From Learning Science to Learning Reimagined: A Forward-Looking Framework for Education Leaders


With millions of dollars being invested into recovery plans as millions of students return to the classroom, it’s time to take advantage of this opportunity by investing in re-engaging our students. Newsela co-founder and Chief Academic Officer Dan Cogan-Drew explains the need to move away from the deficit-oriented mindset of “learning loss”, focusing instead on an approach rooted in learning science.

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Right now, school districts are facing a tremendous challenge: balancing the safety of reopening schools with charting the right path for learning recovery. At the same time, there’s a rare opportunity to redesign education systems to better serve all students. The conversation has justifiably moved away from returning to “normal” — there’s no denying that the old order wasn’t working for many, like the half of students who reported feeling disengaged from school. The next shift must be moving the conversation away from “learning loss.”

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