Reimagining the Classroom


U.S. Department of Education

As we continue our conversation about K-12 education and remote learning, we want to now take a broader look at some of the challenges that schools, teachers, parents and guardians are facing. Schools and teachers are having to reimagine the classroom, and figure out ways to connect with students in new ways that they may not have imagined, or been taught, when they entered education. For parents and guardians, with remote learning, many are essentially being asked to be homeschool parents — or teachers aids — as they juggle having their remote learning students at home with their own obligations.  

To hear more about this, The 21st was joined by a panel of guests, ranging from a homeschooling parent to a PTA director and more. 


Ashley McCall, Illinois for Educational Equity organizer, Teach Plus Illinois Board member and policy fellowship alumnus, and 3rd Grade Bilingual teacher at Cesar E. Chavez MAC Elementary in Chicago Public School system

Julie Bogart, veteran homeschool mom, founder of Brave Writer, and author of The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life 

Karen VanAusdal, Senior Director of Practice at CASEL, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, and lead developer of the SEL Roadmap to Reopening School.

Jeanette Harris, Northwest Cook Region Director of Illinois PTA