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This report presents findings from a research study the Black Education Research Collective (BERC) conducted to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism have impacted Black education from the perspectives of Black parents, teachers, students, educators, and community leaders. Findings underscored the historical and systemic nature of trauma in Black communities as a result of racism in U.S. institutions, including schools and school systems. Participants expressed concern over the fact that schools are ill-equipped to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of their children and that COVID-19 and increasing racial violence have revealed further their lack of capacity or willingness to meet the educational needs of Black students or expectations of Black parents.
This report collects the perspectives and experiences regarding Student-Centered Learning (SCL) and racial equity in education of a racially diverse set of community stakeholders across New England. It examines how racial equity strategies and Student-Centered Learning practices could be integrated to combat racism and racial inequities in education.