COVID-19 Education: How are Louisiana’s K-12 educators?

Three years ago, Louisiana’s K-12 educators, principals, support staff, paraprofessionals, and specialists faced one of the biggest –and most difficult– challenges of their careers: the coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19.  They quickly adjusted in order to transition into virtual learning environments during the height of the pandemic. They transitioned back into schools bearing multiple COVID-restrictions along with hybrid learning. And, they had to develop creative ways to educate, learn new technology, and keep their classrooms as “normal and safe” as possible. They did this while facing isolation, sickness, and shifts to their home environments due to the imposing pandemic.

Today, with most of K-12 learning and school activities returning back to normal, journalists with the Jozef Syndicate are asking “How are Louisiana’s Black educators? How did they pivot during COVID? What do educators need now?”

Read the series below.

Be a part of the story. Educators in Louisiana are invited to complete this survey  and share their experiences. 

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Three years of COVID, survey shows Louisiana educators experience an array of emotions 

Forty Louisiana educators completed an online survey designed to understand—as much as possible—the impact three years of the coronavirus pandemic has had on Louisiana educators, including paraprofessionals, teaching staff, and principals.  Overall, their responses spanned every emotion: fearful, depressed, isolated, unsupported, less-than-human, proud of their adaptability, happy for new connections, and motivated. Read…

Educators quickly responded to COVID-19 but how has it impacted them?

Black K-12 educators said they would dress as if they were going to work, disconnect from COVID reports which fed their fears, and stay focused on their children to keep their spirits up during the three-year pandemic. “For me, prayer was my saving grace,” said Zanetta Trahan, a high school teacher in Baton Rouge. Read…

Where were you on March 9, 2020? Black educators remember the early days of COVID-19

Many people may not remember that date. However, engrained in the memories of many Louisiana teachers is Thursday, March 12, 2020, when Governor John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency, closed all K-12 public schools, and banned gatherings. Black K-12 educators in Louisiana said they overcame chaos, fears, and challenges during the COVID pandemic. Read…

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