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IPPSR’s October Public Policy Forum focused on K-12 education’s future during and after the coronavirus pandemic. 

See the video of the IPPSR Public Policy Forum.

The COVID-19 crisis led to near-nationwide spring closure of K-12 public schools. Schools this fall are creating in-person, online or a combination of in-person and online education experiences.

MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, in partnership with Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) are jointly tracking crisis responses across all 50 states. They have constructed a searchable set of data to reflect educational approaches across the nation. As states and educators made fast-moving changes, IPPSR and EPIC began following K-12 responses first across Michigan and later across the nation.

This IPPSR Forum featured Dr. Katharine Strunk, EPIC’s faculty director, to review that research. Keith Smith, Ph.D., superintendent of Kingsley Area Schools, and Nikolai Vitti, Ph.D., superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, will speak to their districts’ experiences and share their unique perspectives.

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IPPSR posts presentations, photos and videos from 2020, 2019 and 2018 Forums in the Past Forum Archive. Stay current with IPPSR’s Public Policy Forums and all IPPSR programming at #IPPSRForums on Twitter and IPPSR on Facebook.