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MSU study finds common links between school districts that successfully navigated COVID-19 challenge

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A new Michigan State University study outlines how some school districts have successfully navigated challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers say their findings are applicable to districts regardless of resources.

Katharine Strunk is the director of MSU’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative.

She says strong leadership, trusted relationships with parents, collaboration between general education and special education staffs, and a robust track record with at-risk students have been key during the pandemic.

“Those are some of the ingredients that we saw if you had those in place you could be more ready for a crisis situation than you would be otherwise,” said Strunk.

Strunk said the lessons learned during the pandemic can be applied to future emergencies.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A