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Ashley LiBetti
Lynne Graziano
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

COVID-19 has altered education as we know it, and no one school has found the perfect approach to distance learning. Every school struggles with the dual priorities of sustaining student learning and ensuring students are safe, fed, and well, all outside of the school building.

However, some schools more quickly adopted promising practices in response to common challenges, offering lessons for other schools seeking to improve their distance learning models.

Promise in the Time of Quarantine: Exploring Schools’ Responses to COVID-19 highlights 12 district and charter schools from across the country:

  • Breakthrough Public Schools (Ohio)
  • Gentry School District (Arkansas)
  • Hamilton Grange Middle School (New York)
  • Impact Public Schools (Washington)
  • Kairos Academies (Missouri)
  • KIPP Columbus High School (Ohio)
  • Nampa School District (Idaho)
  • Rocketship Public Schools (California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and D.C.)
  • Steel City Academy (Indiana)
  • Summit Sierra High School (Washington)
  • Treasure Valley Classical Academy (Idaho)
  • Uncommon Schools (Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York)


On October 5 at 2 p.m. EST, Bellwether Education Partners will bring together leading voices from government and academia to discuss how the pursuit of evidence to improve our education systems and policies can rebound from this moment. How should educators and evaluators measure student performance moving forward, and what proof points can they use to guide their efforts? What stopgaps are researchers putting in place to address missing data, and how is the U.S. Department of Education considering long-term data collection efforts? What interventions can be used remotely to support equity and inclusion?

Lynne Graziano
Chad Aldeman

As more schools prepare students for a high school diploma and college and career readiness, how are states tracking the effectiveness of these programs? Are states tracking the right measures, like whether students are taking and passing advanced courses, completing industry certifications, or pursuing other work-based learning opportunities?

Kelly Robson

Some Democrats and Republicans have an unlikely alliance these days around one thing: their sudden rejection of the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), which funds start-up costs for new, high-quality charter schools. Not only do both sides’ current arguments overlook long-standing bipartisan support, they also ignore the long history of charter schools serving some of the nation’s highest-need students and communities.