There are many people who supported the writing of this book, and we are indebted to their good will and graciousness.

First, we thank Vickie C. Lanoue whose artwork depicting the COVID-19 pandemic became the book cover.

Several teachers, parents, and school-aged children shared their experiences about schooling in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We needed their voices, and they delivered—without reservation.

We are indebted to the professionals who wrote Narratives, 21 in all, spanning Chapters 1 through 8. Their voices and calm resolve serve as examples of courageous leadership. From these Narratives, we gain keen insight about the future based on the lessons they shared with us. These voices made this book possible:

  • • Dr. Jill A. Baker, Superintendent: Long Beach Unified School District (Long Beach, CA)
  • • Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis, Superintendent: Henry County Schools (McDonough, GA)
  • • Dr. Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director: AASA (Alexandria, VA)
  • • Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO: COGNIA (Alpharetta, GA)
  • • Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent: Highline Public Schools (Burien, WA)
  • • Dr. Douglas Huntley, Senior Associate: CSArch (Albany, NY)
  • • Dr. Stephen Joel, Superintendent: Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln, NE)
  • • Dr. Joey N. Jones, Principal: Robert Frost Middle School—Montgomery

County Public Schools (Rockville, MD)

  • • Dr. Katherine Kelbaugh, Executive Director: The Museum School of Avondale Estates (Decatur, GA)
  • • Dr. Nardos King, Assistant Superintendent, Region 3: Fairfax County Public Schools (Falls Church, VA)
  • • Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent: Northshore School District 112 (Highland Park, IL)
  • • Mr. Jeff McCoy, Associate Superintendent for Academics: Greenville County Schools (Greenville, SC)
  • • Mr. Rich Merlo, Superintendent: Corcoran Joint Unified School District (Corcoran, CA)
  • • Dr. Dawn Meyers, Social Emotional Learning Specialist: Foothills Education Charter High School (Athens, GA)
  • • Mr. Robert A. Morales, Retired Chief Financial Officer (Acworth, GA)
  • • Dr. Armand Pires, Superintendent: Medway Public Schools (Medway, MA)
  • • Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent: Marietta City Schools (Marietta, GA)
  • • Dr. Donald E. Robertson, Jr., Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer: Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • • Dr. Susan Stancil, Principal: Dove Creek Elementary School—Oconee County School District (Statham, GA)
  • • Dr. Brian Troop, Superintendent: Ephrata Area School District (Ephrata, PA)
  • • Dr. Calvin J. Watts, Superintendent: Kent School District (Kent, WA)

Working diligently behind the scenes were Sevda Yildirim and Salih £evik, both Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. They stood ready to assist—and they did—in so many ways from start to finish. Thank you is not enough to express our gratitude.

Heather Jarrow, Publisher with the Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, provided insights and counsel from inception to completion. We appreciated the organization and attention to detail provided by Rebecca Collazo, Senior Editorial Assistant, Education.

Thank you,

Sally J. Zepeda, Ph.D. Philip D. Lanoue, Ph.D.

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