Our Condition of Education in the Commonwealth series is an annual look at where our education system is and where it’s headed. As schools and students face unprecedented challenges and changes amid COVID-19, this conversation is more important than ever. But like everything else this year, our Condition of Education project looks a little different. Since we can't meet in person, we are releasing a week's worth of tools, resources, and conversations in addition to a virtual event on January 28.
January 25: Tools and Resources
This curated selection of research-based resources and tools connect to this year's Action Guide topic: the critical connection between schools can communities. We hope the these resources can help schools and communities work together to create a more inclusive and equitable approach to teaching and learning.
January 26: Data Dashboard
This year's data dashboard examines how schools are functioning amid the pandemic, delving into state data on the impact of COVID-19 on students, families, and communities. With an overarching focus on equity, the dashboard also looks at key indicators in holistic learning, pathways to careers, and student, parent, and community involvement in school decision making.
January 27: Community Conversation
This year our Action Guide highlights the promising work of schools and communities that have come together to make education more equitable and inclusive. Before we release our report, we want you to hear from some of these exemplary schools, districts, and community organizations. This recorded conversation features representatives from Chelsea and Framingham Public Schools as well as Bunker Hill Community College and Springfield Works.
January 27: Program Map
Over the past seven years, our Action Guides have singled out communities doing promising work to improve the lives of students. We've now profiled nearly 30 schools, districts, and community organizations. We have learned from their innovation, dedication, and willingness to share what they've learned so that other communities can benefit. This interactive map features all the programs we've highlighted over the years.
January 28: State of the State of Education
This virtual conversation on the future of our education system featured a panel discussion with all three state education commissioners—Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, and Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago—moderated by Meghan Irons of the Boston Globe. Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser also provided remarks on the state of learning in this unprecedented time.
January 28: Action Guide
This year's Action Guide looks at the critical role communities play in our education system. COVID-19 has revealed just how important this connection is, with many organizations stepping up to provide support for students and families amid school closures. This guide provides recommendations on how schools and communities can build on lessons learned from the past year and continue to work together to create a more inclusive and equitable approach to teaching and learning for years to come.