COVID-19 school closure, rural education, online teaching, K-12 schools, Alaska
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and education moved online in the spring of 2020. With in-person classes canceled, the normal structure of school for K-12 students, teacher candidates, and their mentors disappeared. School districts scrambled to provide technology, develop schedules, and modify grading policies. Teacher preparation programs had to quickly determine acceptable student-teaching experiences and how candidates could demonstrate teaching competency. In this essay, we reflect on how stakeholders in parts of rural Alaska experienced the rapid transition to online instruction. We also share our vision for an education that includes a digital future without reinforcement of previous inequalities. Strengthening teacher education, providing meaningful professional development, and recognizing and valuing educators as the professionals they are is more necessary now than ever.
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Kaden, Ute and Martin, Karen
"COVID-19 School Closure Experiences in rural Alaska and reimagining the Roles of Education and Teachers,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 15
, Article 11.