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Back to School: Going Beyond the ABCs

Was Live Friday, Aug 18, 2023 | 11 am PT

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Shaun Harper, Provost Professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and the USC Marshall School of Business
  • Kasey Meehan, Freedom to Read Program Director at PEN America
  • Dr. Tuan Nguyen, assistant professor in the College of Education at Kansas State University
  • Evelyn G. Aleman, Founder, Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education

Event Overview

K-12 students return to school this month, amid a list of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is teacher shortages: 233,000 teachers left the profession during the Covid-19 pandemic, and have not returned. 41 states say they will be short of teachers — particularly in STEM education — as the school year begins.

K-12 Classroom

Students also face gaps in learning, exacerbated by the pandemic. Children lost about 1/3 of the learning they would have received during the normal year, resulting in much lower-test scores, especially in low-income districts.

Finally, students face an increasingly polarized environment, as parents and politicians attempt to reshape curriculum and school libraries. Our speakers this week will discuss these challenges, among others.

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