The past two-and-a-half years have posed incredible challenges for children, educators, families and all who are committed to advancing early school success for children in economically challenged families. When schools and early learning centers closed in service of public health, children were cut off from teachers, friends and all the supports and services delivered through schools, including nutrition, nursing services and much more. In the face of these overwhelming challenges, state and local leaders have crafted innovative approaches to slow, stop and reverse learning loss and spur equitable learning recovery. The “bright spots and silver linings” that have emerged, with sustained investment and action, can drive transformative change for years to come.
Join us on Tuesday, July 19, 3−4:30 p.m. ET, as I moderate a conversation with four exceptional national leaders: Jean-Claude Brizard of Digital Promise; Yolie Flores of Building a Parent Nation at University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health; Jacqueline Jones, Ph.D., of Foundation for Child Development; and Susanna Loeb, Ph.D., of Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Together, we will acknowledge the challenges before us while lifting up and exploring several pandemic-driven developments that can contribute to a better “new normal” for children and families.