Chicago Schools Grind into Action: Lessons from Chicago Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020

Chicago Public Schools

One of the nation’s largest districts serves millions of meals and launches an initiative to connect 100,000 students to high-speed internet while improving remote learning throughout the spring.

Key lessons:

  • Student attendance and effort increase when expectations (e.g., grades) are established and clearly communicated.
  • The sheer size and complexity of large urban school districts makes crisis response challenging.
  • Districts can strengthen central offices to set clear expectations and provide necessary support to schools while still allowing educators to address diverse needs of specific schools and communities.