The closure of Michigan’s schools and the emergency learning that followed no doubt kept students and teachers safe during a global pandemic, but the fallout from these transitions is differing amounts of shared grief and loss among students and teachers. Giving staff and students time, space, and resources to process this will be essential in any plan for returning to learning in the fall.

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Amanda Thorpe has led alternative and traditional secondary education English classrooms for the last 12 years as a remedial, core, and International Baccalaureate teacher as well as a scholastic newspaper adviser. She is a former Michigan Journalism Adviser of the Year as well as a Dow Jones News Fund National Distinguished Adviser. She completed her doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins with a focus on diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in education, and in addition to being a full time high school teacher, she is also a faculty member within Cornerstone University's Masters in Education program.

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