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What Most People Don’t Realize About the COVID-19 Slide

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

What Most People Don’t Realize About the COVID-19 Slide

Presented by Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design, Renaissance®; and Janice Pavelonis, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Carbondale Elementary School District #95 (IL)
Moderated by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance®

Sponsored by Renaissance®



The recording will be posted on this page after the live session. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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COVID-19 disruptions have had a modest impact on students’ reading performance and a more significant impact on math performance. But is there more to the story? And what critical steps should school and district leaders take to get their students back on track?

Get the answers in this research-based edWebinar for K–12 educators and education leaders. You’ll gain key insights from Renaissance’s new How Kids Are Performing report, along with strategies for:

  • Rethinking the typical school day in the era of COVID-19
  • Equitably meeting students’ instructional needs at each grade level
  • Making the most effective use of your assessment tools this year
  • Using the COVID-19 disruptions to make fundamental—and much-needed—changes to how we provide services to our students

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, assessment directors, curriculum directors, academic coaches, and interventionists. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Katie McClartyAbout the Presenters

Katie McClarty, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research and Design at Renaissance. She is the former chief assessment officer at Questar and co-editor of the book Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice (Routledge, 2017).


Janice Pavelonis

Janice Pavelonis is Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Carbondale Elementary School District #95 in Illinois. She previously served as a teacher, literacy coach, RTI coordinator, principal, statewide director of professional learning, and external consultant on standards-based learning.


Gene KernsAbout the Moderator

Gene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension (Solution Tree, 2020).


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