Many thanks to Jeff Dickert, CESA 7 Administrator, for sharing with us the incredible realities that the pandemic has created for school districts and educators. CESA stands for cooperative educational service agency and there are numerous of these agencies throughout the state that serve school districts.
Dickert, a past superintendent, principal and teacher/coach, says our school districts were poorly prepared to pivot education delivery as the Covid 19 quarantine occurred. Schools lost 3 percent to 5 percent of their students during this time, and many parents held back the youngest of kiddos going into 4K. Some lessons: Virtual school can work for some students, but not all; and teachers are not tech savvy. Ultimately, it took a pandemic to bring our education system into the 21st Century. Your insights were invaluable Jeff – thank you!