COVID-19 Virtual Listening Tour

During the Virtual Listening Tour, our researchers conducted one-on-one interviews as well as surveys, in both English and Spanish, for statewide dissemination. The Lastinger Center received $100,000 to fund the endeavor from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation alongside a matching grant to Impact Florida to help share the findings. They published a number of blogs accessible here.

We published the full report in November 2020. For a more detailed review of our findings, access the Virtual Listening Tour 2020 Report.

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About the Project

The research team designed protocols and mapped out its distribution strategy in May 2020. They targeted communities throughout the state to ensure maximum variation and  representation that reflects Florida’s diversity. Once collected, the data were analyzed and made into five, theme-based briefs. The final report, which will be published in October 2020, will highlight best practices, key themes, challenges and solutions to support future planning and policy efforts at the local, state and national levels.

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Florida Daily: UF's Lastinger Center for Learning

Impact Florida Launch Analysis on How Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted Education
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Gainesville Sun: UF study

Mental health a priority for students this school year
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Gainesville Sun: Make needs of Florida's teachers a top priority

Teachers are pivoting at record speed to deliver education both in-person and online and to meet the growing needs of a stressed student body.
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This project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our partners, Impact Florida, provided reach into several untapped audiences that shape education policy statewide and nationally.

We wish to thank all of the students, parents, teachers, administrators and early learning professionals who made this project possible. Thanks to your time and candor, we can learn from this traumatic experience and develop policies and practices that serve ALL students.

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