A Deeper Dive Into How Educator Preparation Programs Are Adapting During COVID-19

Date and time
Thu, May 21, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Online event
Woman on video call presenting paper in front of a computer monitor
Hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Educator Preparation Laboratory, an initiative of the Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education

Teacher and leader preparation programs continue to adapt how they prepare their candidates during the COVID-19 shutdown and in anticipation of a very different future for teaching and learning.

Now, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to equip future teachers and leaders to effectively support students’ academic and social and emotional needs. What does educator preparation look like in our new reality and in the uncertain future of schools reopening with guidelines around social distancing and keeping staff and students safe?

The Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) addressed this issue in a new webinar on May 21st as a follow up to a recent, highly popular webinar on the same subject. This sequel dug deeper into the critical topics impacting teacher and leader preparation programs across the nation and address many of the questions raised by participants in the initial webinar.

The five educator preparation program leaders from the first webinar, went into more detail on how their programs are adapting and innovating during this pandemic. And they continued to explore pressing questions around teacher and leader preparation during the COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • How are programs approaching short and long term planning for the summer and fall semesters?
  • How are institutions continuing to center equity in teacher and leader preparation during this time?
  • How are programs infusing social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices in their work with candidates?


Rebecca Cheung
Director, Principal Leadership Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Annamarie M. Francois
Executive Director, Center X, University of California, Los Angeles
Maria E. Hyler
Deputy Director, Washington DC office and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Director, EdPrepLab
Ira Lit
Associate Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Jennifer Robinson
Executive Director of the Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University
Kathy Schultz, Dean
School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

Event Contact:
Maria E. Hyler
Learning Policy Institute
Media Contact:
Barbara McKenna
Learning Policy Institute