K-12 Education

Navigating the Crisis: Brave Spaces for Dialogue and Action

March 7, 2022  • Education and Society Program

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In March of 2020, COVID-19 shuttered the world, unleashing torrents of change that continue to profoundly impact public schools and the children and families they serve. Education leaders pivoted to crisis response and taking care of basic human needs, only to find they would need to navigate unprecedented challenges – medical, moral, educational, and political.

Included in this impact report are examples of how the Aspen Institute Education & Society program helped leaders navigate this crisis by marshaling our deep knowledge of how the education sector works, our longstanding and explicit commitment to equity, our credibility with leaders across ideological divides, and our expertise as facilitators to create brave spaces for dialogue and action.