District Approaches to Instruction During the Pandemic: A Dialogue

Teacher with iPad and students

On July 21, 2022, AIR presented the first session of the COVID-19 and Equity in Education (CEE) initiative’s Research Spotlight series. Dr. Jordan Rickles, a principal researcher at AIR, shared an overview of research findings from the National Survey of Public Education’s Response to COVID-19, which was launched at the end of January 2021 to better understand public school district experiences in 2020–21. The findings highlight disparities in educational opportunities that may have lasting effects on student outcomes including academic achievement and social emotional wellbeing.

Dr. Rickles also shared the many resources available on this study and highlight the prevalence of in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Participants responded to these findings through a facilitated dialogue.

About the Series

Starting in July 2022, this four-part summer webinar series focuses on creating a space for dialogue among researchers, education leaders, and policymakers to learn from our collective experience in the K-12 education system, specifically in the context of COVID-19 and issues related to equity.

About the COVID-19 and Equity in Education Initiative

CEE is jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and AIR’s Equity Initiative. The CEE initiative is creating a broad, in-depth view of how states, districts, and their communities—especially those with higher percentages of Black and Latino students and/or students experiencing poverty—responded to the pandemic's effect on K-12 learning opportunities. The aim is to understand not just community responses to the pandemic, but how the pandemic has changed core assumptions about how the education system operates in the context of community.

Accessibility: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please indicate your needs when you register or contact Carol Felicio.

Event Information

July 21, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Jordan Rickles
Principal Researcher