Is Now the Time to Build a Better System? K–12 Education and Systemic Racism in the Era of COVID-19

Monday, July 20, 2020

Is Now the Time to Build a Better System? K–12 Education and Systemic Racism || Radcliffe Institute

The coronavirus crisis and demonstrations about racial injustice have illuminated long-standing inequities in US education, conditions that have been well-documented for decades but remained unrecognized by many until now.

As public schools and districts plan for the 2020–2021 school year and beyond, should their primary aim be to recover what has been lost, returning to a pre-COVID and pre-protest baseline? Or is now the time to reinvent our public education systems to establish a new, more equitable baseline? Can and should we attempt such reform during the continuing political, health, and economic crises? If not now, when? This Radcliffe webinar, cosponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, brings together experts from public school systems, foundations, and academia to explore these questions.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Godden, superintendent and CEO, Abbotsford School District, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Na'ilah Suad Nasir, president, Spencer Foundation

Justin Reich, assistant professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department and director of the Teaching Systems Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MODERATED BY:
Meira Levinson, professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education