Addressing Lost Instructional Time:

Accelerating Learning and Thriving

Students, educators, schools, and communities have faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions to school and life have contributed to widespread loss of instructional time, high rates of
chronic absenteeism, and worsening mental health challenges among young people. For low-income students, Black and Latinx youth, English learners, and students with disabilities, the pandemic has widened longstanding education inequities and opportunity gaps.

The National Partnership for Student Success—a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Education, AmeriCorps, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University—is working in collaboration with a coalition of more than 100 organizations to address the impacts of lost instructional time and help close opportunity gaps as part of a holistic response to pandemic recovery. The NPSS launched in July 2022 alongside a call to action from President Biden for an additional 250,000 Americans to become tutors, mentors, student success coaches, post-secondary transition coaches, and wraparound or integrated student support coordinators to support students and youth. To help accomplish this goal, the NPSS is working to help schools, districts, nonprofits, and state and local government agencies implement, expand, or improve programs that support volunteers, employees, or AmeriCorps members in five key roles that research indicates are associated with improved math and reading achievement and graduation rates, reductions in chronic absenteeism, and improved student well-being and mental health.

Read more about each of these five evidence-based roles and their importance to accelerating learning and thriving via the brief below.


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