Welcome back. It’s week 38 of our new education reality and we hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break.
It is clear that the next few months are going to be particularly hard on America’s students, teachers and families. This is a moment to double down on doing everything we can to adapt our education system to put the needs of kids first.
“Some teachers’ unions have refused to return to buildings until the virus abates, ostracizing colleagues who dare break with them,” writes Erica Green in a powerful new article for the New York Times. “On the other hand, the country’s most vulnerable children have sustained severe academic and social harm from the remote-learning experiment. Parents, navigating their own economic and work struggles, are increasingly desperate.”
Last time in the New Reality Roundup we looked at the results of 2020 state and local elections across the country and heard from some of 50CAN’s local leaders on their policy priorities to address the immediate needs of families.
This week we focus on two ways that our schools can maximize learning in the coming months: improve the way we are engaging with students through distance learning and prioritize making in-person instruction accessible for the students who need it most.Read More