Journal article

District and school leaders’ perspectives on leading & learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

October 2022

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Education Policy Innovation Collaborative.

By: Hayley Weddle, Ayesha K. Hashim, Ogechi Irondi


The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at Michigan State University (MSU) is conducting a study of Michigan school district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to support student learning. This research is in response to the Return to Learn legislation (2020 PA 147, 148, 149), which tasked the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) with studying student progress toward learning goals during and beyond the 2020-21 school year, as well as understanding how schools were effective at meeting educational goals and attainment across in-person, hybrid, and remote instructional modalities. In this report, we capture the perspectives of district, school, and teacher leaders (hereafter referred to as “local leaders”) to surface best practices for supporting student learning during COVID-19. We ask: a) What common successes and challenges did local leaders report with regards to supporting student learning? b) How did local leaders support student learning in similar and different ways across instructional modalities? c) What were local leaders’ ongoing priorities and challenges as they navigated the 2021-22 school year?

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