After a year of remote, hybrid, and altogether disrupted learning, we’re starting to envision a more-typical fall. But instead of going back to “normal,” how should schools look different? The pandemic revealed many of the failings of our current system — the effects of huge wealth gaps, the stifling effects of one-size-fits-all learning — but it also showcased some of the things that work: relationships and the time to build them; creativity, new solutions, and the room to innovate; new scheduling flexibility; and a new understanding of the essential role of teachers. How is the pandemic re-shaping education, and how can we move toward a more holistic and relationship-centered model of education, where deeper learning can thrive?
- Jal Mehta, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Devon LaRosa, Principal of La Follette High School, Madison, Wisconsin