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Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Design for Educational Equity

When Access Isn’t Equal: How the Pandemic Amplified Our Nation’s Equity Gaps


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COVID-19 transformed our discussions about equity and supporting our nation’s most vulnerable students. With the large-scale shift to online learning, educators have had many questions, but one that has frequently risen to the top is equity. This topic has also emerged front and center as one of the challenges districts face to support remote learning programs. Join us to discuss strategies, resources, and lessons learned on how to ensure remote learning programs support educational equity.

Learning Outcomes:

  • During this conversation, education experts will discuss the issue of equity pre- and post-pandemic onset, including how educators define equity
  • Insights that emerged from the rapid shift to remote learning and the opportunities this shift has created for equity in education
  • An understanding of strategies and resources on how to ensure remote learning programs support educational equity


  • Dr. Sean Smith, Special Education Professor, University of Kansas
  • Kelsey Ortiz, Researcher, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
  • Raymond Rose, Chair, Public Policy Committee, Texas Distance Learning Association
  • Jean Sharp, Board Member, Digital Learning Collaborative