April 17, 2020
Educators across the nation are stepping up in a number of ways to ensure that student instructional, nutritional, and social-emotional needs are met despite school closures due to COVID-19. This week, we welcomed three incredible practitioners, Dr. John B. Gordon III, Superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools in Virginia, Jenny O’Meara, Principal of Phillips Middle School in North Carolina, and Shelly Parks, the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year, to hear how they are working to support their school communities during the current pandemic.
With each panelist serving very different communities, their diverse perspectives demonstrated that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meeting student needs. However, a few themes emerged, including the importance of prioritizing equity, capturing student voice, preserving the mental health of both students and teachers, and showing flexibility and grace toward the entire community as they go through this traumatic and uncertain period.
To find out more about the innovative approaches used by Dr. Gordon, Jenny, and Shelly, please check out our full conversation below.
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The Hunt Institute team