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Weekly Updates from A+ Education Partnership

How will the Alabama State Department of Education be spending its allocation of federal COVID relief from the American Rescue Plan (ARP)? Read the second installment of our new series, COVID School Spending, to learn more about the state's plan.

Missed the first installment breaking down how all ESSER and ARP money can be used by states? Click here to read it.

This Week at A+

> A+ College Ready News: A+ College Ready completed its third Regional Administrator Training this week at Geneva Middle School. We appreciate all of the work of our schools’ instructional leaders. We were served a delicious lunch by Geneva High School’s FCCLA.

> The Alabama Best Practices Center: Read about 5 of the big ideas on active listening from "Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection" by Ximena Vengoechea in our latest Professional Learning Blog! Click here.



COVID School Spending: Summarizing Alabama's State Plan
(written by Charity Gardner, A+ Education Partnership, September 23)

COVID School Spending: A Series on Investing for Student Success
(A+ Education Partnership, September 16)

Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine Works in Kids Ages 5-11
(written by Lauren Neergaard (AP), AL Daily News, September 20)

Lawsuit to Stop Cullman Schools from Promoting COVID Masks, Vaccines Dismissed
(written by Tyler Haynes (Cullman Times),, September 23) 

How Alabama Schools are Battling Food Shortages
(written by Savannah Tyrens-Fernandes,, September 19)

Five Alabama Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Award
(written by Trisha Powell Crain,, September 21)

Slow Internet? Alabama Wants to Hear from You
(Leada Gore,, September 21)


Brief: What Educators Can Do to Help Students Boost Focus in Returns to In-Person Learning
(written by Lauren Barack, Education Dive, September 22)

What do School Districts Credit with Successful Pandemic Pivots?
(written by Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive, September 20)

National Poll: Parents Want to Rethink Education Amid Pandemic Recovery
(Data by Beacon Research for the Walton Family Foundation, August 2021)

Charter Schools Saw Highest Enrollment Since 2015 During Pandemic, Survey Shows
 (written by Linda Jacobsen, The 74, September 22)

As the Culture War Engulfs Their Schools, Kids Say Adults Aren't Listening to Them at All
(written by Gail Cornwall, Salon, September 19)

How Can Schools in Cities Keep Students Safe Amid Uptick in Gun Violence?
(written by Katie Navarra, Education Dive, September 22)



We Know Students are Struggling with their Mental Health. Here's How You Can Help
(written by Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, September 17)

Teacher View: Kids Need Us to Spend Class Time on Tests as We Recover from the Pandemic
(written by Carlotta Pope and Paula L. White, The 74, September 24)

Why We Would be Wrong to Believe that Education Won't be Transformed Forever
(from The EdTrust ExtraOrdinary Districts Podcast, 31 minutes, August 2020)

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