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What Have We Learned From Teachers During the Pandemic?

This event occurred on September 30, 2021 3:05 PM EDT, but is available to view on-demand.
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University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Lora Bartlett and her colleagues spent months studying how the pandemic affected classroom teachers. We will discuss the takeaways from her research not only for teachers, but also for school and district leaders. Joining Bartlett will be middle school social studies teacher Justine Springborn from New York state and superintendent Chaunté Garrett from North Carolina. Together with Peter DeWitt, they will explore Bartlett’s research on the pandemic experiences of teachers. And how school and district leaders can support their educators during this still complicated and uncertain time.

Read Lora Bartlett’s recent series: What We Learned About Teachers During the Pandemic

Lora Bartlett
Associate Professor University of California, Santa Cruz
Bartlett is an associate professor of education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the principal investigator of the “Suddenly Distant Research Project: Teachers’ Work in the Context of COVID-19.” Her research focuses on the teaching profession and workplace conditions for teachers. She is the author of Migrant Teachers: How American Schools Import Labor and publishes articles on teacher commitment, conceptions of teachers’ work, and the composition of the teacher workforce.
Chaunté Garrett
Empowering Learners and Leaders to Excel
Garrett is the superintendent of Rocky Mount Preparatory School, a K-12 campus in North Carolina. Under her leadership, the school has focused on academic growth across content areas and with all subgroups of students by creating equitable learning opportunities. Her school uses a “whole child” approach in which it emphasizes high-quality instruction, STEM learning opportunities, social-emotional learning and services, and college and career preparation.
Justine Springborn
Social Studies Teacher Hamburg Middle School (Hamburg, N.Y.)
Springborn is starting her 20th year of teaching social studies at Hamburg Middle School in New York state. She has taught 7th and 8th grade. Springborn is active in many roles within her district, including serving as a peer coach, providing support for new teachers and the co-building union chair for the Hamburg Teacher Association. She is also the faculty adviser to the Student Morning Announcement Club and the recently formed Civic Engagement Club, which was created last year after students advocated for a space to discuss current events, human rights, and social justice.
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach.
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