As COVID-19 upended U.S. school frameworks and students and families dealt with remote learning, loss, and uncertainty to varying degrees, there have been calls from leaders and experts that schools cannot simply go back to business as usual. Yet, there’s also recognition that leaders will need to lay out practical, individualized plans and practices for the way forward in the fall and beyond. In the midst of responding to a health crisis, educators are also confronting a crisis in racial equity that has long infected our schools and communities.
That’s why ASCD Express newsletter, ASCD’s free email resource distributed twice a month, is adjusting its format in the coming months to be more responsive to the current challenges educators are facing as the new school year unfolds and the promising practices they are applying to reopen and re-envision teaching and learning at the district, school, and classroom level. What operational changes are you implementing to ensure student health? Which strategies for remote learning are working and which haven’t? How are you championing courageous conversations—and actions—toward racial justice? What will your trauma-informed approach look like in the fall?
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Editor’s note: Title has been updated to reflect that schools will still be living with the pandemic in the fall.