Report Shows Dallas City of Learning’s Educational Programs Impacted 36K Students in Summer 2020

Written by Bella Pinera, Dallas Innovates, February 24, 2021

In spite of the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19, the City of Dallas, DISD, Big Thought, and other local organizations worked together to provide educational programs to students during summer 2020.

When the pandemic forced the closure of many U.S. schools in spring 2020, students and teachers were thrown into an unfamiliar virtual classroom. The transition to remote learning posed significant challenges for everyone involved as they weren’t all equipped with the proper technology, resources, and support. 

With parents and teachers worried about the exacerbation of the “summer slide” and students developing emotional health problems, Big Thought, the Dallas City of Learning, and other local organizations decided to create a coalition focused on in and out of school social and emotional learning practices called SEL Dallas.

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