Across the nation, young students, pre-school through 3rd grade, are experiencing transitions in their learning contexts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “School” may be in-person, at-home, on-line, or a hybrid of these arrangements. The school year likely began in one format and has shifted, once or multiple times, since then. School districts, elementary schools, and their early care and education (ECE) partners are striving to ease these transitions for students, families, teachers, and staff. Informed by research, this resource highlights strategies and includes crowd-sourced ideas from numerous districts across the country.
Education in a Pandemic: Learning from Illinois Students & Caregivers to Plan for the Road Ahead highlights the testimonies of more than 120 students, parents and caregivers from across Illinois as they share their experiences of remote, hybrid, and in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, coupled with specific suggestions from focus group participants, lend themselves to recommendations for state leaders planning for the learning recovery road ahead. Read the report to learn about our participants’ experiences and our policy recommendations.