June 30, 2020

Schools must reopen. But how, when and in what form?

In the first episode of Schools on the Frontlines, host Carl Cohn talks with Christi Barrett, superintendent of Hemet Unified, a sprawling district that covers 627 square miles in Riverside County, including urban, suburban and remote rural communities.

With fifty years of service as a counselor, teacher, district superintendent, State Board of Education member, and executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, Cohn brings a unique understanding of the challenges school districts face as they try to regroup and reopen in the fall. He asks Barrett about how the district is planning to accommodate families and students who want to return to school as well as those who will opt for distance learning. They talk about the district’s response to the protests for racial justice, school security and how Barrett communicates with the many stakeholders in her district.

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This is the first in a special series of podcasts hosted by Carl Cohn and sponsored by EdSource and the Ball/Frost Group.