Keeping Learning on Track in a Crisis: Lessons from Roaring Fork School District’s COVID-19 Response Spring 2020

Roaring Fork School District

A diverse rural district high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains took care of families first, then focused instruction on a common curriculum of essentials.

Key lessons:

  • Providing support to families can remove barriers to learning.
  • Increasing centralized curriculum coordination can balance educator autonomy with the need to collaborate across schools and teacher teams.
  • The pandemic and the switch to online communication drove parents to engage with their student’s schools, and the learning process itself, in new ways that school systems should hold onto after the crisis passes.