WestEd, operating with funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the COVID Education Equity Response Collaborative, which will assist California districts and county offices of education adapting to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID Education Equity Response Collaborative is an umbrella collaborative leveraging the experience and knowledge of a wide range of partners, including school districts, county offices of education, WestEd, and other top research and policy organizations from across the state. Specifically, the Collaborative will connect the following partners:
- More than 20 California school districts and all 58 California county offices of education
- Researchers and technical assistance experts from WestEd and the Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at WestEd
- The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley
- Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
- Learning Policy Institute
Funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Collaborative will provide a combination of real-time supports and asynchronous learning resources. All of the Collaborative’s efforts will be geared toward meeting the current challenges of hybrid and distance learning, and toward using the Collaborative’s learnings to support making teaching and learning more equitable for all students in the years to come.
Within the COVID Education Equity Response Collaborative, three “sister collaboratives” will bring together educators from districts and county offices:
- The Hybrid Distance (HD) Learning Collaborative will convene staff from over 20 California school districts for a series of quarterly interactive virtual learning events focused on implementing successful hybrid and distance learning strategies for K–6 math and science classrooms in 2020 and beyond.
- Equity in Practice will bring together a smaller set of HD Learning Collaborative districts to support Black and Latinx students in middle school math, and in school more generally, through early warning indicators, student supports, and strategies for reducing the effects of racial bias.
- The Equity Accelerator will support California county offices of education (COEs) in improving alignment of whole-child and whole-school efforts that cohere around a vision of equity. Using a two-tiered approach, the Equity Accelerator will provide a professional learning series to all 58 COEs and an intensive fellows program for up to 10 COEs.