What’s next for schools?

By Elizabeth Foster
October 2021
The study As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, educators, students, families, and community members are seeking ways to ensure students’ needs are met across a range of academic, social, and emotional considerations. They are also looking ahead to the future, recognizing there may be opportunity for innovation after the last 18 months reset expectations for teaching and learning and made us think differently about what students need to help them learn and thrive. Recent research by Justin Reich and Jal Mehta (2021) offers information, insights, and recommendations from students and teachers about ways to reinvent schools and improve learning environments for everyone’s benefit. Methodology In spring 2021, the researchers undertook three strategies to understand teachers’ and students’ reflections about the previous school year and their thoughts

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Reich, J. & Mehta, J. (2021, July 21). Healing, community, and humanity: How students and teachers want to reinvent schools post-COVID.

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