Education officials warned at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic that closing in-person classes would diminish K-12 students’ educations. Now, a study by McKinsey & Company documents the loss of learning since then. They show how Native Americans and other students of color are even further behind students as a whole. The study’s organizers point to the digital divide as the main culprit, but there are other factors. We’ll check in with Native educators and education experts about how Native students are doing and what can be done to get them back on track.
Diana Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux Tribe) – executive director of the National Indian Education Association
Esther Nystrom (Navajo) – program specialist for Mesa Public Schools’ Native American Education Program
Kimberly Daingkau-Begay (Kiowa, Caddo and Pawnee) – president of Arizona Indian Education Association and program coordinator for Amphitheater Public Schools Native American Education Program
Sacheen Begay (Diné) – training specialist with EPICS, Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs
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