Having worked with students across the education spectrum – with the tiniest learners through Plant the Seed of Learning, to student teachers at West Chester University – I have garnered a deep appreciation for the unique ways students learn. With our current education system turned upside down right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone working in education has had to adapt to ensure students of all ages continue to get the support they need, whether they are back in a classroom or learning virtually this fall.
The forced adaptation demands we stop and assess our delivery of and structure around learning methods for our children. Indeed, a sad reality that COVID-19 brought back into the forefront is the deep inequity that exists in our education system. The challenges of distance learning have revealed how vast the gaps are when it comes to access to basic tools students need to learn when they aren’t in a classroom, such as high-speed internet.