It would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed across the U.S. education system in the past two 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.]
Threats to Education
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.
Book Bans Threaten Students Nationwide. Here’s How Philanthropy Can Fight Back.
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.
Research Offers Recommendations for Students With Disabilities Experiencing Learning Loss
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.
Building Back for Equity: Guidance to Inform 2021 Early Childhood Grantmaking
The Bridgespan Group
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 students feel more grounded in the wake of the pandemic. Learn more about the benefits of social-emotional learning and how you can support efforts to implement it.
Why It's Important for SEL Programs to Create a Sense of Belonging During This Time
This Back to School Season, We Must Ensure Our Students Recover and Thrive Post-pandemic
Great Public Schools Now