How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted social-emotional learning, re-opening attitudes in Pilsen and food insecurity?

Contributors: Nathnael Alazar, Amara Cohen, Gage Gramlick, Rebecca Grayzel-Ward, Lily Levine, Bella Mendoza, Carlos Souffront, Stephane Wallen

Act I: Social Emotional Learning

In the first part of this two-part podcast, we talk to three educators from Chicago’s South Side to learn how student-teacher relationships have been disrupted during COVID-19 and how teachers are working to fix them.


Social Emotional Learning

by Educators from Chicago's South Side

Act II: Reopening Attitudes in Pilsen

In the second part of this two-part podcast, we travel to Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood on the lower west side of Chicago to see how community members and leaders feel about reopening public schools.


Reopening Attitudes in Pilsen

by Community Members in Pilsen (Chicago)

Act III: Food Insecurity

On March 17, 2020, all public schools in Illinois closed in-person instruction. This led to a host of various remote learning challenges, including greater food insecurity as a result of not receiving free or reduced-price school meals. This article explores both the challenges and successes of CPS’s “Grab N Go” meal distribution sites, which were open every day of the week for any CPS families to pick up food.