As colleges across the country look toward the fall semester, they must also prepare to gauge the extent of—and respond to—the "learning loss" that incoming and returning students experienced during the pandemic.
This episode of The Key explores how professors and staff members who work with students might go about understanding which students have been set back—and in what ways—and how to get them back on track.
It takes courage to enter a space where you’re not sure you belong. That’s the kind of threshold that Black men training to become educators have to cross many times. They make up only 2 percent of U.S. public school teachers (men overall compose 24 percent). They’re also underrepresented in college teacher-preparation programs.
An innovative leadership development program known as "Call Me MISTER" aims to change those statistics as it builds the next generation of Black male teachers.
Millions of parents, mostly mothers, have stopped working for pay because of the pandemic child-care crisis.
But for many more who have held on to their jobs, child-care demands have also affected their careers, often in less visible ways. They have worked fewer hours, declined assignments or decided not to take a promotion or pursue a new job.
The Biden administration has made equity a central goal, including in education where long-standing disparities have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Studies show students of color and those from rural areas have struggled the most with remote learning over the past year.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona discusses the policies and practices that can help students, teachers, and families as schools reopen again this fall.