In anticipation of the 2020–21 school year, states have been creating and updating guidance for district and school reopening plans. Several trends emerge.
If online learning is not designed with early childhood in mind, many children will not be able to build a strong foundation for their education and will fail to establish the structure and routines that learning requires.
Power of the Question
The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated gaps implementing online learning effectively for all students. State boards can ask questions to better assess technology use in their states.
Turnaround for Children's Pamela Cantor, MD, and Nora Gomperts explain how a challenging moment in our history can be an opportunity to embrace an integrated approach to learning and development using whole-child design principles.
To reopen schools, they need to be clean and safe for students, educators, and staff. What state leaders need to consider as they issue guidance for schools.
Early education and child care centers both large and small are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. State boards can play an important role in supporting them during this difficult time.
NASBE urges Congress to increase education funding to help states respond to COVID-19.
States are issuing guidance with an eye toward equity to help schools implement continuous learning for all students and adapt to a variety of needs and circumstances amidst widespread school closures from COVID-19.