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In 2020, school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the conditions in which students learn and experience schooling. Shifts in approaches to instruction and other student supports have required all members of our school communities to learn and adapt rapidly, but the negative effects of these changes have been most pronounced for those vulnerable students historically underserved by K-12 public education.

The Collaborative has been actively learning from emerging district strategies, connecting district leaders with one another, and elevating both concerns and promising practices as school systems strive to provide students with the high-quality learning environment they need and deserve.

February 2022

In November 2021, members of the California Collaborative on District Reform convened virtually for the fifth time since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the disruption of in-person learning in districts across the state. Meeting participants convened… Read More

January 2022

In the nearly 2 years since the SARS-CoV-2 virus burst on the American scene, more than 850,000 Americans have died, and elections have literally been won or lost on public officials’ positions and actions in response to COVID-19. Nowhere have the… Read More

October 2021

In June 2021, members of the California Collaborative on District Reform convened for the fourth time since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the disruption of in-person learning in districts across the state.  Although health concerns continue to … Read More

April 2021

A year after school closures and transitions to remote instruction, early evidence suggests that the negative effects of the pandemic on student learning have been greatest among our most vulnerable student populations. Although districts were… Read More

October 2020

A trio of crises—the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting financial instability, and racial injustice—has disrupted learning environments and the relationships, structures, and supports that students depend on to thrive. The consequences are far-reaching,… Read More

April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented conditions for K-12 teaching and learning, and education leaders everywhere are working quickly to make the best policy decisions possible. Knowing that the current context is dramatically different than… Read More

November 2021 - November 2021

Meeting 45
November 29-30, 2021 In some respects, this meeting marks progress toward a semblance of normalcy, as districts across the state have offered full-time in-person instruction since school resumed in August. Nevertheless, the… Read More

June 2021 - June 2021

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… Read More

March 2021 - March 2021

Meeting 43
March 4-5, 2021 We meet in a time of great hope, as the availability of vaccines offers a response to the disruption and destruction that COVID-19 has wreaked on our families and communities. We also meet in the context of… Read More

December 2020 - December 2020

Meeting 42
December 2-3, 2020  The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed persistent and widening disparities among students, families, and communities with respect to health and safety, financial security, and access to high-quality learning… Read More

June 2020

Meeting 41 This virtual meeting consisted of four sessions across two days. Each session addressed a major challenge area that districts needed to navigate as they developed their back-to-school plans during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the… Read More