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Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation

Learning in the Time of Coronavirus: District Leaders on Managing Change, Maintaining High-Quality Learning for All, and Innovating for Future Success


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School closures due to COVID-19 have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. schools and affected at least 55.1 million students, according to Education Week. For weeks now, school leaders have been grappling with delivering high-quality remote learning experiences that are tailored to the individual needs of their communities, ensuring safety, increasing access, and confronting the calculus of reopening school buildings once shutdown orders are lifted.

Some districts, who have been on the journey to innovating for anytime, anywhere learning, were well-positioned to trigger long-held and well-practiced continuity of learning plans. This preparedness enabled them to switch from in-person to remote learning in as little as 24 hours in some cases.

You are invited to a conversation with district leaders who will share their response strategies, policies, and lessons learned. In addition, we will discuss the underlying changes needed to ensure an education system that is equitable and resilient to this ongoing crisis and an unpredictable future.

Learning Objectives:

  • High-quality learning models that pivot from inside the traditional classroom to outside
  • Best practices from districts that have successfully implemented remote learning and transition planning
  • The elements of a school system ready for anytime, anywhere learning that is based on the science of how students learn best
  • Modernized professional learning to equip educators for time- and place-independent learning models
  • Shifting to competency-based learning models that allow students to progress by demonstrating mastery of standards
  • Effective communication with educators, parents, students, and community members
  • Creating demand in communities to transform K-12 teaching and learning to a system that is not vulnerable to unpredictable emergencies

 On June 24, 2020, we hosted a much-needed dialogue with panelists:

Tom Rooney, Pat Deklotz, and Susan Patrick