When schools closed due to COVID-19, millions of students lost valuable connections with their teachers, counselors, caring adults, and support networks. For Black, Brown, Indigenous students, and students living in poverty, existing inequities in learning were heightened as a result. Despite schools starting to reopen, students still report feeling disconnected from their support networks and disengaged from learning.
Now, more than ever, there is a need for Communities In Schools (CISTM) to be present. CIS strives to create equitable outcomes for all students, regardless of race, gender, zip code, or background. During COVID-19, our site coordinators have gone above and beyond to stay connected with students by providing access to necessary resources and proactively supporting their social emotional well-being. When schools fully reopen, CIS staff will continue to reengage students in learning and create more equitable learning environments.
Communities In Schools will be present at this year’s SXSW EDU with other thought leaders. Catch our SXSW EDU Online panel discussion Education Equity: Reengaging Students Post COVID to learn how communities can strive for student reengagement and equitable learning environments amidst the pandemic. Or take a look at our virtual booth in the exhibition hall to learn more.
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