Sarah Lenhoff, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director of the Detroit Education Research Partnership, joins panel discussion on Thursday, March 18, 2021 “What to do about Michigan's missing students?”
Detroit Free Press, 3/13
What to do about Michigan's missing students? Join the conversation Thursday
Enrollment in public schools across Michigan has fallen. In the fall of 2020, more than 53,000 students didn't show up for class — a decline of nearly 4%. That’s twice as many students as the state lost during 2009-2010, the last year of the Great Recession, which was the largest drop in more than a decade. The figures underscore the disruptive effect of the pandemic on thousands of students’ educations. Some families may have moved during the pandemic because of job loss or housing instability, while others are home-schooling their children. But many students are not accounted for, and educators worry that they aren’t attending school at all. On Thursday, join a virtual conversation about Michigan's missing students at 4 p.m. During this free event, a panel of experts will talk about what decision makers and school leaders can do to find and help students, and help them thrive as schools return to in-person learning. Included on the panel is Sarah Lenhoff, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University College of Education and director of the Detroit Education Research Partnership.