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

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Researchers working together

On September 9, 2022, the COVID-19 and Equity in Education (CEE) initiative presented their second session in the CEE Research Spotlight series. Researchers from the Lastinger Center for Learning and College of Education at the University of Florida, Dr. Mary Bratsch-Hines, Dr. Pengfei Zhao, Serena Liu, and Matthew Faiello, 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.

Moderators

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Michael Garet

Michael S. Garet, Ph.D.
Vice President and Institute Fellow
AIR

 

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Susan Therriault

Susan Therriault, Ph.D.
Managing Researcher
AIR
 

 

Presenters

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Pengfei Zhao

Pengfei Zhao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Education, University of Florida

 

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Mary Bratsch

Mary Bratsch-Hines, Ph.D.
Senior Manager
Lastinger Center for Learning

 

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Matthew Faiello

Matthew Faiello
Graduate Assistant
Lastinger Center for Learning

 

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Jinxiu Serena Liu

Jinxiu Liu
Ph.D. Candidate
College of Education, University of Florida

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 Latinx 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

September 9, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location
Online
Contact
Vice President and Institute Fellow
Managing Researcher