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Schools, Kids and COVID–What was the Damage? What are the Solutions?

On Thursday, April 20, a Drinks and Dialogue event hosted by the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will discuss the scale of the problem nationally and at the state level as well as possible solutions including state tutoring initiatives to help students gain confidence and catch up.

The premise of the event: COVID’s impact on children’s educational achievement nationally and in the state of Colorado has had serious impacts on student’s sense of well-being and student achievement.

The discussion will feature Johns Hopkins University Deputy Director of Evidence Research at the Center for Reform in Education, Amanda Neitzel, PhD,  and local expert Director of Standards and Instructional Support at the Colorado Department of Education Samantha Messier, PhD.

Dr. Neitzel is a research scientist who studies school-based interventions and has expertise in experimental educational designs and quantitative data analysis. Dr. Messier, a long-time resident of Colorado, has worked in the Boulder Valley School District for 17 years in various roles. She currently supports the implementation of statewide academic standards and best, first instruction.

The event features appetizers and a cash bar and will run 5:30 .pm. to 7:00 p.m. at the Salida Scout Hut,  210 East Sackett Ave.  Teachers, parents, and the general public are welcome to attend; no registration is required.

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