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KQED.ORG Mindshift

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When schools began to close because of COVID-19 in March, teachers and students had to rapidly adjust to learning online. For many students, finding a quiet place at home to learn with reliable technology was difficult, especially when family members were dealing with the pandemic. And teachers tried to figure out what was appropriate for the new online reality when it came to synchronous learning, attendance and grades, among many other issues.

Coronavirus also created an opportunity for teachers to be creative in order to meet students’ needs. Joe Truss, principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, saw the inequities created by coronavirus and called upon teachers via social media to create resources for teaching during the pandemic in a way that was relevant to what students were experiencing.