Centering Race in Return-to-Learn Plans
- June 30, 2020
- Posted by: Circe Stumbo
- Category: COVID-19
Our collective work to keep equity at the center of school improvement planning has been significantly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid move to distance learning. Schools and districts have been overwhelmed by the degree and number of technical challenges faced at the end of the school year and those they face looking toward the future.
Then, with the highly publicized violence against Black Americans, culminating in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the nation suddenly pivoted attention to focus squarely on race. Demands surrounding policing have been raised in communities across the nation, while activists, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders, and educators of color across the state of Iowa have renewed their calls for change within K-12 schooling.
We are offering a free resource document to help education leaders and educators center race while both designing and implementing Return-To-Learn (RTL) plans for the 2020-21 school year. We hope this resource will help you to incorporate race and equity into your original plans and, in the spirit of continuous improvement and mid-course corrections, to use the ideas throughout implementation.
Our original resource, Centering Race in Iowa’s Return-To-Learn Plans, is available here for free.