COVID-19: Education Equity Resources & Responses

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For the latest information on the response to the Coronavirus in the state of California, please visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page.

The current crisis caused by the Coronavirus affect us all statewide, nationwide, and globally. These dark and uncertain times remind us of the importance of collective work and advocacy.

This crisis hits at a time when California already needs to do much more, much faster to achieve educational justice. As an education equity organization, Ed Trust–West recognizes that California’s most vulnerable students are at particular risk while schools and colleges are closed.

So while school and college leaders, teachers, students, parents, and families continue adjusting plans and responses to the Coronavirus, Ed Trust–West will update this page with useful resources and information that keep equity at the forefront.

Featured Resources and Tools

“School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer,” Education Dive, Linda Jacobson, May 11, 2020. 

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‘The hardest thing we’ve ever done.’ SLO County parents fear learning at home will leave kids behind,” The Tribune, Lindsey Holden, May 10, 2020. 

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“Schools Reopening in July? The Concerns Over How Gov. Newsom’s Idea Will Work,”KQED, Julia McEvoy, April 30, 2020. 

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“Emery Unified Confronts ‘Digital Divide’ during Ongoing School Closure,” The E’ville Eye, Sarah Belle Lin, April 28, 2020. 

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What You Can Do

There are many efforts and actions being organized and led by community partners and advocates across the state. A few that you can support or join include:

Below are resources from across the state for parents and families, teachers, advocates, and policymakers to consider and use when responding to the Coronavirus.

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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.