The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed longstanding inequities across the globe. As education leaders move forward with plans for what learning will look like “after COVID,” they must consider how to advance equity and access for the nation’s most marginalized student groups.
During a virtual FETC keynote, Dr. Lisa N. Williams, executive director of equity and cultural proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, emphasized the need for educators to carefully think about and analyze the questions raised by the pandemic moving forward.
The sudden shift to online learning highlighted vast gaps, including students without access to devices, those without reliable (or any) internet connections, students experiencing the stress of food or housing insecurity, and more.
“Issues of equity and access are fundamentally human issues,” Williams said.