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National Comprehensive Center, 2022
The American Rescue Plan Act's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) fund represent a historic investment in ensuring that all students have access to safe in-person instruction and in meeting the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of the Nation's students. The U.S. Department of Education is committed to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Gershenson, Seth; Lomax, Erin – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced school leaders to make difficult decisions about how to balance students' educational needs with the health, safety, and social-emotional well-being of students and teachers. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Rescue Plan) recently enacted by Congress offers unprecedented amounts of potentially transformative…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Student Needs
Layland, Allison – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
The impact of a year of remote or hybrid learning on students across the nation has been significant. Early research points to the disruptions to in-person learning experienced in school year 2020-21 could result in students losing between 3 and 11 months of learning. Many students have experienced additional trauma during COVID-19 including lack…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Blended Learning, COVID-19, Pandemics
Layland, Allison; Corbett, Julie – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
Districts and schools are receiving once in a life-time funding through the American Recovery Plan (ARP) to address the learning needs of students over the next few years, especially those who have been most impacted by a year of remote or hybrid learning. State education agencies (SEAs) including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, outlying…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Acceleration (Education), Distance Education, Blended Learning
Manian, Nanmathi; Belfield, Wendy; Berger, Christy – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
It is critical that states and districts support teachers by addressing their mental health and social and emotional needs, as well as by increasing their capacity to manage and teach students in the aftermath of COVID and its accompanying stressors. In order to create a supportive, trauma-informed classroom, it is imperative that instructors not…
Descriptors: School Districts, Daily Living Skills, Mental Health, Health Needs
Layland, Allison; Simpson, Joe; Koehler, Paul – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Responding to complex problems and emergencies such as COVID-19 requires both rapid response and long-term planning. Part of the response and planning needs to be based on lessons learned from previous crisis experiences. Organizations should be routinely conducting strategic reviews of previous responses, projects, or events to analyze the…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Emergency Programs, Program Effectiveness, Teamwork
Jackson, Cara; Keirstead, Carol – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
COVID-19 has created a sudden demand for teachers who can provide effective remote learning opportunities for students and, simultaneously, has disrupted the preparation for the next generation of teaching. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education resource, supporting the teacher workforce through the disruptions created by COVID-19…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Distance Education, Online Courses, Pandemics
Johnson, Bridget – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
It is no secret that successful school leadership starts with the principal. But who is taking care of school principals and ensuring their well-being? A principal's needs must be addressed before they can effectively address the needs of their school community. District leadership must prioritize the needs of principals who in turn, will empower…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Well Being
Corbett, Julie; Donley, Jan; Feldman, Jill; Layland, Allison; Wilson, Melly – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all aspects of lives, including how to teach students. It is clear that the K-12 education system as it was known has changed. The pandemic has stressed each level of the education system: the state education agency (SEA), regional education agencies (REA), local education agencies (LEA), tribal education…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, School Closing
Benton, K.; Butterfield, K.; Manian, N.; Molina, M.; Richel, M. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
This toolkit was developed to assist principals in structuring their thinking about the return to school, in whatever form it takes. It offers tools and tip sheets, the context for using them, and suggestions for actions principals might consider. The toolkit is organized around four sections: (1) Change (staying current in understanding changes…
Descriptors: Principals, School Schedules, COVID-19, Pandemics
Jackson, Cara; Keirstead, Carol – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
"Schools' First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers in the Time of COVID-19" elevates a rationale and considerations for evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches to support teachers and teacher candidates during and following the COVID-19 crisis. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Practices, Evidence Based Practice