Millions of students, families, and educators are suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those already underserved. As educators and policymakers address the current crisis, there is also an opportunity to implement evidence-based, equity-focused approaches to education and to rebuild systems to strengthen learning opportunities for all students.

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The COVID-19 crisis has widened gaping inequities within the American education system, disproportionately harming students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and other at-risk students, as well as the educators and communities who support them. Amidst the turmoil, it is clear that education cannot return to business-as-usual.

Yet there is reason to hope. This time of disruption offers policymakers and educators an opportunity to reinvent education systems that are evidence-based and equity-focused. These approaches can both address the current crisis and build long-term systems capacity.

The Learning Policy Institute is providing research-based strategies and other resources to support states, districts, and schools in the areas of:

  • Addressing existing inequities exacerbated by the pandemic
  • Protecting the health and safety of students, educators, and families
  • Identifying policy opportunities for federal and state leaders
  • Implementing more adequate and equitable uses of funding
  • Providing educator workforce supports
  • Reopening and reinventing schools

Regardless of the approach taken to instruction or the medium through which school takes place—online, in person, or a hybrid— these resources support policymakers and educators seeking strategies that ensure all children can participate in supportive and meaningful learning experiences, during and after COVID.

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