Reframing Learning Loss Amidst a Pandemic

While there’s no doubt the pandemic has deeply impacted the learning experiences of young people across our region and our nation, calls to focus solely on “learning loss” not only dismisses the resilience and creativity of young people who have forged through three years of pandemic schooling, but also ignores longstanding bias against Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Students of Color (BILSOC) in our nation’s schools. Nellie Mae’s first #EdEquityTalks of 2022, co-sponsored with LiberatED, will feature a conversation on how we can leverage racial justice and equity to reframe conversations about learning loss and uplift the brilliance, determination, and wisdom of our young people. Register today for this free hour-long conversation!


Giulia Gennari, student @South Burlington High School

Law-Rel Butler, lead organizer @Alliance for Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., founder @LiberatED

Alexis Harewood, program officer @Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Jaylee Carles, student @Manchester High School

Favour Ben-Okafor, student @Manchester High School West

Open Letter: Teach Us Everything

Here at Nellie Mae, we are committed to equitable public education and teaching the truth, and those values are under attack from special interests who do not actually care about our students. We are taking a stand in support of education alongside our partners in this week’s Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. Our open letter urges New England public schools to teach the truth and continue to make our schools models of equity, inclusion and justice.

It has become apparent that these fights fueled by conservative voices are not going away. At Nellie Mae, we will continue to unapologetically champion racial equity and quality public education for all students across New England. We hope to have your continued support in the weeks, months, and years ahead during this effort.

For a closer look at our letter and video, supported by and shaped with many of our partners across communities, see below. If you are moved by what you see, please join us on this journey and let other supporters know.

In partnership and community,
Dr. Gislaine N. Ngounou
Interim President & CEO — Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Join us by signing on to Nellie Mae’s open letter.

To learn more about additional efforts to teach truth, visit AAPF.