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.


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 »


March 04 - 05, 2021
**Perry, M., Khalilnaji-Otto, N., & Brackenridge, K. (2018). Summer learning – A smart investment for California school districts. Policy Analysis for California Education. Available at Read more »
March 04 - 05, 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 continued... Read more »
March 04 - 05, 2021
Zhou, T., Molfino, T., & Travers, J. (2021, January 13). The cost of COVID: Understanding the full financial impact of COVID-19 on districts and schools. Education Resource Strategies. Available at Read more »
March 04 - 05, 2021
**Kuhfeld, M., Tarasawa, B., Johnson, A., Ruzek, E., & Lewis, K. (2020, November). Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth. NWEA. Available at Read more »
December 02 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 04 2020
Meeting 41 June 15-16, 2020  By forcing the suspension of in-person learning across California, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the conditions in which teaching and learning take place. As districts reopen schools for the 2020... Read more »


July 2016
Collaborative Examines Approaches to Advancing Equity in Short-Term Response to Crisis and in the Long-Term Work of Schools and Districts February 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed persistent and widening disparities among students,... Read more »