Annenberg Institute to provide research-based advice for educators amid COVID-19

Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As school districts across the U.S. prepare for a potential return to in-person teaching this fall, a new project led in part by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is aiming to arm policymakers, educators and parents with research-based solutions to the biggest challenges they may face.  

The EdResearch for Recovery Project, launched on Tuesday, June 30, by the Annenberg Institute and the Washington, D.C.-based Results for America, is publishing a set of research briefs with guidance on how to keep children safe, healthy and involved in the classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefs confront a series of pressing questions and concerns that project leaders crowdsourced from educators and policymakers.

The project is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nate Schwartz, an associate professor of the practice at the Annenberg Institute and one of the project’s lead coordinators, the partnership has already yielded three briefs advising on how to address learning loss, how to support students with disabilities, and how to provide guidance and support for students moving into post-secondary education.

“This project responds to a direct ask from education decision-makers to better synthesize research in ways that respond to the needs of the moment,” Schwartz said. “Starting with a series of crowd-sourced questions from leaders at the state and district levels, we enlisted some of the nation’s leading researchers to develop rapid-response briefs that clearly lay out the evidence base to guide current decision-making.”

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