Signs of hope, actions for change

By Denise Glyn Borders and Wendy Robinson
April 2021
We see signs of spring all around us and, along with the change in season, several reasons for hope for educators and students. After weathering a punishing 2020, we are cautiously optimistic for better conditions for our students, educators, and communities. More citizens are receiving COVID-19 vaccines by the day in the U.S., with an encouraging trajectory for the rest of the year. Many states — although sadly not all — have prioritized vaccinations for educators, hand in hand with more schools resuming in-person instruction and other essential services. The Biden administration signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes funding for schools through the almost $123 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Money will be allocated to provide

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Learning Forward President and CEO Denise Glyn Borders served as president of SRI Education, a division at SRI International, where she led three centers – Learning and Development, Technology and Learning, and Education Policy. Previously, Borders was senior vice president and director of the U.S. Education and Workforce Development Group at FHI 360, a global human development organization with an evidence-based research approach.

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Wendy Robinson was superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools in Indiana from 2003 to 2020 and worked in that district for 47 years. She became president of the Learning Forward board of trustees in December 2020. 

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