Month: July 2021

Legislature’s Ham-Fisted Approach to Giving Students Independent Study Options

At first glance, California’s latest education funding bill is fair and equitable. The requirement for school districts to provide independent study programs that parents want for their children is a good one. But unsurprisingly, the legislature’s proposed implementation is clumsy at best. The trailer bill increases the minimum in-person instruction time that many students and […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

Schools Need More Personalized Learning to Overcome Pandemic Learning Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that we need to change how we deliver education to keep students learning. We quickly learned that the traditional factory style education that has been the status quo for decades doesn’t work for every student. Preventing and recovering dropouts, then helping them graduate with life skills and […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

When Bullying Turns Physical, There Can Be Lifelong Disabilities

Verbal bullying can be frightening, painful and traumatic – but when it turns physical, the harm can be devastating. Michaela M. was a target of bullies at her previous high school where she was shoved, cornered and threatened. Then one day in PE class, a student threw a basketball hard against her head, leaving her […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

How Will We Close the Achievement Gap if We Don’t Close the Discipline Gap?

Learn4Life’s school suspension rates are low because symptoms of trauma are treated with additional supports, not as a disciplinary issue LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2021) – While student suspensions have decreased slightly in recent years, there still are too many kids losing valuable school days, especially students of color who are suspended at much higher […]

Written by on July 12, 2021