We’re excited to share with you our 2022 Impact Report, detailing our work over the last year investing in leaders who are committed to recovering and reimagining education in DC and confronting the challenges before us by growing high-quality public school options, addressing racial inequities, recruiting and retaining excellent leaders, and fostering equity-centered change.
The last few years have been difficult for students, families, educators, and leaders. The pandemic created a disruption the effects of which we are still feeling and just now fully comprehending. As DC forges ahead with its COVID recovery, we find no shortage of challenges to build schools that serve our students better than before. New academic assessment data indicates that fewer students are ready for college and career. Our teachers and leaders are contemplating new careers after working tirelessly to deliver for our students. And city leaders are less open to creating more options for families at this time.
But, in recent months, the Ed Forward DC team has had the opportunity to join the leaders we support and their students as they reconnect and dive into learning in new school environments and out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. Seeing these students excited to be in school and engaged in learning is a strong reminder of why we do this work. Every DC student deserves a great public school. The challenges ahead of us don’t change that simple fact. And recent record enrollment in our public schools means the work is more important than ever.