Decision-Making amid Uncertainty: District Responses to COVID and Systemic Racism

Decision-Making amid Uncertainty: District Responses to COVID and Systemic Racism

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This paper summarizes findings from interviews conducted with 17 experts about school districts and charter networks that made a relatively successful pivot to remote teaching and learning in spring 2020, particularly for low-income students and students of color. Interviewees were asked to identify the core capacities that enabled a smooth transition to help surface lessons for states, districts, and schools. Working to collect more detailed and consistent data across multiple sites will be important moving forward. Understanding how to deliver high-quality teaching and learning at scale — particularly for the most vulnerable students — remains vital. Carnegie Corporation of New York is committed to sharing what its grantees are learning with the field to contribute to that conversation.

Program: Education