Weekly Now: Education Coalition Hopes to Help Students Bounce Back After Pandemic

The Coalition to Advance Future Student Success counts a dozen organizational members among its ranks. Also: Why associations need to convey a shared vision to their communities.

The Coalition to Advance Future Student Success counts a dozen organizational members among its ranks. Also: Why associations need to convey a shared vision to their communities.

The pandemic was a difficult period for many students, who found themselves suddenly having to navigate learning from home for months on end.

Concerns about the long-term impact of the situation on children were common—and given those concerns, a new coalition hopes to change the K-12 education system for the better while making things better for students in the process.

The Coalition to Advance Future Student Success—which counts the National Governors Association, the National School Boards Association, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers among its dozen members—aims to ensure that funding offered as a result of COVID-19 is distributed fairly and that steps are taken to minimize the impact of the long-term disruption caused by the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated just how much schools are part of the fabric of America’s neighborhoods,” the coalition said in a joint statement. “We must make certain our young people recover from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive in adulthood. Economic and social recovery in the United States will not be complete unless our education system emerges stronger and more equitable.”

The coalition will follow a 10-point framework [PDF] for reopening schools, improving attendance, addressing educational gaps, and closing the digital divide, among other goals.

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Highlight Your Vision

When bringing people together in a community setting, it’s not just about building a community—it’s about creating a broader vision of what that community represents.

Josh Hotsenpiller, CEO of the online event platform JUNO, says that many organizations struggle with this aspect of community, and that leaders need to establish a clear message around what the organization represents and where it’s going.

“This is all about vision,” Hotsenpiller says in an interview with Association Chat host Kiki L’Italien. “And we’re asking people to invest their time, money, and energy into us. And every human asks the same question: ‘Where are we going, and why does it matter?’”

Learn more in the YouTube clip above.


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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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