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Return to School

These resources are designed to help Regional Centers, state and local education agencies, educators, and parents as they collectively navigate the unpredictable path back to school.  In addition to the resources in this collection, the National Center has gathered selected resources from national organizations and educational institutions, as well as a set of state plans related to returning to school, which will be updated as new plans become available and current plans are revised.

Education Stories from the Field
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2021
The National Comprehensive Center has launched Education Stories from the Field, providing inside, frontline, real-time insights and lessons on how state and local education leaders have responded to the pandemic.  A building timeline illustrates how  leaders in four states—Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming—are setting priorities, making decisions, working with partners, and providing support for district and school leaders during this time of educational upheaval and innovation. As the pandemic, and our recovery from it, is ongoing, so are these stories. Check back for updates as the National Center documents how the approaches these states, and the districts within them, continue to unfold.
After Action Review Guide for Learning Recovery Planning
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2021
This guide gives users the steps and content to hold an After Action Review about Learning Recovery programming. An After-Action Review (AAR) could assist schools and districts identify the lessons learned from previous summer and extended learning programs, as well as from current attempts at providing hybrid and remote learning. These lessons could then inform learning recovery strategies to implement during the summer and throughout the school year to assist students recover some of the lost learning.
Best Practices on Distance and Blended Learning for Grades K-12 During COVID-19
Resource Type: Publication
2021
This Fast Response report provides a brief summary of effective instructional practices related to distance and blended learning described in the literature as well as special implementation considerations for reflection. The second report in this series summarizes what other states are doing to address distance learning.
Reopening Instructional Programs for Our Most Vulnerable Students: A Reopening Guidebook for the 2020-2021 School Year
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
Earthquakes in Puerto Rico and COVID-19 lockdowns in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) have forced educators to rethink how they can support the most vulnerable students, including the youngest students in pre-kindergarten, English Learners (ELs) in the USVI, Spanish Learners in Puerto Rico, and students with disabilities. This guidebook summarizes strategies to address today’s challenges while trying to reopen schools.
After Action Review Guide for Learning Recovery Planning
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2021
This guide gives users the steps and content to hold an After Action Review about Learning Recovery programming. An After-Action Review (AAR) could assist schools and districts identify the lessons learned from previous summer and extended learning programs, as well as from current attempts at providing hybrid and remote learning. These lessons could then inform learning recovery strategies to implement during the summer and throughout the school year to assist students recover some of the lost learning.
Schools' First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
Schools’ First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers in the Time of COVID-19 elevates a rationale and considerations for evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches to support teachers and teacher candidates during and following the COVID-19 crisis. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education resource, supporting the teacher workforce through the disruptions created by COVID-19 is essential to ensure continuity of learning for students. As schools and districts rush to meet immediate workforce needs, longer term planning is critical in light of looming budget declines. For each of the considerations highlighted in the brief, we cite re search or examples from other states and districts that can be helpful to learn more and guide decision-making.
Principal Leadership at a Challenging Time: An Evaluation of the Missouri Leadership Development System
Resource Type: Publication
2021
The 2019–2020 school year marked the first year that all four levels of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) became available to participants. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is interested in learning from educators across the state about the implementation of the program, both preceding and during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help DESE in this area, the Region 12 Comprehensive Center (R12CC), funded under a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, conducted this evaluation on the implementation of MLDS. The purpose of the evaluation is to support DESE in understanding the current perceived impact and making evidence-based refinements to the program.
Returning to School: A Toolkit for Principals
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2020
One way or another, we are returning to school. We may be in classrooms, or at home, or both. But it will be our school, and it will be different from when we left. One thing will be the same, however, our principal will be looking out for everyone—students, families, teachers, staff. This toolkit is for the principal and the team the principal assembles to help everyone return to school, whatever that may look like. Suggested actions, recommended resources, quick tip sheets—the toolkit is a handy computer desktop companion for helping people with Change, Communication, Collaboration, and Care in the time of COVID.