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Parent-teacher relations were both strained and strengthened by the COVID-19 pandemic

By Bonnie Stelmach, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
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As school winds down for the summer, it is worth considering the past 16 months of pandemic schooling. As difficult as this time has been for schools and families, it provided an opportunity to ask: What insights into parent-teacher relations has the pandemic provided so far?

The adage “it takes a village to raise a child” was put to the test when the pandemic forced school closures beginning in spring 2020. Parents took on a role for which most were unprepared.

With the help of a doctoral student, I conducted a…


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