EVENT:  The UCI Forum addresses the medical, economic, public policy, business and educational impacts of COVID-19. In this installment, UCI experts join with education leaders for a unique, one-hour virtual forum to discuss COVID-19 repercussions on kindergarten through 12th grade education.

WHEN/WHERE:  Video available starting at 11 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2020. Video link available at https://oc-covid19.org/uci-forum-k-12-education-covid-19/

INFORMATION:  The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted K-12 education for more than 500,000 public school students in Orange County and 50.8 million students in public schools across the U.S. Technology has helped fill the gap and proved to be a useful tool for homebound students. In a post-COVID-19 environment, many issues – among them active learning, socialization and public health – will need to be explored to ensure the best possible education of this and future generations.


  • Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, UCI assistant vice chancellor for educational partnerships


  • Dan Cooper, associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science, professor of pediatrics
  • Richard Arum, dean of UCI’s School of Education
  • Rigo Rodriguez, president of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education
  • Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools

*All of the UCI speakers are available for interviews based on their respective expertise.

BACKGROUND:  The COVID-19 pandemic is the single largest threat to global public health, economy and education. The circumstances provide UCI the opportunity to assemble an expert cadre of education experts, health professionals, business leaders and policymakers to take a deep dive into the “new normal” currently defined and what can be expected in its aftermath by COVID-19.


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