Reversing Course Series

A recording of Reversing Course: Promising Strategies to Address Unfinished Learning is now available here:


Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and the Ivy Street School presents the second in a series of conversations on the future of learning post-pandemic.

In our upcoming discussion, Reversing Course: Promising Strategies to Address Unfinished Learning we take the pulse of learning in real-time. We ask the tough questions of policymakers, program creators, and education experts. What key programs are working? What can we learn from districts, program providers, and key stakeholders? Our aim is to understand our current reality, how it is working to drive impact, and how we can use program design to innovate and accelerate learning in the future.

Our kids are depending on us and the stakes are high.


Brandon Cardet-Hernandez headshotModerated by Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Executive Director of the Ivy Street School, we will assess these summer months as educators are being asked to design and innovate quickly.

  • How is it going?
  • What are we doing well and what can we improve.

When: Tuesday, August 17th from 6:00-7:30 PM

Virtual Admission is Free

When you register, you will receive information on how to join the event via Zoom and have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Scheduled Panelists:
  • Bethany M. Allen, Director of Equitable Pathways, Office of Strategy and Innovation, Boston Public Schools
  • Emma Dorn, Global Education Practice Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Susanna Loeb, Director, Annenberg Institute at Brown University, Professor of Education, Professor of International and Public Affairs
  • Meisha Ross Porter, New York City Public School’s Chancellor; Summer Rising Program—a partnership between NYC Department of Education and the Department of Youth and Community Development

As we end the second academic year impacted by COVID-19, we are still grappling with questions about how to best move forward, accelerate learning, and support student’s social and emotional health. In our previous Reversing Course discussion, we heard from leaders across the education sector, and together, we unpacked questions about learning loss, content loss, and learning gains. We discussed the incredible opportunities to reimagine our education systems and how we can think about time as a tool for developing people, deepening learning, and supporting students.

Thanks to unprecedented investment and the influx of resources nationally and locally, school systems across the country are using the summer to assess learning, build community, deepen social and emotional supports, and target services to the most vulnerable youth.