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Balancing Kids' Academic Achievement And Emotional Health

Janelle Scott , Professor at UC Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education
Janelle Scott
Janelle Scott , Professor at UC Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education

After the big disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 17 months, parents and teachers are wondering- how much learning was lost by students being online only?

Studies have suggested that the pandemic slowed student’s academic progress, but a new paper by UC Berkeley scholars is asking educators and parents not to obsess over catching up academically. They say there’s more to think about.

One of those scholars is professor Janelle Scott. We'll hear why she thinks educators should focus on the emotional wellbeing of students.

This interview was produced by Ellen Finn

KALW News Crosscurrents
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ellen (she/her) has a background in oral history, communication studies, and music. For the past two years, she has worked as a homelessness case manager in South Minneapolis. As a social worker, she got to hear compelling stories from her clients every day and is driven to amplify personal narrative as a source of empowerment and change. In her free time she bikes, plays double bass, and does queer stuff.