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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.

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

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 will consist of four sessions across two days. Each session is designed to address a major challenge area that districts must navigate as they develop their back-to-school plans during the coronavirus pandemic.… Read More