In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.
In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Dr. Megan Kuhfeld to the program for a discussion about COVID-related school closures and their effects on students.
Megan is a research scientist at the not-for-profit organization NWEA. She seeks to understand students’ trajectories of academic and social-emotional learning and the school and neighborhood influences that promote optimal growth. Her work covers a range of topics, including longitudinal growth modeling, achievement gaps, and summer learning loss.
In her discussion with Brian, Megan provides an overview of both studies, and they talk about the immediate and long-term challenges the current situation is creating for students, schools, and families.
You can listen to the episode in the player below:
Topics Covered in the Podcast:
0:45 Intro 2:45 NWEA and Megan’s work 5:00 Seasonal learning loss data and its application to the COVID-19 situation 8:00 Slowdown or slide--projected learning losses 12:30 Additional COVID-19-specific challenges 15:15 Increased variability of needs for next school year 18:45 Social and emotional challenges for students and families
21:30 Moving forward--thoughts and recommendations
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Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.