Sacramento-area private schools shifted to online learning weeks ago. How they did it so fast


Source: Sacramento Bee

Taylor van Loben Sels, a junior at Christian Brothers High School, wasn’t sure how her school could transition her favorite classes to remote learning after it announced it was closing.

But then her choir teacher instructed each student to send an online recording of themselves singing “This is Me” from the movie, “The Great Showman,” so they could create an edited, multi-screen video of the class.

In comparison, only 37 percent of families across California said their schools lent their children computers after school closures, according to a parent survey by The Education Trust-West.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.