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Reimagine and Rebuild
Restarting School with Equity at the Center

As we recover from the COVID-19 public health and education emergency, it is time to build an education system that places equity at the center so that all students—and especially those most affected by the pandemic and by systemic racism and other injustices—have the support and opportunities they need to achieve their potential. By redesigning schools to be restorative places—where students feel safe, known, supported, and fully engaged in learning— we can lay the groundwork for long-term systemic transformation.

This brief reimagines what school systems could be doing for students, families, and educators and provides recommendations for a restorative restart.