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Unpacking Research on the COVID Slide and Recommendations to Close the Gap

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Unpacking Research on the COVID Slide and Recommendations to Close the Gap

Presented by John Bielinski, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research & Development, Illuminate Education; Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP, Senior Academic Officer, Illuminate Education; and Kyle Wagner, Ph.D., NCSP, Research Associate, Illuminate Education

Sponsored by FastBridge Assessment System by Illuminate Education

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More than 50 million children have been out of classrooms for nearly six months. While most of these children participated in some form of remote learning in the spring, educators are anticipating significant learning loss when students return to learning this fall. New research from Illuminate Education confirms that students across the board will start this school year behind where they are after a typical summer break.

In this edWebinar the researchers who authored the just-released report, COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss and Recommendations to Close the Gap, review the data and answer:

  • Did certain grade levels experience more pronounced learning loss than others?
  • Will core subjects experience the same levels of learning loss, or will one suffer more than the other?
  • Exactly how far behind can I expect students to be when we resume instruction?
  • What can I do to help catch students up quickly?

2020-21 will be an unprecedented school year. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the impact of school closures on students’ academic skills and strategies to address the learning loss within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists. 


John BielinskiAbout the Presenters

Dr. John Bielinski is a psychometrician by training and has led development of educational tests and educational research in the industry for 20 years. Dr. Bielinski began his career in education policy at the National Center on Educational Outcomes and joined FastBridge in 2018. His expertise is in CBM and modeling growth.


Rachel BrownDr. Rachel Brown joined FastBridge in 2015 after teaching at the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. She has experience as a general education teacher, special educator, and school psychologist. Her area of expertise is Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She splits her time between Alaska and Maine.


Kyle WagnerDr. Kyle Wagner is a research associate at Illuminate Education. He has several years of experience as a school psychologist in Texas and Minnesota. He also has several publications and presentations on topics including psychometrics, curriculum-based measures, and academic intervention. Kyle is currently working with the FastBridge suite of products at Illuminate Education.




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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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