Education Policy Networking Series: District Leadership During a Pandemic

| 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Cost/fee: Free
District Leadership During a Pandemic
in partnership with the School of Education and Human Development

As Colorado enters a second school-year in a pandemic, schools and systems from coast to coast have been forced to figure out how to deliver a high-quality education and effectively address a multitude of student needs all while the nation struggles to fight a deadly disease. Systems were wrestling with many of these difficulties before the pandemic to be sure, but the virus caused a disruption of a different magnitude.

Superintendents are often said to have an impossible job, and that’s in normal times. Superintendent Rico Munn has led Aurora Public Schools (APS), Colorado’s fifth-largest district, since 2013. APS is responsible for the education of more than 40,000 students, who come from more than 130 countries and speak 160 different languages. Nearly half of students speak English as a second language, and over 65 percent qualify for federally subsidized school meals. Although in-person classes have recently resumed, the district’s 65 school buildings were closed for much of the past year, many used for food-banks as the district shifted to remote instruction.

Join local and state leaders in Colorado for an in-depth conversation with Superintendent Munn about school district leadership during the pandemic.


Rico Munn
Aurora Public Schools


Parker Baxter
Center for Education Policy Analysis
CU Denver School of Public Affairs
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