Volume 21, No. 2
If there is a seed of opportunity buried in every crisis, then there is a chance something good can emerge from the pandemic year of building closures, shifting schedules, and disruptions to school. With the aid of American Rescue Plan funds and enriched by lessons learned from teachers, leaders, students, and parents, state boards with a vision have a chance to remake their education systems. Or—if your vision already seemed powerful to you—to propel it more swiftly forward.
The authors in this issue should inspire state boards of education to take a fresh, post-pandemic look at their systems. The ideas themselves may not be new, but the stress test that schools faced over the last year casts new light on them.
Data about system performance will continue to lie at the heart of school improvement.
Pandemic or no, states ought to press for better technology for personalized learning and making staff and students safer.
State Policymakers can help clear away the rubble that impedes vibrant reform.
States are adopting a range of policies to personalize student learning and move away from seat-time rules.
Project-based learning tied to students' communities and interests readily makes the leap across modes of instruction.
Microcredentials embedded in effective learning systems can promote teacher growth, advancement, and retention.