With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, even greater efforts are needed to address students’ academic and social emotional needs, all the while making up for learning loss and preparing for the unpredictable combinations of distance learning, blended learning, and in-classroom learning.
These expectations, along with the need for greater emphasis on equity-focused teaching and learning have raised the bar for educators and for educator preparation.
This paper explores what policymakers and educators can do to support educators in meeting the social emotional and academic needs of students.
These strategies include investing in high-quality educator preparation, transforming educator professional learning opportunities to match current needs, supporting mentoring and the development of new teacher roles, and creating time for educators to collaborate with each other and key partners.
These actions are vital for navigating teaching and learning during the pandemic and beyond.