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Leading and learning amid uncertainty

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

As we embark on the new school year and the challenges ahead, I am reminded of a quote from John F. Kennedy.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Navigating the new school year, we have no choice but to rethink assumptions, navigate rapidly changing circumstances and learn from each decision point along the way. And as if starting the school year during a pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, many of our schools are also dealing with the aftermath of Iowa’s devastating derecho.

We appreciate how school leaders across the state are managing these unexpected challenges, showing tremendous leadership in working with their larger communities, collaborating and adapting learning environments to meet the needs of their students and families. And whether learning happens in-person or virtually, we will continue to support Iowa schools and focus on finding options to address current and ongoing needs.

With the new school year already underway at many districts, we are transitioning from scheduled weekly webinars, as we did throughout the summer planning process, to providing them on an as-needed basis. Please know that our lines of communication are always open and we will continue to keep you informed of any new updates. All current guidance is included on the COVID-19 Guidance and Information page on our website and all tools, supports and resources to assist as you adapt and make changes to your Return-to-Learn plans can be found on our Return-to-Learn Google site. You can also access our Iowa e-Learning Central Google site to learn more about the high-quality core content and resources currently available to support online instruction this fall through Canvas.

Learning while leading involves being flexible and adaptive during a school year of rapidly changing circumstances. It means building a new understanding of what community means in our schools and embracing new technology and opportunities for collaboration. The lessons we learn this year will be indispensable as we forge ahead and emerge from this crisis stronger together.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 20, 2020 at 12:08am.