Woman teaching an online lesson

When U.S. schools closed their doors in spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a little-considered effect was the impact of school closures on the preparation of the next generation of educators. Teacher and leader candidates all over the country had their field experiences abruptly cut short, and educator preparation programs (EPPs)—in partnership with school districts and state education agencies—had to adapt quickly to ensure candidates continued to receive high-quality preparation and were able to complete their licensure requirements.  COVID-19 has highlighted the urgency of preparing teachers and leaders for deeper learning and equity.