Think Forward New England

How high school education systems are adapting and innovating during COVID-19

While COVID-19 caused unimaginable disruptions to public education, we saw remarkable examples of innovation and commitment to supporting high school student success. Working with a diverse group consisting of researchers from the Center for Public Research and Leadership, SRI International, the Clayton Christensen Institute, and the Education Trust, CRPE is partnering with The Barr Foundation to map the New England region’s landscape of learning, surface new instructional approaches and strategies that solve essential problems while centering the adolescent perspective, and probe on the conditions that shape high school systems’ adaptations. Products from this project translate research findings into actionable insights for parents, practitioners, and system leaders in New England and beyond.

Mapping the landscape of learning in New England

Sean Gill, Ashley Jochim, Cara Pangelinan  |  Mon, 11/16/2020

Our first look suggests that the New England region’s success in driving down community transmission rates may have opened more possibilities for in-person instruction. But the region’s work to reel in the public health crisis did not translate into definitive actions on all the issues confronting students this fall. 


District Database

Explore individual school districts' reopening guidelines and learning plans.

State Database

Compare how the six New England states are assessing student needs and changing learning models.

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Database of Innovative Schools in New England

From the Canopy Project at the Clayton Christensen Institute and Transcend

Explore a collection of innovative schools and the details about how they’re evolving their designs in response to COVID-19 and systemic racism. These schools were identified as part of the Canopy Project, a collaborative learning project led by the Christensen Institute and Transcend.

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