According to The Glossary of Education Reform, “learning loss refers to any specific or general loss of knowledge and skills” caused by “extended gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education.” Learning gaps can be caused by illness, inclement weather, natural disasters, midyear teacher turnover, or summer break. The knowledge and skills students lose manifest as reversals in academic, social, or emotional progress. Most educators have faced this issue before, in one form or another. So, while this challenge is not new for educators, the daunting scope and magnitude are. This moment calls for proven, scalable solutions.
Over the next few weeks and months, we will be sharing invaluable tips and resources that will speak to educators’ most pressing questions about responding to learning loss. We aim to sustain and encourage your efforts as you move forward to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and schools.