The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education around the globe. Educators everywhere—at every level—had to hastily implement remote learning curricula for “learning-from-home” and try to continue maintaining student engagement with the changed environment. The current school year has been marked by a mix of classroom and remote learning, with sometimes jarring transitions from one to the other in response to outbreaks.
Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise has likened COVID-19 to other natural disasters, saying, “There are three stages to any natural disaster. There’s triage, there’s transition to what is next, and if you’re very fortunate and deliberate, then transformation…We either take this very disrupted, very tumultuous year to plan and build a system that we want or we stumble along, always transitioning but rarely improving.”