Expanded Learning Workforce and COVID-19 Advisory Group
Across the state and country, communities of color and low-income communities––the very same communities that make-up a large percentage of the Expanded Learning workforce––are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. CAN rapidly convened Expanded Learning stakeholders across California to surface the impact of COVID-19 on the Expanded Learning workforce. To ensure the Expanded Learning field advances equity- and justice-centered recovery strategies, an equity strategy screen was developed: Considerations for an Equitable Recovery for the Expanded Learning Workforce.
Building upon the Recommendations for the Development of a Diverse and Thriving Expanded Learning Workforce developed in 2019, over 40 stakeholders responded to a survey and convened twice for two-hour meetings in May 2020 and June 2020 to rapidly identify the workforce challenges in this COVID-19 moment and inform solutions that center low-income workers and workers of color.
The tool is intended ensure that recovery decisions, policies, and strategies best meet the needs of employees most negatively impacted by COVID-19. The equity screen consists of questions that are designed to guide the development of solutions in several areas:
- State level policy, funding, and advocacy
- Staff retention and school day alignment
- Emotional and physical needs of staff
- Basic needs of staff
- Professional development, training, skills, and competencies
The equity screen was informed by representatives from EXL programs throughout California as well as various stakeholder groups including: the SSEL members, EXL TA providers, CBOs, and higher education.