When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, state education agencies (SEAs) very quickly had to make sound decisions on the closing of schools, reopening of schools, student learning loss, and many other COVID-19 related topics. Each of the Region 7 Comprehensive Center (R7CC) states has requested guidance and support in some of these COVID-related areas. Addressing these problems has the potential to impact student achievement across all three states. Since this is a new problem, intensive capacity-building is needed to ensure that SEAs can meet the needs of local education agencies (LEAs) and most importantly students in each state.
The R7CC will effectively support each SEA with coordination, facilitation, and planning as they work to support districts and schools in their planning to (re)open schools, for virtual learning, overcome student learning loss, and other regional emerging needs. This project will also support identification of state specific emerging needs during the changes required to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of R7CC assistance, SEA staff will: (1) have awareness of each state’s concerns and plans and will be able to identify opportunities to coordinate; (2) share resources with other SEAs; (3) have awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on districts and schools within the three states; (4) have awareness of and access the COVID-19 resources page on the R7CC website; and (5) use and share the R7CC blog posts and social media related to COVID-19 issues with stakeholders. Throughout the project, the SEA staff will receive high quality, relevant, useful, and timely support, so that states can successfully respond to the changes required during the COVID-19 pandemic, update continuity of learning plans, continue SEA collaboration for implementing COVID-19 plans, and use evidence-based resources and practices to produce and/or revise continuity of learning guidance for SEAs and LEAs.