“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine the world anew. This one is no different” (Roy, 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous implications for every aspect of life. School, work, celebrations and everyday social interactions have all felt the repercussions of the pandemic. While the shutdown called for an immediate pivot from our everyday ways of being, it has also provided opportunities for stillness and deep reflection. This moment of pause has provided an opportunity to think, speak and act differently. As a parent my hope is that educators will lead the change.

Author Biography

Tara Kirton, MSEd

Tara Kirton, MSEd, is a preschool teacher and doctoral student specializing in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kirton is also an adjunct instructor and consultant at Bank Street College. She has consulted in public schools and PreK Centers facilitating professional learning opportunities on a variety of topics. Kirton is currently serving a two‐year term as a Graduate Student Executive Board Member for the American Educational Research Association, Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education). Her teaching and research interests include race, equity, teacher preparation, early childhood education, special education and partnering with families.



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