School & District Management Online Summit

How We Go Back to School

This event occurred on August 19, 2020 3:00 PM EDT and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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District and school leaders are confronting difficult, high-stakes decisions as they plan for how and if they will reopen school buildings this fall as the global pandemic rages on. Safety for students and staff members is the chief priority. But with no vaccine or effective treatment yet against COVID-19, no one can be fully shielded from the risk. There are no playbooks for how to do this.

Many of the options and requirements for reopening schools will upend some of the most effective aspects of teaching and learning. Following public health protocols will cost a lot of money, even as school budgets are pummeled by the economic collapse. Managing the anxieties of teachers, students, and parents will require patience, compassion, and careful communication.

To help district and school leaders navigate these monumental decisions, our journalists and expert guests will discuss with you, the Education Week reader, some of the biggest challenges ahead and offer ideas and solutions that you can use and adapt for your districts and schools.


1:00–3:00 p.m. ET | Discussions Open
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Student Achievement

The 'COVID-19 Slide': Measuring and Addressing Learning Losses

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Student Well-Being

Supporting Students’ Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
School & District Management

How Can Remote Learning Improve This Fall?

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Teaching Profession

What Teachers’ Jobs Will Look Like

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Equity & Diversity

Creating an Equitable Return to School

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Reading & Literacy

Accelerate Learning for Struggling Readers During Unprecedented Times

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Student Achievement

Addressing Gaps in Learning

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Connecting School and Home: How to Find Your Focus for Back to School

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Developing a Brick-to-Click Learning Environment

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Student Well-Being

Focused on how to best support your students? We can help!

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Student Achievement

How Diagnostic Tools, Interventions & Critical Thinking Guide Back-to-School Instructional Planning

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Driving Engagement While Teaching Remotely

1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Classroom Technology

Sustainability and Management of a True 1:1 Technology Program for Students

Luvelle Brown
Superintendent Ithaca City School District, Ithaca, N.Y.
Jhone Ebert
Superintendent of Public Instruction Nevada Department of Education
Emily Freitag
Co-Founder and CEO Instruction Partners
Stephanie Hawley
Chief Equity Officer Austin Independent School District, Texas
Stephanie M. Jones
Gerald S. Lesser Professor of Child Development and Education Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ray Lozano
Executive Director, Student and Family Empowerment El Paso Independent School District, Texas
Scott Marion
President and Executive Director National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment
Ace Parsi
Director of Innovation National Center for Learning Disabilities
Misael Ramos
Teacher Springfield, Mass.
Oscar Rico
IT Director Canutillo Independent School District, Texas
Nathaniel Schwartz
Professor of Practice at Brown University and a Leader in Brown’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Catherine Gewertz is a writer for Education Week who covers national news and features.
Mark Lieberman is a reporter for Education Week who covers school finance.
Lesli Maxwell is managing editor. She also writes The Savvy Principal newsletter.
Arianna Prothero is a reporter at Education Week who covers students and their well-being.
Christina Samuels formerly covered educational equity for Education Week.
Sarah Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction.
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