PreK-12 Schools

Students constantly achieve new milestones in their academic and social emotional development. Schools and educators, along with families and caregivers, play a critical role in guiding students to these milestones and celebrating with students as they continue to grow and learn. Schools, and all places of educational instruction, serve as hubs of learning, development, socializing, and enrichment for their students.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted schooling for countless students, causing extended building closures and fully remote or hybrid learning environments, requiring educators, administrators, staff, and students to adjust the ways they teach, learn, and participate in PreK-12 education. Elementary schools through high schools — regardless of student makeup or geographical location — have all worked tirelessly to ensure that students have the tools, resources, and necessities to succeed during these challenging times. Now, as schools continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, educators and school staff must work in collaboration with community partners to continually identify and meet student safety, social, emotional, physical and mental health, academic, financial, and other needs. This work is important and ongoing, particularly for students from historically underserved communities, and it is crucial for all students’ academic and social emotional development to address gaps that existed but have been made worse by the pandemic.

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The resources on this page offer information for supporting students; maintaining safe and healthy environments; and helping to ensure teacher and staff well-being, professional development, and supports. As we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on specific communities, these resources contain a specific focus on supporting the students furthest from opportunity and who have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic. Teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, other places of educational instruction, and States may use these best practices and lessons learned to inform their strategies for responding to student and family needs throughout the ongoing pandemic recovery.

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National Student Support Accelerator — High-Impact Tutoring: District Playbook

This guide is designed for school district staff looking to implement, enhance, or scale high-quality tutoring programs in their districts. The guide provides in-depth information on conditions for success, resource allocation and budgeting, stakeholder engagement, partnerships, and continuous improvement.

AmeriCorps — Leveraging National Service in Your Schools: A Superintendent’s/Principal’s Toolkit to Utilizing National Service Resources

This toolkit for principals and superintendents describes how school districts can partner with AmeriCorps service programs to support student outcomes. The resource provides an overview of the AmeriCorps program model and its benefits, offers steps for leveraging AmeriCorps resources, and shares examples of States and school districts that have successfully partnered with AmeriCorps programs.

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Learning Recovery: How to Develop and Implement Effective Tutoring Programs with a teacher and student going over a lesson book.

Learning Recovery: How to Develop and Implement Effective Tutoring Programs

Tutoring is the most effective option for addressing the impact of lost instructional time when delivered by teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who have significant training and ongoing support. This interactive resource on tutoring allows for a self-guided tour through a rich collection of resources from the vast literature on tutoring. For educators, resources include an introduction to learning loss and learning recovery, best practices in designing tutoring programs, and examples of tutoring programs currently in place. For district and State administrators, resources include the evidence of effectiveness of tutoring programs, guidance for scaling tutoring programs, and costs of tutoring programs.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for helping PreK-12 schools and school districts continue to recover from the pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

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Afterschool Alliance — Promoting Healthy Futures: Afterschool Provides the Supports Parents Want for Children’s Well-Being

This fact sheet shares data from the America After 3PM study (Afterschool Alliance, 2020) on parental views of afterschool programs, including parental perspectives on benefits, accessibility, and barriers to participation.

U.S. Department of Education: Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time.

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U.S. Department of Education: Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time

This resource from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on how COVID-19 relief funds can be used to address the impact of lost instructional time as a result of the pandemic, including strategies to address student social, emotional, and academic needs; support parents and caregivers; and use of assessment data to support student learning.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for helping PreK-12 schools and school districts continue to recover from the pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

Provide Feedback

Have feedback to share on a resource accessed on the Clearinghouse site? We want to hear from you. Select the button below to share your feedback with the U.S. Department of Education and the Clearinghouse team.