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Return and Reopening School

Return to School, Reopening, and Resuming School Planning
Resources for K-12 Educators and Leaders


As states reopen, district leaders across the nation are developing plans for returning to school in the 2020 - 2021 school year. Facing profound uncertainty, school and district leaders must equip themselves with responsive practices and use this opportunity to reimagine schooling as we know it. Explore these resources, including webinars, guides, a learning center and partnership opportunities to learn how to deepen your responsive practices, center equity in your approach, and effectively forge a path forward.
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Capture The Opportunity:
Steps To Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity

As districts design and implement plans for the next school year, we must redesign education with equity at the center. Explore this paper to reflect on the ways you can redesign for equity on a personal, cultural, and systemic level.

This paper is accompanied by a workbook where you can reflect on the self-reflection prompts provided in this paper. Take time to explore areas where you can incite equitable change personally, culturally and systemically. 



How To Design A Responsive Return Plan Download Guide

How To Design A Responsive Return Plan

As schools and districts grapple with the long-term impacts of the global pandemic, responsive planning will be vital to successfully pivot when needed. Educators, who are planning a return to school in a new state-of-normal, can rely on tried and tested practices to support them.

Learn how to use responsive practices to plan your district's return, with a four-step process for examining multiple return scenarios amid uncertainty and unknowns.



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Boldly Reimagining What Is Possible

In this moment of profound unknown, school and district leaders are presented with a unique opportunity to boldly reimagine the future of education. 

In this second installment, learn ways to solidify your responsive practices, explore values-aligned decision making, and design for the unprecedented. 

Download the guide to learn how you can reimagine school with equity, agility, and safety at the core of your return planning approach. 


Sign Up For Office Hours

We are offering free office hours to support you and your school district during this time of crisis. We invite you to speak 1:1 with an experienced Ed Elements team member to discuss how you will address the widespread impact COVID-19 has on your school district. We will evaluate your current situation, provide expert advice, and answer all of your questions! 

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Register For Our Equity Digital Dialogues!

Our Equity Digital Dialogue Series is an opportunity for us to come together as a community of educators to share solution-based practices with one another around topics educators are grappling with. This is not a webinar, but a live facilitated conversation to share and learn about addressing education inequity.

Equity Dialogues


Learning Center

Explore our learning center with guides, articles, white papers, and videos ranging topics including: 

  • Return Planning 
  • Leading Through Uncertainty
  • Virtual Learning
  • Remote Work
  • Team Habits 
  • Communication 

and more! Filter by topic or content type and find the support that best aligns with your needs. 

Learning Center


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Virtual Events

Register to access recordings of virtual conferences and seminars focusing on:


On-Demand Webinars

Register to watch on-demand webinars on scenario planning, centering equity in return plans, crisis and change management, communication, and remote work. Access the webinars as your schedule permits. 


From District Leaders to District Leaders Webinar

Forge A Path Forward With Partnership

We have been supporting schools and districts with their return plans, and we can support your team as you develop your own. 


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