Back-to-School Week Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education
Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13, 2021
12:00 - 2:00 PM ET Daily

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is hosting a week of Back-to-School programming to assist State educational agency Federal program managers as you support the schools and districts in your States on the path to safe in-person learning in the fall. The week will feature curated content and live discussions between ED leaders focused on a particular theme each day as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. Each day will also include information on how American Rescue Plan and other federal relief funds may be used to support activities referenced during the day.

  • Monday, August 9: Accelerating Learning for all Students and Student Groups: Providing resources and examples of successful approaches to accelerate learning for all students, particularly the most underserved students, to help support and extend the plans that schools, districts, and States have developed.
  • Tuesday, August 10: Promoting Health and Safety for Students, Staff, and Families: Providing updated resources and guidance on mitigation strategies to ensure a safe school environment, including information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Wednesday, August 11: Engaging Students and Families with a Focus on Underserved Populations that the Pandemic may have Further Disengaged from School: Providing resources and examples to bring all students and families fully back to the routines of in-person learning, including addressing (1) student social/emotional/mental health/behavioral needs to make sure students are ready to learn and best positioned to address the impact of lost instructional time; and (2) parent engagement to ensure robust and ongoing interactions with families to support students in a holistic manner.
  • Thursday, August 12: Lessons Learned to Inform Program Planning for the 2021-22 School Year: Providing resources based on State and local efforts to date to keep schools open safely and address student, family, and staff needs (leveraging lessons learned from schools that have been opened for in-person learning).
  • Friday, August 13: Keeping Equity at the Center of Planning and Implementation: Providing resources and information on strategies to consider for ensuring equitable access to a high-quality education for all students and student groups.

Please join us this week for a variety of presentations to support you and the schools and districts in your States. Stay and learn from the whole session or drop in on one or several of the many short, targeted sessions to learn in your areas of interest! Each day we will provide a list of links to curated resources to support you as you continue to support all students but especially those that are underserved.


  • Monday: Hear live from ED senior leaders on priorities for supporting educators and schools in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.
  • Tuesday: Engage live with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the most recent guidance to ensure student and staff safety in K-12 educational settings.
  • Wednesday: Learn of resources and information to engage students and families and support student social, emotional, and mental health well-being.
  • Thursday: Explore strategies to scale up evidence-based practices to support student learning at this critical time of re-engagement.
  • Friday: Hear from ED’s Office for Civil Rights on keeping equity at the center of programming for the 2021-2022 school year.


You must register to participate in ED’s Back to School Week.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event. We look forward to sharing this information with you.