Understanding the Impact of Coronavirus on K-12 Education


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Spring 2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus has put roughly nine out of ten students out of school around the world, as communities and whole countries try to contain its spread.

Join us for a series of live webinars on how K-12 schools are coping, the move to remote learning and how students and educators are being impacted by the virus. EdSurge K-12 Editor Stephen Noonoo and other editors and reporters will host different panelists to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly evolving situation. 

Some of the topics series panelists will discuss include:

  • Equity
  • Special education and Universal Design for Learning
  • Parent communications
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Remote instruction for early learning


K-12 Editor, EdSurge

Stephen is the K-12 Editor at EdSurge. Previously, he served as editor of eSchool News and as an education editor at THE Journal and SmartBrief. As a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, he edited its quarterly publication OnCue Journal and assisted with its popular YouTube channel Infinite Thinking Machine.


Host Stephen Noonoo

Cofounder of EdSurge

In 2011, Betsy cofounded EdSurge, which rapidly became the leading information hub for teachers, entrepreneurs and school leaders with a commitment to edtech. 

Host Betsy Corcoran

K-12 Reporter, EdSurge

Emily is a K-12 reporter at EdSurge, where she writes about the role and influence of technology in education. Prior to joining EdSurge, she wrote about digital learning for EdScoop and, before that, for Inside Higher Ed. She has interned at HuffPost and The Columbus Dispatch. Her work has been published by the Associated Press and featured in more than 60 newspapers nationwide.

Host Emily Tate

Managing Editor, EdSurge

Tony Wan is Managing Editor at EdSurge, where he oversees and editorial operations covers business and financing trends in the edtech industry. He was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in Education in 2014. Prior to joining EdSurge as its first employee, he co-founded a startup that developed a game best described as “Zelda with math.” (It was a humbling experience.)

Host Tony Wan

Past Panelists 

Future Ready teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at Beaverton School District in Oregon


Matt Hiefield

Melissa Dodd

Director of Teacher Development at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, CA

Diana Neebe

Diana Neebe

Director of Studies at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, co-founder of Explain Everything and a board member of Global Online Academy


Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Chief Technology Officer of San Francisco Unified School District


Melissa Dodd

Melissa Dodd

Technology Specialist for Ladue School District in St. Louis


Patricia J. Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Redlands


Nicol Howard

Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Luis Perez

STEM Coach at New York City Department of Education 

Sean Arnold

Principal, Nova Academy, Beijing

Michael Epstein

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Peking University

Wenge Guo

Co-principal at Yew Wah International Education School of Guangzhou

Aaron Lennon

Chief Executive Officer, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Rhian Evans Allvin

Elementary English as a second language teacher, Knollwood Elementary,

Salisbury, NC 

Katie Gardner

Betsy Corcoran

Founder, ISTE Early Learning Professional Learning Network

Gail Lovely

Research Scientist, Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence


Christina Cipriano

Principal of Madison County Elementary School in Gurney, AL

Amy Mason

2nd grade teacher at Nellie K. Parker Elementary School in Hackensack, NJ

Chrissy Romano-Arrabito

High School Math Teacher & Attendance Coordinator, Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, Brooklyn, NY


Nina Granberry

Instructional Technology Specialist, Putnam County School System, TN

Lance Key

Creative Development Manager, CK-12 Foundation

Lindsay Kincaid

Betsy Corcoran

Mathematics Coordinator, Merced County Office of Education, Merced, CA


Duane Habecker

Director of Virtual and Blended Learning, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN

Michele Eaton

Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year 2019-2020, 6th Grade Literacy

Kyair Butts

Betsy Corcoran

Director, Instructional Technology Initiative, Los Angeles Unified School District

Sophia Mendoza

Betsy Corcoran

Instructional Leadership Support Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District

Dominic Caguioa

Dominic Caguioa

Instructional Coach, Stanford University Graduate School of Education


Angela Estrella

Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John’s Prep, Danvers, MA

Kerry Gallagher

Math Teacher and Director of Innovation and Educational Technology, The Bullis School, Potomac, MD

Stacey Roshan

Professor and K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement Coordinator, Boise State University, ID

Kerry Rice

Associate Professor of Learning Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

Torrey Trust

Summit Professor of Learning Technologies at Kent State University

Rick Ferdig

Director, Open Education Global and Research Fellow, New America

Kristina Ishmael

Research Analyst, University of Washington Center on Reinventing Public Education

Sean Gill

Coordinator, Instructional and Assessment Technology, Oakland Unified School District

Kelleth Chinn

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