How is the Pandemic Hurting Student Learning?

Not only is the pandemic creating anxiety and uncertainty for all students, impairing their ability to learn, it is keeping many students away from school and the services that they need to make progress. Unfortunately, we know that the students who were already underserved and behind, prior to the pandemic, are the same students who are least likely to be getting robust instruction as schools reopen. Communities of color are doubly impacted by both the virus and government’s response to the reopening of schools. If states and school districts do not take drastic action by doubling down on resources directed at the most vulnerable students, we can expect the achievement gap to grow in an astronomical way that will have profound effects for many, many years.

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

— Stephen Covey is dedicated to improving organizational effectiveness through equity, focusing on education, health care, and government.

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