With classes back in session, experts say the quest to reimagine teaching and learning – which was urged during the pandemic – has resulted in modest changes like greater use of technology and tutoring. Some alternatives, such as virtual schooling and microschools, still attract supporters. And districts have started to give more attention to the mental health needs of students and teachers.
But the prolonged difficulties of navigating COVID-19 protocols, and the additional scrutiny of teachers because of culture wars, has left many educators and families exhausted and longing to return to normal. Those who want to see greater changes say that innovation, at least in the current education landscape, will take more time and persistence.
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