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COVID-19 Quick View: Remote Learning Guidance & Resources

Cedar Rapids: Defining a Commitment to Equity and Resiliency

Cedar Rapids Community School District used its existing district vision for teaching and learning as an important anchor for its process to design near-term change. This helped the district advance progress on its current plans toward a goal that already enjoyed broad buy-in among families and staff. The vision features equity at the center: it is one of the stated core beliefs. Other core beliefs (like student ownership and student learning) emphasize the importance of student empowerment and focus on ALL students’ needs. The vision also paints a picture of what resiliency looks like in practice; the core belief around innovation challenges the district to be creative, to continuously evolve to stay relevant in context of the broader world, and to adapt to different students’ needs and interests.

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Activity: Build a Shared Commitment to Change

When designing change, teams should start with a clear definition of and commitment to why change is necessary.

Activity: Identity Reflection Through Noticing

When in a position to design change, team members reflect on what each individual brings to the process (talents, values, experiences,...

Hybrid and In-Person Re-Entry Resources

Learn about ways to ensure students and educators alike can feel supported and safe when re-entering classrooms.