Supporting Students, Educators and Learning Communities During COVID-19

As we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, its aftermath and the future of learning, one thing is clear: The future of learning needs to be learner-centered, flexible and resilient. It needs to meet the needs of each student. Read how KnowledgeWorks is working alongside our partners to create a more resilient, equitable future of learning.

Education policy that helps each student

We help advance policies that assist learning communities and states to meet the current uncertainties by building resiliency and flexibility into the system, while also advancing personalized, competency-based learning for each learner.


This guidance was created to help education policymakers and stakeholders take short- and long-term action to create resilient, equitable education systems.

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How can schools improve the high school to post-secondary transition during a pandemic? ECS released six briefs to help conceptualize.

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Lillian Pace explores the big questions federal policymakers must address for a more equitable, sustainable, resilient education landscape during COVID-19.

Kentucky education bill HB103 introduces charter schools, removes the Districts of Innovation Program and limits opportunities for statewide transformation.

Kentucky is taking a thoughtful approach to address the connection between seat-time and funding.

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States, such as Minnesota and Hawaii, have taken steps to strengthen human capital and infrastructure. How else can states ensure equitable education?

Enabling and supporting remote teaching and learning

Schools across the country closed their doors overnight, but that didn’t mean learning stopped. Read about how communities across the country adapted during quarantine with care at the core.

Research confirms that most students tend to respond positively to these 10 core drivers of engagement. Find why they're important and how to apply them.

Research confirms that most students tend to respond positively to these 10 core drivers of engagement.

Two years in, these four districts share milestones reached in pioneering personalized, competency-based learning – and the distance learning challenges it helped them meet.

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How are KnowledgeWorks learning communities providing access to books and encouraging a healthy relationship to reading during COVID-19?


We’re celebrating the KnowledgeWorks learning communities by sharing positive stories of incorporating social-emotional learning, positivity and community.

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Take a look at recent success stories in education as education landscapes in schools, districts and states have shifted.

Futures thinking now

In our strategic foresight work, we’ve referenced the idea of preparing learners, educators and learning communities for an uncertain future. Never has this felt more relevant than now, which is why we’re sharing tools and leading conversations about potential futures of learning.

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The urgent need for systems thinking and transformation cannot be understated right now.


Individuals from more than 20 countries joined us for a recent informal webinar exploring future tensions and uncertainties arising from COVID-19.

Futures Thinking Now: Facing Uncertainty. a pile of black question marks and a single red question mark sitting at the top.

Futures Thinking Now is a series of practical and mental tools and exercises that allow us to embrace change and uncertainty instead of avoiding it.

Foundations for Flourishing Futures will help leaders understand their own work in new ways and do their part to ensure that every child and family can flourish in the future.

In a webinar on “Stretched Social Fabric” from our Flourishing Futures publication, the panel examines its relevance today.