June 8, 11:00a (PT) - Supporting COVID-19 Recovery for Students with Disabilities (Future Ready Libraries/Alliance for Excellent Education) - Join us for a conversation about recent research on academic growth for students in special education before the pandemic and implications for policies and practices designed to spur COVID recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted historically under-served students much more severely than their peers. With the oscillation between learning environments over the past year, it has been difficult for schools to provide the learning services necessary for students with disabilities to succeed, and they have suffered disproportionately from the reduction in instructional time and disconnection from their school communities. At the same time, the disruption in assessment systems at the state and local levels has made it challenging to quantify the unfinished learning. Fortunately, the unprecedented influx of federal funding for K-12 education, most recently through the American Recovery Plan, presents an opportunity to accelerate learning and provide supports for our most vulnerable communities, including students with disabilities.
June 17, 12:00-3:00p (PT) - Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World (Library 2.021) - The second Library 2.021 mini-conference: "Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons. Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.