We are excited for the start of the new school year next week and the return to in-person learning for students and teachers in order to close the achievement gaps that have widened during the pandemic.
This school year, HEF has reopened our Teaching Tools Resource Center to ensure teachers at our Title I schools have access to the basic supplies students need for academic success. We will continue to work tirelessly to close the digital divide and provide a hybrid of in-person/virtual mentoring, college and career readiness programs, classroom grants, scholarships and more.
Over the past year, we have learned many lessons and some of the disruptive changes in education from COVID-19 have offered opportunities that we can continue to support our students and bridge inequities. That is the focus for our EmpowerED luncheon on September 15th: how we are emerging stronger as a community to deliver education for any circumstance. We hope you will join us for this engaging conversation, led by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor as our keynote speaker.
On behalf of all of us at HEF, we wish students, teachers and families a safe and successful school year!