Educators around the globe have been working to help their pupils to keep learning during school closures with a wide variety of tools and support, while parents and carers are doing their best in very difficult circumstances.
In these two articles, Professor Andy Hargreaves:
- explains what education systems and leaders can do to adapt to current circumstances and support their teachers and students for learning at home.
- considers the big changes that could occur in education systems as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Teachers must lead schools’ responses to COVID-19
Schools are doing extraordinary things around the world in the face of the coronavirus onslaught. They are our invisible heroes, supporting health services and reinventing the way they provide education. They are achieving miracles in the most challenging circumstances.
I work with education ministries and teacher-leaders around the globe (as president of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory), and in the continuous white-water world we are all navigating at the moment, it’s just not possible to see everything ourselves all at once, especially what’s ahead.
So here are a few additional things (17, to be precise) that may have been overlooked by school systems and politicians in their rush to do the right thing by students and teachers.
What’s next for schools after coronavirus? Here are 5 big issues and opportunities
No schools, no exams, more online learning and parents in COVID-19 lockdown with their kids. What a mess!
People are responding heroically. Some parents are working from home, others have lost their jobs and teachers are creating an entire new way of doing their jobs — not to mention the kids themselves, stuck inside without their friends. Somehow, we will get through this. When we do, how will things look when school starts again?
One of my university projects connects and supports the education leaders of six countries and two Canadian provinces to advance humanitarian values, including in their responses to COVID-19.
From communication with these leaders, and drawing on my project team’s expertise in educational leadership and large-scale change, here are five big and lasting issues and opportunities that we anticipate will surface once school starts again. …
… We’re in a long, dark tunnel at the moment. When we emerge, our challenge will be to not proceed exactly as before, but to reflect deeply on what we have experienced, and take a sharp turn in education and society for the better.
Professor Andy Hargreaves is an honorary professor at Swansea University, a visiting professor at University of Ottawa and president and co-founder of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory.