When schools shut down last March, parents suddenly became tutors and teachers. Schools, no longer able to send information home in backpacks, had to find new ways of communicating. These developments accelerated an appreciation of family engagement to a degree hard to imagine a year ago.
Though the pandemic seems to be coming to its long-awaited conclusion, the months ahead are going to be daunting, Here's how foundations can help as school systems face the dual challenges of learning recovery and acceleration, while supporting students’ academic and socioemotional needs.
COVID-19 posed incredible challenges to our education system, but within those challenges came opportunities for growth and improvement. This piece focuses on what worked during COVID, and the importance of keeping high expectations, high-quality instructional materials, and choice and flexibility in a post-pandemic world.
As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in 2021, we reflect on educators' roles pre-COVID, and three themes that have emerged over the past year that we see continuing in a post-pandemic world.
Op-Ed: How Education Funders Can Support Nonprofits and Schools Differently to Keep Students Learning During and After COVID-19
In a time of decreased budgets and increased need, education funders play a critical role in encouraging nonprofit leaders to stay focused on impact. This piece offers actionable ways foundations and funders can support nonprofits in additon to funding, and spotlights two organizations who have been nimble and responsive during COVID.
Re-Envisioning "Innovative Schools" for 2021: Why We’re Investing Deeper in Tech-Enabled Learning Solutions
Over the past year, the Innovative Schools portfolio has increased its confidence in the ability of tech-enabled interventions to meet and measurably impact ever-growing needs for students across the country. Read more about our redefined strategy, and why we're focusing on leveraging technology to create and support student-centered, evidence-based K-9 learning solutions.
A look back on what we've seen and learned as a Foundation over the past 12 months, with a particular emphasis on the work our grantees have done to ensure that children, families, and educators had as much support as possible given the barriers to learning in 2020.
Out-of-School STEM During a Pandemic: An Interview with Leaders from FIRST, Learn Fresh, and Girlstart
We caught up with leaders from FIRST, Learn Fresh, and Girlstart—three leading out-of-school STEM organizations—to find out how 2020 has affected their operations, plans, and future outlook.
When a school has high-quality working conditions like fair expectations and clear communication, teachers do better, even during challenging times.
In this op-ed, our Foundation's Vice President, Anu Malipatil, spotlights the incredible innovation our grantees have shown within the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. Much of this innovation incorporates technology, something that was previously a nice-to-have and is now a necessity.