Thank you for joining us for our virtual event, “The Education Gap & Low-Income Students of Color”! If you missed the panel or would like to rewatch, click the video below and make sure to share it with your family and friends. We look forward to continuing this important and timely conversation!

About the Event:

Access to high-quality education has long been an issue for communities of color. COVID-19 exacerbated existing inequities in our education system for children in low-income communities. The shift to virtual learning in 2020 was necessary for many reasons but also underscored the lack of digital equity that disproportionately impacts Black and Brown families. Many students have had to take on additional responsibilities during the pandemic, taking care of parents who have contracted COVID, helping younger siblings navigate virtual learning, and working to help provide for their families. Over the past year, we have seen students from low-income DC families fall further behind in their studies than classmates with access to more resources. As students prepare for a full return to the classroom this fall, how can we help them navigate the widening education gap? 

Listen to our panel about the current education landscape, challenges faced by at-risk students in the classroom and the roles we can play in improving the learning experience for all DC students. 


  • Ashley Jeffrey, Director of Special Projects at Washington Leadership Academy
  • Carla Watson, Chief Program Officer at Higher Achievement
  • Phyllis Jordan, FutureEd Editorial Director & Housing Up Board of Directors 
  • Moderated by Christina Peay, Housing Up VP of Philanthropy & Communications

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