Students will move forward post-pandemic if we help them become leaders in charge of their own learning


As we hopefully begin to emerge from the pandemic, we’re only starting to appreciate its full impact on our children’s lives, learning and futures.

The pandemic took the lives of hundreds of thousands of family members. It led to a troubling rise in mental health issues, a so-called second pandemic. And during periods of remote and hybrid instruction, academic progress for many students stalled, particularly for those who were already struggling.

Unfortunately, many students disengaged from learning entirely during this period. In Chicago Public Schools, for example, data shows that attendance dropped precipitously, especially among Black students. A quarter of the district’s lowest-income students stopped attending class all together.


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