We are now in week 16 of our new education reality. In our very first new reality email, we wrote, “Most experts estimate that developing a vaccine for COVID-19 will take 12 to 18 months or longer. That means we need to accept school disruptions as a new normal … In this new era, America’s students need advocates more than ever before.”
Much has changed in our country since that email in March, but the basic structure of this challenge continues. As several states see troubling surges in the number of new cases and hospitalizations, states and districts across the country continue to work on two fronts: planning for what schools will look like when they reopen in the fall and bringing needed systemic reforms to a bureaucracy that, like our criminal justice system, has consistently failed students of color.
Earlier this month, we took a deeper look at these similarities in a conversation I hosted with Derrell Bradford and examined districts and CMOs who have demonstrated early leadership and refused to fail, despite the challenges imposed by Covid-19. Derrell elaborated on points he made in that conversation during an interview last week with NBC.
This week in the New Reality Roundup, we focus on developing our collective understanding of how students will experience school this fall, as well as on innovative campaigns being run across the 50CAN network to ensure that our classroom and school leaders are as diverse as the children they serve.