The pandemic provided the perfect stress test. What have principals learned?

November 20, 2020
Jonathan Supovitz

While much of the discussion around the pivot to virtual learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on students, behind the scenes, principals have been hard at work to ensure that their teachers and students are set up for success. In new research released by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), principal experiences during the pandemic have been synthesized and analyzed to determine what lessons can be applied going forward to prepare for future crises. 

“The principals are doing all these amazing things, which are serving urgent needs of kids and families,” Jonathan Supovitz, director of CPRE, told EdWeek. He described the pandemic as a stress test for school systems, similar to the 2009 financial crisis.

In addition to sharing principal stories, CPRE pulled recommendations for how principals could prepare for future crises in public health and more, primarily focused on building readiness. Learn more about their research via EdWeek.

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