Teaching and Leading Through a Pandemic Key Findings from the American Educator Panels Spring 2020 COVID-19 Surveys by Rand Researchers

  • Recommendations include:
  • #1 Teachers need professional development to help them address the challenges of distance learning, especially teachers who are working with the most vulnerable students.
  • #4 Both principals and teachers need better ways to contact students and families. School and district emergency plans should include efforts to ensure they have contact information for all students and families.
  • #5 The pandemic has caused principals to reprioritize goals and tasks. District leaders should be prepared to help them as they shift to plan for emergencies, address learning gaps, and deal with student mental health issues that might be exacerbated by the pandemic’s effects. Read article