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The State of Education Now 

Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education present 

The State of Education Now 
A conversation for Congressional staff about the challenges of K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The pandemic has raised new challenges for K-12 education and exacerbated old ones, highlighting longstanding issues in the system. In a panel discussion initiated by the Harvard University Office of Federal Relations, three Harvard faculty drew on decades of combined experience in education and public health to shed light on the intersection of those challenges and the state of K-12 education right now — from instruction and access to infrastructure and equity. As schools nationwide adapt to this uncertain new environment, the conversation highlighted short- and long-term recommendations, helping to chart a vision for the path forward. Watch this special congressional staff briefing and find key resources from each panelist below.


  • Bridget Long 
    Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Joseph Allen
    Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Paul Reville
    Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Education Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Former Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Watch the briefing.
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  1. Bridget Long’s interview with the Harvard EdCast on the state of higher education, the challenges of leadership through crisis, and the crisis facing the K-12 system amid the pandemic.
  2. A new report from Joseph Allen and Healthy Buildings for Health on risk-reduction strategies for reopening schools.
  3. An op-ed by Paul Reville on how to weather the current crisis and fix longstanding inequities in education.