Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Cardona

PIQE was honored to be part of the conversation on Accelerating Student Learning with Secretary Miguel Cardona for NALEO 2021 Virtual Conference on Thursday, June 24.

Since the pandemic began, teachers, school staff, and education policymakers have moved instruction online for millions of students, where many experienced significant learning loss due to the challenges that arose with these shifts. As the pandemic eases, students are returning to in-person or hybrid learning programs and will need expanded academic support to address learning loss.

PIQE President and CEO Gloria Corral joined National School Boards Association President Dr. Viola Garcia and 2021 National Teacher of the Year Ms. Juliana Urtubey for a conversation with Secretary Cardona about best practices for academic intervention and innovative ideas for rapid make-up of lost instruction so that all students can thrive in post-pandemic classrooms and beyond.

When asked how he envisioned authentic family engagement specifically for our most vulnerable communities, Secretary Cardona said,

We have to be designed to listen as an institution to make sure that we’re taking what we are hearing and turning it into responsive action … partner with our families where their voice matters. When we do that authentically, we’re going to find that the system evolves to meet their needs better.  

– Secretary Cardona, NALEO ’21