It would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed across the U.S. education system in the past three years. The following resources will help you learn more about threats to education and student learning, the effects of COVID-19 on students and their mental health, the need for more equitable learning opportunities, and how you can make an impact on the future of our education system. [Note: Organizations are sourced through trusted partners and networks that align with our core tenets. Read our vetting criteria.]
Across the country, there are imminent threats to education, including book bans and legislation that limits the ways that teachers can discuss racism and sexism in the classroom. These actions lead to the exclusion of diverse voices and perspectives and can result in students learning only a narrow version of history.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Learning loss occurs each summer when kids are out of the classroom. The numerous changes brought on by the pandemic have extended and heightened its effects. Learn more about learning loss and your role in mitigating it.
Various organizations are working to improve early childhood care and education for the next generation, building a foundation for kids that prepares them for lifelong learning and well-being. Learn about how you can help advance equitable access to education in early childhood.
Social-emotional learning is a holistic approach to learning involving teaching students vital skills such as persistence, self-regulation, empathy, and mindfulness. It is especially critical now to help address the youth mental health crisis following the pandemic. Learn more about the benefits of social-emotional learning and how you can support student mental health.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
As of last year, only seven states require LGBTQ-inclusive curricula, despite research indicating the mental, social, and academic benefits of these materials. Changes to education policy can help create safer spaces for LGBTQ students. Learn how you can help advocate for LGBTQ youth in the classroom.
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