Right now, millions of students across the country are experiencing learning loss and instability as a result of COVID-19 school closures. This moment is filled with stress and uncertainty as communities — including education leaders, advocates, educators, and families — are grappling with the immediate impacts of COVID-19 and face the very real fear of not knowing the longer-term impacts.
One thing that equity-minded education leaders and advocates do know with certainty is that the virus has illuminated existing longstanding inequities and further harmed our most vunerable communities and students. The recession we are entering will almost certainly do the same.
This puts schools, systems, and communities at a critical juncture. Together, as we turn toward planning for how to reopen schools, we have an imperative to do what we may not have been able to do before this health crisis: to mobilize the right combination of resources that create high-quality learning experiences and meet the distinct needs of every student — so that race, ethnicity, ability, language, family background, or zip code no longer predict a student’s life trajectory. As an education community, we have both the responsibility and the opportunity to respond to COVID-19 with a keen eye toward unlocking equity.
Our Alliance for Resource Equity team is currently working hard behind the scenes to develop guidance for policymakers, state and district leaders, and school communities navigating the challenging decisions that lay ahead. You can sign up for updates here.