We investigate the everyday governance and decision-making practices of educators to care for the health and well-being of pre-K–12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through multi-sited, multi-scaled, mixed-methods, community-engaged research at two schools in the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California, we examine how teaching models for physical and mental well-being are being adapted to online and distance learning environments. Beginning from the initial announcements of school closures to the ongoing contingency planning for the 2020–21 school year, this study will produce: (1) original qualitative datasets regarding hitherto marginalized educational areas and pedagogical practices, (2) analytic frameworks to assess how everyday decision-making practices change within differential school infrastructures and forms of governance, and (3) analysis of emergent adaptive practices in education systems during this extraordinary time and under ongoing community stressors.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University
Visiting Junior Specialist, University of California, Irvine