As 2020 draws to a close, we continue to grapple with a traumatic pandemic. Schools across the country are challenged with making impossible decisions about how to best continue learning -- and results from the first semester indicate that while the fall has been less chaotic than the spring, the risks to student learning and wellbeing are just as high.
Students of color and students living in low-income communities, who were already underserved before the pandemic, are disproportionately affected by 2020’s disruptions. Whether it’s reliable access to fundamentals like internet, technology, or nutritious meals provided during the school day, or access to learning interventions that help students working to close learning gaps, or a myriad of other resources and supports, our most in-need students are bearing the brunt of the impact this pandemic has brought on schools and systems.
Now more than ever, the decisions made and actions taken by systems leaders are critical. The education sector needs strategic, equity-centered, and adaptive leaders at the systems-level to create the conditions necessary to learn and adapt.
The role EP plays to recruit, develop, and mobilize leaders for the education sector has never been more important:
- We are launching a new COVID Response Fellowship to bring pandemic-specific capacity to districts and charter networks;
- Our Impact and Summer Fellows were either directly assigned to projects addressing COVID needs or pivoted their work to respond to the crisis; and
- We build the capacity of adaptive and inclusive leaders, which is critically needed in this particular moment as we call upon systems to identify and disrupt practices that perpetuate inequality for the most marginalized students.
This is a crucial time, both for the education sector and for EP. We need your help.
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