BOE candidates asked about teacher retention, 21st century skills | Education

Most candidates running for Washington County Board of Education seats agree that online distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will help students meet an uncertain future.

In the spring, students met the challenges of going from in-person to virtual learning, the candidates said during a Thursday forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washington County.

The candidates said students continue to meet those challenges.

“We’re experiencing it now because we’ve had to make a major shift due to COVID,” incumbent board member Pieter Bickford said. “It wasn’t perfect in the spring, but we’ve certainly made some major improvements in the fall. I think we’re going to see some benefits once schools get back to normal. The things we’re doing today will never change.”

The seven candidates running in the Nov. 3 election for four open seats on the school board shared their views on several subjects during the

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We asked 21 of N.J.’s best teachers for advice on navigating the school year

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators.

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A collage of N.J.’s County Teachers of the Year.

The start of the school year always brings anxiety for families and educators. This fall, add in plexiglass shields, temperature stations and marathon Zoom sessions and you’ll quickly understand why parents and students may be nervous.

That’s why we’ve called in the experts.

In August, the New Jersey Department of Education crowned 21 teachers of the year, one from each county. We spoke with all 21, the best educators across the state, and asked them to answer common questions, from how they prepared for an unprecedented school year, to their tips for families on navigating the new normal in education.

The teachers of the year vary greatly in their disciplines and background, with some who instruct physical education,

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