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From Crisis to Recovery: Preparing for Fall and the Long Road Ahead

Meeting 44
June 24-25, 2021

This convening comes at an important time of transition, as districts pivot from confronting the wave of pandemic-induced crises to navigating the long road to recovery. Opportunities for in-person classroom instruction have expanded substantially since we last met, vaccination efforts have enabled the relaxation of many health-related restrictions, and recovery funds from the federal and state governments are introducing much-needed resources into school systems. Despite these reasons for optimism, we recognize the enormity of the challenges facing our students, families, educators, and school systems—many of which have been the subject of our recent deliberations. These challenges have both immediate manifestations tied to the pandemic conditions and deep roots within our schools and communities. Borrowing a lens from Education Resource Strategies and focusing on specific issues raised by our district leaders, we will thus explore what districts are building from, what they are doing now, and what they are building toward as they seek to disrupt deep-seated inequities and build more effective school systems for all students.

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