Experts Find Promising Reopening Actions By Districts
As school districts across the country braced themselves for the immensely complicated task of preparing reopening and recovery plans amid a global pandemic, the Collaborative for Student Success and the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) convened experts in emergency planning, health and safety, parent and family advocacy, special education, and school district and state leadership to review school districts’ plans to educate students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brief presents practices that the review panel identified as particularly strong and replicable. We hope that by highlighting promising practices early in the new school year, other district and state leaders may have an opportunity to identify and reproduce those that best serve their needs and help foster an environment where teachers and students can succeed.
Over 100 districts were considered and 20 were selected for panelist review based on their level of comprehension, geographic representation, and variation in size. Using a rubric designed by the Collaborative and CRPE to support district officials, panelists reviewed reopening plans, as well as online communications and resources.
About the Collaborative for Student Success
At our core, we believe leaders at all levels have a role to play in ensuring success for K-12 students. From ensuring schools and teachers are equipped with the best materials to spotlighting the innovative and bold ways federal recovery dollars are being used to drive needed changes, the Collaborative for Student Success aims to inform and amplify policies making a difference for students and families.
To recover from the most disruptive event in the history of American public schools, states and districts are leveraging unprecedented resources to make sure classrooms are safe for learning, providing students and teachers with the high-quality instructional materials they deserve, and are rethinking how best to measure learning so supports are targeted where they’re needed most.