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Continuing Learning and a Safe Reopening

Lessons From Educators

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to K-12 education. Over the past year, schools have closed, educators and students have navigated a move to virtual learning, and educational inequities have been exposed and exacerbated. As the pandemic continues and the country begins to look to recovery, it will be essential to listen to the voices of the educators affected by this disruption in order to understand their experiences and the support they need in the transition back to in-person learning.

Please join the Center for American Progress and educators from the #WeBuildEDU campaign to discuss their experiences during the pandemic; address best practices for reopening schools in a way that keeps students and educators safe; and examine ways to ensure learning growth after the pandemic without placing unnecessary burdens on students and educators. #WeBuildEDU is a storytelling campaign from the Center for American Progress and EduColor that seeks to amplify the voices of educators who are Black, Indigenous, and other non-Black people of color (BIPOC) who work with students every day—from the bus driver, office manager, and cafeteria team to teachers, school leaders, and counselors.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for the distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #QualityEdChat. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Introductory remarks:
Bayliss Fiddiman, Associate Director for K-12 Education, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:
Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association
Rodney Robinson, 2019 Teacher of the Year and Senior Policy Advisor, Richmond Public Schools

Panelists:
Bavu Blakes, Scholar Emcee
Christina Setzer, Early Childhood Educator
Juanita Valdez, Assistant Principal, Boulder, CO
José Vilson, Executive Director, EduColor

Moderator:
Khalilah M. Harris, Acting Vice President for K-12 Education, Center for American Progress