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JUNE 5, 2020

Equity and the Role of Print

BY SHANNON MAUGHAN, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


Where do physical books fit into COVID-era distance learning?

While much of the picture regarding the performance of publishers’ digital resources during the pandemic is rosy, Britten Follett, Executive Vice President of Follett School Solutions, points out that making the pivot to distance learning has not been seamless, largely due to long-standing equity issues across the country. “I’m hearing daily from our customers, parents, and students about the challenges associated with delivering remote learning,” she says. “I recently spoke with a member of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, who shared that they are no longer calling the delivery of instruction to students at home ‘eLearning’ because there are tens of thousands of students in the state who do not have internet connectivity.”

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