Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Major Challenges to U.S. Students and Teachers—and Exacerbates Existing Education Inequities A plan for relief, recovery, and rebuilding – Sep 16

Posted by Economic Policy Institute on September 15, 2020

As students return to school, whether virtual or in class, there is more we need to understand and think through if we are to meet the COVID-19 crisis head on and deal with the consequences of the interruption and disruptions to learning that the pandemic has imposed on the education system.

According to a recently released report from the Economic Policy Institute – COVID-19 and student performance, equity, and U.S. education policyLessons from pre-pandemic research to inform relief, recovery, and rebuilding – it will be critical to identify:

  • which students are struggling most and how much learning and development they have lost out on,
  • which factors are impeding their learning, and which ones are preventing teachers from teaching these children,
  • and which investments must be made to address the negative consequences of COVID-19 on education performance and equity and to rebuild stronger.

EPI’s report offers insights on what to expect based on research into a host of factors leading to disruptions in learning, including summer learning losses and chronic absenteeism, as well as education in other emergencies. The report draws on the reviews to offer a three-pronged plan for schools and the U.S. education system: immediate relief, short-term recovery, and long-term rebuilding.

Join us for a discussion, including opening remarks from Randi Weingarten, the president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, about the state of COVID-19 and education and what needs to be done now to support educators and mitigate the damage to student performance, especially the most vulnerable children.

Date and Time: September 16, 2020, 4:00 PM

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