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May 21, 2020

Webinar: A Deeper Dive Into How Educator Preparation Programs Are Adapting During COVID-19

Hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Educator Preparation Laboratory, an initiative of the Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education

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Teacher and leader preparation programs continue to adapt how they prepare their candidates during the COVID-19 shutdown and in anticipation of a very different future for teaching and learning.

Now, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to equip future teachers and leaders to effectively support students’ academic and social and emotional needs. What does educator preparation look like in our new reality and in the uncertain future of schools reopening with guidelines around social distancing and keeping staff and students safe?

The Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) addressed this issue in a new webinar on May 21st as a follow up to a recent, highly popular webinar on the same subject. This sequel dug deeper into the critical topics impacting teacher and leader preparation programs across the nation and address many of the questions raised by participants in the initial webinar.

The five educator preparation program leaders from the first webinar, went into more detail on how their programs are adapting and innovating during this pandemic. And they continued to explore pressing questions around teacher and leader preparation during the COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • How are programs approaching short and long term planning for the summer and fall semesters?
  • How are institutions continuing to center equity in teacher and leader preparation during this time?
  • How are programs infusing social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices in their work with candidates?


  • Rebecca Cheung, Director, Principal Leadership Institute, University of California, Berkeley
  • Annamarie M. Francois, Executive Director, Center X, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Maria E. Hyler, Deputy Director, Washington DC office and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Director, EdPrepLab
  • Ira Lit, Associate Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director of the Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University
  • Kathy Schultz, Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

The EdPrepLab initiative was developed by the Learning Policy Institute in partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education to strengthen educator preparation in the United States by building the collaborative capacity of preparation programs, school districts, and state policymakers. Linking research, policy, and practice, EdPrepLab supports preparation programs that are equity-focused, student-centered, and grounded in the science of learning and development, and seeks to expand these approaches systemwide. Learn more >