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Remote Learning during COVID-19: How Families Are Navigating Change

Remote Learning during COVID-19: How Families Are Navigating Change

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On July 26, a cohort of global experts who are into various strands of educational and socio-economic R&D will come together online for an open session as part of the World Bank – HSE University joint series of monthly seminars on education amid and post COVID-19. This time, the session will focus on how families have been able to steer through the challenges and struggles of doing education remotely.

We cordially invite you to an upcoming open session titled, Family Strategies for Adapting to Distance Learning as part of the World Bank – HSE University joint seminar series on education amid and post COVID-19.

Monday, July 26 at 16:00 (Moscow time) on ZOOM:

Meeting ID: 978 4752 8259

Passcode: S!&NppKnq6

Session in Close-up

The global COVID-19 emergency has taken as rapid and drastic a toll on the economy, daily life, and mental wellbeing as perhaps no other crisis of recent times.

When it comes to the educational dimension, schooling saw a mass-migration to remote delivery in mid-spring 2020 on the back of lockdown policies to alleviate the pandemic curve. Ever since, how school students and their parents have been able to adapt to and navigate a COVID-afflicted environment of uncertainty and disruption has varied widely across backgrounds, communities, and nations.

The upcoming Session will foreground research insights from national cases about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected various domains of life and wellbeing of schoolers and their families, alongside its immediate and longer-term implications for education and development. The discussion will delve into such dimensions as children's learning experiences, parental labor supply, gender roles, inequality and poverty, etc.

The Session will primarily focus on the following:

  • Steering through uncertainty and disruption: How COVID-19 has altered lives of families with school-age children
  • How the lockdown and children learning from home have affected parental participation in the labor force
  • How families of various background have been able to cope with challenges of the pandemic environment
  • Family agency: What behaviors family members pursued in different situations (e.g., which restrictions they observed and which they ignored); whether and to what extent they were able to unleash vision, embrace occurrent mindsets, and identify and harness new opportunities
  • What parents do for a living and how it is related to the strategies they choose to pursue in navigating the new reality
  • Longer-term implications of the pandemic for education and development.

The Session will open with two presentations by the speakers, about 20 minutes each, followed by a 15-minute discussion and a subsequent Q&A part. The Session will last about 1.5 hours in total. The working language is English.


Elizaveta Sivak

Director, Center for Contemporary Childhood Research, HSE University Institute of Education

Maria Dobryakova

Chief Expert, Laboratory for Curriculum Design, HSE University Institute of Education

Almudena Sevilla

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University College London (UCL)



Sergei Kosaretsky

Director, Center for General and Extracurricular Education, HSE University Institute of Education


Seminars of this joint series by the World Bank and HSE University are held monthly. Stay in sync with IOE’s digital media (website; FB page) so you are always up to date on upcoming events.

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