Covid-19 Learning Loss

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the common types of learning loss
  • Identify the content areas and students most likely to be significantly affected
  • Assess where your students need more support
  • Learn which strategies to use to address learning loss, realizing that each class and student is different
  • Know which strategies to avoid such as compressed content and reteaching multiple subjects at the same time
  • Embrace a growth mindset to overcome learning loss and pave the way for success


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in learning loss, a problem schools already face every summer. The Glossary of Education Reform defines learning loss as the decline of knowledge and skills, or reversals in academic progress, due to gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education. This program will help educators address learning loss and emphasizes the importance of strong teacher-student relationships and positive learning environments to achieving successful learning outcomes.

Educators will learn which strategies to use to address learning loss such as: focusing on students’ social-emotional well-being first; providing individualized teaching; prioritizing qualitative insights over quantitative; enriching student engagement by being prepared and offering multiple ways for students to respond to instruction; and temporarily adjusting schedules to focus on concepts that need the most attention. The program also identifies strategies to avoid and the importance of embracing a growth mindset to overcome the COVID-19 learning disruption.

About the Presenter

Dave Schmittou is a beach bum/educational pirate, an energetic speaker, and the author of Making Assessment Work, Bold Humility and It’s Like Riding a Bike. Dave is currently a professor of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University, a former elementary and middle school principal, assistant principal, coach and teacher. He is the winner of the 2014 Michigan Administrator of the Year award and the 2018 College Educator of the Year award.

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