Public Education in the Time of Covid: Inequities and Interventions


Friday, March 12, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm


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Prior to Covid, access to quality education supports was difficult for under-resourced schools and communities. The pandemic has exacerbated these difficulties and has led to growing inequality and injustice. Nonprofits and the academic community have stepped in to fill the gap with interventions to curb issues like chronic absenteeism, learning needs, and other challenges, though additional interventions will be necessary to meet the need. Join us for a dialogue on these issues with:

  • Michael Brown, Co-founder and Senior Advisor, City Year; Principal, Public Purpose Strategies; Hauser Leader, CPL

  • Darienne Hudson, Ed.D., President and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan; Board Member, Detroit Public Schools Foundation

  • Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Co-Founder, EveryDay Labs

Panelists, led in discussion by Professor Rogers, will discuss their experiences addressing inequalities in public education, and the current crises faced by students, their families and educators. They will also take questions from the audience.

Michael Brown is senior advisor and co-founder of City Year, an education nonprofit mobilizing young people for a year of service in under-resourced schools, which served as the inspiration for AmeriCorps. Brown led City Year for 30 years, including 13 as CEO. In 2020, he launched Public Purpose Strategies, which advises nonprofits, philanthropies and corporations on maximizing their strategic initiatives. Click here for Michael's bio.

Dr. Darienne Hudson is a high-energy nonprofit executive and life-long educator serving as President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, located in Detroit. Before joining United Way, she spent four years as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Hudson began her career as an elementary school teacher in Detroit Public Schools. Click here to learn more about Dr. Hudson.

Todd Rogers is a behavioral scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His work applies behavioral science insights and methods to understand important social challenges and to develop interventions to mitigate them. Specifically, he studies how to help families effectively support student success (e.g. increasing attendance, homework completion, etc.), and how to improve democracy (e.g., increasing election participation, openness to opposing views, etc.) Click here for Prof. Roger's bio.

See also: Hauser Leaders