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Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore learning loss, higher education philanthropic priorities, and more

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Hunt Institute is hosting numerous webinars each month to explore different topics across the birth through postsecondary continuum. Below, find full recordings of our webinars from May, along with links to learn more about each of them.

Conversations with State Chiefs Recap: Learning Loss

Our first episode guests were Superintendent Mark Johnson of North Carolina, Superintendent James Lane of Virginia, Superintendent Molly Spearman of South Carolina, and Dan Weisberg, CEO of TNTP. They focused their discussion on what states are doing as they consider the learning that students are missing out on during this time off from school, and what can be done to address that once they return.

Read more about this webinar here.

Intersection Webinar Recap: Higher Education Philanthropic Priorities in the Age of COVID-19

In the higher education space, philanthropic leaders play a key role in seeding and supporting innovative strategies to help students. Much of this work involves developing lines of communication with people on the front lines of supporting students, like people at institutions of higher education (IHEs) or in college counseling offices. Because of these relationships, higher education funders often have their “ear to the ground” when it comes to emerging developments and shifts in the postsecondary landscape. This perspective makes them especially well suited to speak to the seismic changes in higher education that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic – and to the solutions being developed by their partners.

Read more about this webinar here.

Conversations with State Chiefs: Equity in Rural School Funding

In her opening comments for episode two of The Hunt Institute’s Conversations with State Chiefs, North Dakota Superintendent of Education Kirsten Baesler remarked that states like North Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming are often referred to as “flyover states,” meaning that state and local leaders must ensure that their voices are heard in the national conversation on critical public policy issues. This is particularly relevant when it comes to educating the nation’s children during the outbreak of COVID-19. In this episode, titled Equity in Rural School Funding and the COVID-19 Pandemic, three state superintendents spoke about the challenges facing rural schools and communities during COVID-19, and what their states are doing to address them. State Superintendents Jillian Balow (Wyoming), Sherri Ybarra (Idaho), and Kirsten Baesler (North Dakota) discussed how their states are responding to the educational challenges coming out of COVID-19; they also shared their insights into how education in their states will look going forward. Additionally, Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller, the Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), brought a high-level overview of the challenges and opportunities being brought to rural education amid the outbreak.

Read more about this webinar here.

Intersection Webinar Recap: COVID-19 and Institutions of Higher Education: A Grantmaker’s Perspective

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) across the nation have encountered a myriad of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many stakeholders within higher education, philanthropic organizations are instrumental in driving postsecondary attainment across IHEs and supporting students from marginalized backgrounds.

Read more about this webinar here.

The Hunt Institute Staff

The Hunt Institute is a strategic catalyst for transforming public education and securing our country’s future. Using our depth and breadth of knowledge, we bring together the right people and resources to facilitate critical dialogue and mobilize action on the issues that matter in education.