COVID-19 and Equity in Education Webinar Series

Starting in the summer of 2022, the COVID-19 and Equity in Education (CEE) initiative began a webinar series focusing 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.

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.

Homelessness in the Time of COVID-19: Student Experiences in New York and Texas

In the first webinar of the second series, researchers Kathryn Hill and Meredith Richards, from the NYC Schools Research Alliance and the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, respectively, shared research findings related to students experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers contrasted the contextual issues in New York and Texas for students experiencing homelessness.


Research-Practice Partnerships That Inform Student Outcomes During COVID-19: A Discussion with the Houston Education Research Consortium

In the third webinar of the first series, researchers from the Houston Education Research Consortium, Donna Summers and Daniel Potter, shared how a research-practice partnership between Rice University and a Houston area public school district pivoted to address the immediate needs of the district at the onset of the pandemic.


“Everything Just Feels So Much Harder”: Student Responses to COVID-19 from Florida’s Deep Dive Study

In this second webinar, researchers from the Lastinger Center for Learning and College of Education at the University of Florida shared an overview of research findings from the COVID-19 Deep Dive Study in Florida.

The team collected over 5,000 surveys and conducted over 50 interviews with families, students, and educators in four school districts in Florida to contextualize their real-time educational experiences during the 2020–2021 school year. Participants responded to the team’s findings through a facilitated dialogue.


District Approaches to Instruction During the Pandemic: A Dialogue

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.



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