Let's Learn Together
Our usual ways of doing school have been disrupted in response to COVID-19, shining a glaring spotlight on longstanding inequities within our systems. Around the world, communities are coming together to challenge the deep structural racism that exists within our justice system and society at large, including our school systems. We live in a moment of great potential; we can and must use this disruption to the status quo to catalyze transformation. Together, let’s reimagine schools as sites for justice, well-being, and connection.
We've identified three important foci for the coming school year. Throughout the fall, we'll continue to share new resources and learning opportunities that can help us create more just schools, engage students in meaningful learning online and at home, and support students' social and emotional well-being.
Reenvisioning Education for Enacting Justice: Rather than seeking to return to "normal," let's leverage the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to build more just schools. We must dismantle the processes, policies, and practices that uphold racism within our educational systems and build new structures that center the voices of families and communities.
Teaching & Learning Online and at Home: This fall, many schools will continue to operate online or using hybrid formats. Let's work together to overcome technological challenges and create meaningful learning opportunities that foster connection and values children's home- and community-based knowledge.
Supporting Students’ Social Emotional Needs: Students, families, educators, and leaders are all coping with additional stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing systemic racism adds an addition layer to this crisis. This fall, we'll need to prioritize social and emotional well-being, relationships, and connectedness more than ever.