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Pandemic Recovery: Observations from K-12 Classrooms

While many media outlets point to the  learning loss  students have experienced during these long months, and others point to the  social emotional factors  that must be addressed first, teachers and administrators working on the inside, struggle in many ways to keep their heads above water.  As I am out in my district observing what teachers are living with and working with classes K-12, I can see the toll the pandemic has taken on everyone. It manifests in a million small ways that add up - not all of them are bad . While many will point to the impressive technology skills, the creativity in pursuing individual interests, and the problem solving many students employed to maintain social interactions, these skills haven't always translated well back into a classroom. Our teachers have always done an exceptional job of meeting a student where they are. In a normal, non-pandemic year, teachers consider a student's performance in the previous years, work to uncover their current
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