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Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore student transitions, reopening college campuses, 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 August, along with links to learn more about each of them.

Governing Principals Webinar Recap: A Conversation with Lt. Governors Barnes and Gregg

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our daily lives, state leaders are persistent in engaging in the tireless work to support the diverse needs of the communities they serve. In our latest installment of Governing Principals, we were joined by Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to hear more about how their states are continuing to approach this crisis, especially with school re-openings looming on the horizon.

Read more about this webinar here.

Homeroom with Education Leaders Webinar Recap: Student Transitions

COVID-19 has revealed the severe inequities Americans see in several aspects of life, and many of those topics have dominated national public discourse, particularly over the past six weeks. Among those topics is the question around student transitions amid a pandemic. With students across the continuum being away from the classroom for several months and, in that period, likely suffering great learning loss, what comes next? How can we support students as they transition from one grade to the next, or from one part of the continuum to the next? In that transition, how can we ensure that students will be equipped to advance their education, despite severe disruption coming from the pandemic? Questions regarding student transitions were the key themes of the latest installment of Homeroom with Education Leaders, as The Hunt Institute sat down with Laura Fornash of McGuireWoods Consulting and former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, State Superintendent Carey Wright of Mississippi (Dr. Wright), and State Superintendent Eric Mackey of Alabama (Dr. Mackey) to discuss ways to ensure smooth transitions for students in the age of COVID-19 and beyond.

Read more about this webinar here.

Postsecondary Pathways Webinar Recap: When will it be safe to reopen college campuses?

Throughout the summer, some of the smartest minds in higher education have been focused on this moment: the start of the fall 2020 semester. Students and their families have dealt with months of uncertainty as they wait to hear whether their postsecondary options would involve remote learning, in-person courses, or some sort of hybrid approach. Meanwhile, institution leaders have been consulting with public health officials and carefully crafting plans to resume courses in the safest way possible.

On the most recent installment of our Postsecondary Pathways webinar series, we heard from leading state higher education policymakers – Peter Blake from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dr. Aaron Thompson from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) – about the guidance they’re providing to schools in their state. Blake and Thompson were joined by Dr. Robert Kelchen from Seton Hall University, who has been tracking and analyzing nationwide trends in campus reopening announcements. The three experts shed some light on how some of these reopening decisions are being made.

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.