National Academies to Hold Virtual Events in June Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on K-12 Teaching and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the STEMM Workforce

May 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will hold two virtual public events in June that will be of interest to education researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders.

On June 1–2, NASEM will host a two-day workshop, “Teaching and the Teacher Workforce Amid the Struggles of COVID-19 and for Racial Justice,” examining the impact COVID-19 has had on the K–12 teaching profession in the last year. The event will explore teachers’ experiences; the changing dynamics of the teacher workforce; the role of preservice teacher education programs; the types of support that practicing teachers received; policy and leadership responses and initiatives; and approaches to re-imagining teaching, learning, and schooling at the intersection of the pandemic, existing inequities, and the movement for racial justice. The event will also serve as an opportunity to revisit findings from the 2020 reports Changing Expectations for the K–12 Teacher Workforce: Policies, Preservice Education, Professional Development, and the Workplace and Reopening K–12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prioritizing Health, Equity, and Communities.

Confirmed speakers include former AERA presidents Gloria Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute), several other leading education researchers, and education policy leaders and practitioners. Learn more and register here.

On June 29–30, NASEM will convene a two-day national summit, “Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations.” The event will focus on discussing policies, strategies, and practices for confronting systemic racism; identifying ways to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM settings; and recognizing the effect of systemic racism on the careers of individuals belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the STEMM workforce.

The keynote speakers and summit agenda will be displayed on the project website once available. Registration is now open.