Doing Something Together: Lessons from Green Dot Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020

Green Dot Public Schools California

A big-city charter network helps students and teachers in Los Angeles navigate the crisis by creating consistency and coherence across schools.

Key lessons:

  • Decisive leadership, clear direction, and organizational coherence are critical in a time of crisis and uncertainty.
  • Taking regular feedback from students and teachers, and increasing networkwide collaboration, helped marshal an effective crisis response.
  • In the words of the chief academic officer, the crisis “basically has taught us that we can move a lot more quickly on things than we ever thought we could. . . . Let’s not forget that when we’re not in crisis mode because we can probably do things a lot more quickly than we thought.”