When Principal Lourenco Garcia set out to transform Revere High School, he focused on structure. Revere, MA, about five miles northeast of Boston, is home to a large international population, with almost one-third of residents in 2010 identified as foreign-born in the U.S. Census. Garcia’s goal was a transformation. One key to the school’s future, he knew, would be making sure that his students were prepared for the 21st century with the technology skills they needed to succeed. He wanted to support a culture shift, and first he looked at structure.
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In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic….
Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having…