April 2020

Positive Impacts of the New Normal and Making Them Stick

Positive Impacts of the New Normal and Making Them Stick

I’m hoping things will be back to normal someday.”

 

Nine-year-old Sasha’s reflection in the New York Times echoes sentiments from many students, parents, and educators seeking a return to normalcy during the coronavirus pandemic. With thousands of public and private schools in the U.S. shuttering their doors, many schools transitioned to alternative operations seemingly overnight. “This has pushed us to adapt very quickly, and whether it’s mindset, disposition, or just resources, not everyone has been able to make the switch successfully,” Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Bridget Terry Long commented in a recent interview with The Brookings Institution. How schools and school systems are failing to meet the needs of millions of U.S. students during the pandemic currently dominates conversations in the education sector.

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