K-12 Education: Reflect And Redesign

A series of conversations with subject matter experts, state education leaders, and practitioners that reflect on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and elevate strategies and models for redesigning key features of the education system as states and school districts move forward, hosted by the NGA’s Center for Best Practices K-12 Education Team.

Strategies For Advancing Equity Through State Education Budgets During & Beyond COVID

(4 Mar 2021) This webinar explores opportunities, challenges, and strategies for governors as they create and move forward state education budgets during and beyond COVID-19. Topics of the conversation include how governors can maximize new federal funding to plan for both the short- and long-term educational needs of states and school districts and strategies for advancing equity at the state and district level.

Strategies For Reengaging Students During And Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic

(22 Oct 2021) This webinar explores strategies for Governors to help school districts in addressing chronic absenteeism and reengaging students as they continue learning in pandemic-disrupted circumstances. The webinar offers lessons learned and promising practices for: helping students get back on the path to graduation and postsecondary success; reducing chronic absenteeism; building strong relationships with students and families; and addressing the holistic needs of students during and beyond the pandemic.

Lessons Learned from Afterschool and Summer Learning and Enrichment in 2021

(November 2, 2021) This webinar highlights lessons learned for afterschool and summer learning programs during the pandemic and Summer 2021. Panelists offer recommendations regarding accelerating learning, re-engaging students, and effective use of federal funding that schools can implement as students continue to learn inside and outside the classroom this year and as leaders begin planning for Summer 2022.

Strategies For Supporting Students In Tribal Communities  

(2 Dec 2021) This webinar explores strategies for supporting students in tribal communities, particularly as they have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Topics of discussion include the digital divide, academic recovery, and student wellbeing.  

Strategies For Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness 

(7 Dec 2021) This webinar focuses on strategies for supporting students experiencing homelessness, which often overlaps with other subgroups of students with unique needs and is a population that was disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Recommendations touch on how to reach a mobile student population and opportunities for academic recovery with progress in closing the digital divide. 

Strategies For Supporting English Learners 

(9 Dec 2021) This webinar highlights strategies for supporting English learners in K-12 schools during and beyond the pandemic. Panelists address concerns about interrupted learning, students’ holistic needs, and school staff shortages and offer recommendations for potential improvements moving forward.  

Strategies For Supporting Students With Disabilities 

(15 Dec 2021) This webinar explores strategies for supporting students with disabilities as schools look to recover from disrupted instruction. Panelists offer lessons learned and promising practices, especially related to access to digital tools and literacy, efforts in academic recovery, and addressing the holistic needs of students during and beyond the pandemic. 

Strategies for Parent, Family, Student and Community Engagement with K-12 Schools

(27 Sep 2022) This webinar discusses strategies to improve parent, family, student and community engagement with K-12 schools. Panelists explain the research in this field, offer recommendations for state policy leaders and highlight innovative and evidence-based models that have been successful in schools and communities across the country.