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ERIC Number: ED615628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Learning Recovery and a Diverse Workforce: A Win-Win for Students Hardest Hit by COVID-19. Brief
Gershenson, Seth; Lomax, Erin
National Comprehensive Center at Westat
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 funding to elementary and secondary schools. The Rescue Plan has the potential to simultaneously spur post-pandemic learning recovery efforts and address long-standing socio-demographic gaps in academic achievement and opportunity. This brief is intended to help state and local education leaders consider how to approach this opportunity to meet a persistent problem: the need for more educators of color to serve students. To do this, the authors encourage local education agencies (LEAs) to act strategically by leveraging the findings and evidence-based practices (EBP) of two distinct research bases: (1) High-dosage tutoring, extended-day programs, and summer learning programs are effective options for learning recovery; and (2) Students benefit from exposure to a diverse, representative educator workforce.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center (NCC); Westat, Inc.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A