The impact of learning loss on the horizon as schools set to reopen

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps education has been the aspect of our lives that has been disrupted the most.

The end of the 2019-20 school year and the entire 2020-2021 year have been unlike any that schools, teachers and students have ever experienced. In most cases, educators have tried their best to conduct classes either in-person with masking and social distancing required or online or a combination of both. Even with innovation and lots of imagination, the conditions were not conducive for learning like in a normal class setting.

Some students and parents handled the unusual circumstances better than others. Parents have been given the option of holding their child back a year. Still others are concerned about what’s been described as learning loss during the past year and a half.

What should schools expect to see and how can they help children recover from the deficits?

Appearing on Smart Talk Wednesday are Dr. Bernard Harris, MD, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, Lyndsey Sturkey, Senior Director of Programs, Communities in Schools of PA, and Lauren Beal, Ed., D., Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and a Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador.