HCM Strategists Launches New Education Policy Series Addressing Issues Caused by COVID-19

By Mac Walker -

HCM Strategists Launches New Education Policy Series Addressing Issues Caused by COVID-19

The First Installment in the Series Discusses Equity Concerns as College Instruction Goes Remote

This Series Will Also Expand HCM’s Work on #PromisingPolicy: Driving Better Outcomes and Equity in Education

Washington, D.C. – HCM Strategists, one of the nation’s leading advocacy and public policy firms, today announced the launch of a new blog series exploring different issues facing the field of education following the COVID-19 pandemic. This new series is titled, “Addressing COVID-19 Concerns in Education,” and will identify emerging and necessary policies and practices across schools, institutions of higher education, federal and state government for postsecondary and K-12 education.

For the past year, HCM has been highlighting #PromisingPolicy by working to inform the development, adoption and refinement of impactful policies that advance equitable student outcomes. As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to develop, HCM affirms that issues of equity in education have never been more evident. This new blog series will further examine promising policies at the institutional, state and federal levels that could be instituted or improved.

“Our expert staff is using their extensive expertise to address important issues facing students and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Terrell Halaska Dunn, managing partner at HCM Strategists. “These issues are dramatically impacting the daily lives of students, and we hope that this series offers consistent insight into postsecondary and K-12 education policy during these uncertain times.”

“This unprecedented event has shaken the landscape of postsecondary and K-12 education as we know it,” said HCM partner Kristin Hultquist. “This blog series will allow our firm’s knowledgeable staff to offer important thought leadership to help improve student success and education policy. As HCM has sought to impact the field with #PromisingPolicy, we will now use this same expertise to help students during this crisis.”

The first installment in the series discusses student equity concerns as college instruction goes remote and highlights four ways postsecondary institutions and government can adjust spring 2020 policies to help students complete successfully. The piece is titled “Addressing Equity Concerns as College Instruction Goes Remote” by HCM Senior Associate Juana H. Sánchez. 

“Most institutions made great sacrifices to road test technology systems, ramp up faculty training and devise new guidelines for remote instruction to minimize learning interruptions,” writes HCM Senior Associate Juana H. Sánchez. “Yet, despite their best efforts to maintain high-quality instruction, the shift to remote learning has highlighted the inequities that low-income students are facing.”

Juana H. Sánchez currently serves as a senior associate on HCM’s postsecondary team. In this role, Juana supports colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations, state agencies and foundations in advancing policy to increase postsecondary attainment and close racial equity gaps. Leveraging her diverse background in higher education administration, collective impact, and policy analysis, Juana supports various national projects. She provides a range of services, including strategy development, convening and facilitation support, and policy research.

Stay tuned for more in this new policy series as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact both postsecondary and K-12 education. Follow @HCMStrat on Twitter and use the hashtags #EdAfterCOVID19 and #PromisingPolicy to join the conversation.

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