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Transcript | Event summary

This virtual panel will bring together experts to discuss learning loss for students during the pandemic, as well as the potential impacts of disruption on future academic achievement and economic opportunity. As part of the Project Hometown series, this panel will enrich our understanding of the strategies implemented to mitigate or pre-empt the negative impacts on students and their future educational and economic opportunities.

The goals of the session are as follows:

  • To understand the potential impacts of learning disruptions during the pandemic on future academic achievement and economic opportunity
  • To understand policy issues and responses that address these impacts
  • To understand the role of the community ecosystem to support learning recovery

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a Chicago Fed initiative created to better understand the challenges facing the people and communities we serve. Through these discussions, we examine how our hometowns can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, and grow stronger.


Robin Newberger

Robin Newberger

Policy Advisor,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Moderator


Betheny Gross

Betheny Gross

Research Director,
WGU Labs

Panelist

Betheny Gross is the research director at WGU Labs, an affiliate of Western Governors University. Her research has focused on the innovation and improvement of K-12 education systems. Recently, she has led studies of personalized learning initiatives, public school choice, out-of-school learning, career-connected learning, and district transformation and improvement. In the past year, she studied school districts’ response to Covid-19 and potential opportunities for innovation and change as education systems emerge from the pandemic. Over nearly 20 years in the field, she has also advised and consulted with district leaders and community partners to formulate strategy and implement reforms.


Eric Hanushek

Eric Hanushek

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow,
Hoover Institution of Stanford University

Panelist


Megan Kuhfeld

Megan Kuhfeld

Senior Research Scientist,
NWEA

Panelist


Ann Whalen

Policy Director,
Advance Illinois

Panelist

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