Education Re-Entry: Getting Ready for School 2021-2022

Published: September 29, 2021 - 89 Pages

Table of Contents

  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Academic Impact
    • Introduction
    • Mounting Evidence of Learning Loss
    • Results Vary By Demographic Group, Subject Area, and Learning Model
    • Classroom Grades Mirror Test Results
      • Table Reasons Behind Learning Loss
    • Reasons for Learning Loss
    • Struggles in Special Education
    • The Teacher's Perspective
      • Table Positives Emerging from Pandemic
    • Pandemic Positives
    • Strategies for Addressing Learning Loss
      • Table Learning Loss Strategies
    • Acceleration vs. Remediation
    • The Importance of Testing
    • Extended Time
    • Small-Group Tutoring
    • Challenges of Collaboration
    • The Educational Materials Landscape
    • Thinking Long-Term
  • Social-Emotional Issues at the Forefront
    • Introduction
    • Anxiety, Depression, and Isolation
    • Behavioral Concerns
    • Family and Societal Issues Impact the Classroom
    • Addressing Social-Emotional Challenges
      • Comfort, Community, and Connection
      • Communication and Connection
      • The Role of Counselors
      • Attending to Families and Teachers
    • Taking Time for Social-Emotional Learning
  • Acceleration of Technology Use
    • Introduction
    • The Transition to Remote Learning
      • Expansion of Devices
      • Looking Ahead
    • Proliferation of Virtual Learning Options
      • Management Considerations
      • Politics and Virtual Learning in the Short Term
    • Technology in the Classroom
      • Future Potential
      • Challenges and Policy Changes
  • Safety and the School Environment
    • Introduction
    • Uncertainty Continues in Fall 2021-2022
      • Immediate Outbreaks
      • Following CDC Guidelines
      • Politics Causes Disruptions
      • What Are Districts Doing?
    • Steps Toward Safety in the Classroom
      • Physical Distancing
      • Cleanliness Top of Mind
      • Capital Expenditures Continue
  • Impact on Educators
    • Introduction
    • Stresses on Teachers
      • Changing Roles
    • Attrition and Turnover
      • Hiring Challenges
    • Providing Support to Teachers
  • Budgets and Financing
    • Introduction
    • Federal and State Funding
      • CARES Act
      • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
      • American Rescue Plan
      • Other Federal Funding
      • State Funding
      • Avoiding a Funding Cliff
    • Enrollment Trends
    • Impact of the Pandemic on Budgets
    • Spending Priorities
      • Early Focus
      • Changing Priorities
      • The Cost of Safety
  • Case Studies
    • Introduction
    • Elmbrook (WI) Schools: Staying Prepared for Anything
      • Safety Strategies
      • Academic Concerns
      • Social-Emotional Turmoil
      • Federal Relief Priorities
    • Dundee (MI) Community Schools: Getting Rural Students the Technology They Need
      • Safety First
      • Addressing Student Needs
      • Relief Spending
    • Wissahickon (PA) School District: Finding Ways to Create Community
      • Collaboration in the COVID Classroom
    • Paramus (NJ) School District: Dealing with Emotions in the Classroom
  • Looking Ahead
    • Introduction
    • Continued Uncertainty
      • Post-Pandemic Challenges
      • Positive Impacts
    • Market Opportunities


Education Re-Entry: Getting Ready for School 2021-2022

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Education Re-Entry: Getting Ready for School 2021-2022 examines the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 school districts in the United States, including trends and strategies to keep students safe, reverse learning loss, and address social-emotional issues in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.

The report is organized into eight chapters that focus on the pandemic’s impact on: academic, social-emotional issues for students and teachers, acceleration of technology use, health and safety in schools, impacts on educators, and budgets and financing.

Additionally, the report examines the positive impacts and market opportunities engendered by the pandemic and provides case studies of how four districts dealt with the pandemic and how they are moving forward.

Addressing learning loss leads a list of priorities for schools, but the focus is on acceleration as well as catching up. And while schools are prioritizing issues, districts and educators are capitalizing on what they learned about using technology since March 2020 and are translating that knowledge into effective use of technology to support classroom learning.

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