Rising to the Challenge


Given the extended physical closures of schools, there has been a heightened need for school districts to implement practices that mitigate potential learning loss and address the social-emotional needs of students. Though no model or practice for distance learning has been identified as the silver bullet for the 1.4 million students in Los Angeles County, many district leaders have responded to the opportunity to implement new strategies and form new partnerships to address student learning continuity during the 2020–21 school year. 


“Rising to the Challenge: Districts Innovating to Address Equity Across Los Angeles County” highlights a small collection of innovative strategies being implemented by districts across Los Angeles County to support students, families, and teachers.

Our hope is to spark ideas for district leaders and educators as they seek to support the educational experiences and social-emotional needs of students through distance learning and the transition to reopen.

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, we scanned the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans for al of Los Angeles County’s 80 school districts. While the plans required districts to describe how they would address the impact of COVID-19 on students, staff, and the community in a variety of domains, the report concentrates on four categories that will be critical in mitigating the consequences of the pandemic.

We are grateful to Great Public Schools Now and United Way of Greater Los Angeles for their generous support. We also offer our sincere thanks to the Los Angeles County of Education and its Division of Accountability, Support & Monitoring, as well as the district leaders who offered feedback and shared their experiences with us.

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