Whether they’ve been in school, hybrid, or entirely remote, students are entering this new school year carrying the baggage of 18 months of personal losses and disconnection from important adults and sources of care and learning. Educators have experienced their own significant losses. And Delta is upending everyone’s best-case scenarios.
To plan the path forward, safe and healthy schools are vital. What can we do to ensure that our schools are healthy — to prioritize the physical and mental health of our students and educators amid the continuing strain of an ongoing pandemic?
In an episode jointly presented by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, we'll talk through some of the practical things we can do now to support physical and mental health in our schools. And we’ll explore larger issues of equity, community building, and other themes that we’ll be facing for the foreseeable future.
o Bridget Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE
o Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School
o Joseph Allen, Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
o Josephine Kim, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
o Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, HGSE
o Natalia Linos, Executive Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
NOTE: This is a special one-hour Education Now episode.