belonging.
  • Illustration concept for planning during uncertain times

    How to Plan When You Don’t Know What to Plan For

    What school will look like in the fall is still uncertain for most of the U.S., but teachers can develop flexible plans that work for distance and in-class teaching.
  •  A high school teacher stands before her students and speaks while they listen.

    Relationships Matter More Than Rules

    Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
  • Young girl at home on computer doing distance learning.

    Connecting With Reluctant Remote Learners

    Online classes make some kids anxious, but building relationships with them can go a long way toward helping them feel secure.
  • Young boy sitting close between man and woman at a table with a teacher sitting across from them holding a pen with an open notebook

    Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

    Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
  • Teenage girl working on school work with her laptop on her bed

    3 Keys to a Better 2020–21

    In response to the upheaval of the pandemic, researchers and the leaders of over 100 schools focused on three fundamental areas of education, whether it’s in person or virtual.
  • Illustration concept for reflecting on the school year while looking ahead

    Reflections—and Lessons Learned—From Remote Learning

    Experiences during remote learning inspire a teacher to reconsider—and refresh—her curriculum for the fall.
  • SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

    SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
  • Woman on video call at home

    Use Live Class Time to Center Relationships

    By delivering content to students working at home, teachers can save live classes for what’s most important—the personal interactions that solidify learning.
  • Young girl participating in class video chat during distance learning

    Establishing Routines for Remote Learning

    Teaching students how to interact online helps ensure a good experience for both students and teachers.
  • Photograph of a student recording another student with a smart phone.

    Breaking the Ice With Student-Made Videos

    Combining the six-word memoir with a film containing six shots gives students a way to introduce themselves at the beginning of the year.

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