Strategies for Reengaging Students During and Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic

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.


  • Dr. Bob Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University School of Education & Director, Everyone Graduates Center
  • Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
  • Paul Reville, founding director of Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab & former Massachusetts Secretary of Education (2008 -2013)
  • Moderator: Seth Gerson, Program Director for K-12 Education, National Governors Association


State & District Exemplars

Reflect and Redesign

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices K-12 Education Team is hosting 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. View all webinars in the series.