NDI Global Roundtable Series


Location: via Zoom

The Pandemic and Its Effects on Primary and Secondary Education

Lessons from Chile, Kenya, the United States and Beyond

Co-sponsored by Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Notre Dame Law School, and the Program on Church, State and Society at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame International invites all members of the Notre Dame community and friends of the University to the fourth event in a series of virtual events dedicated to internationalizing conversations on issues of vital importance.

This roundtable will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected primary and secondary education in various parts of the world, with a special focus on Chile, Kenya, and the United States. What are the short-term and long-term consequences of the pandemic on educational outcomes? Where are children falling the most behind and what can be done about that? How are schools, including Catholic schools, affected by the disruption to their efforts to educate young people?

Moderator: Ernest Morrell*, Coyle Professor of Literacy Education; Director, Notre Dame Center for Literacy Education

Host: Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.**, assistant provost for internationalization and associate professor of political science, University of Notre Dame.

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Dr. Neil Boothby
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Dr. Neil Boothby is a Professor and Director of the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child at the University of Notre Dame. He is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war, displacement and abject poverty. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR, and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 25 years with children in adversity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Nicole Stelle Garnett
Nicole Stelle Garnett

Nicole Stelle Garnett’s research focuses on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and two books, Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009) and Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014). At Notre Dame, Garnett also is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a wide array of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-12 Catholic schools.

Augusta Muthigani
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Augusta Muthigani is the National Executive Secretary for the Commission for Education & Religious Education, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is an educationist with experience in management, policy reforms and implementation. She oversees over 8000 Catholic private and sponsored public schools in Kenya. She has been involved in education policy development, management and implementation since 1990. She coordinates and supervises various skills building and values development programs targeting youth in Kenyan schools. At the national level she plays an integral role in planning and coordinating education activities for the Catholic schools. Augusta is a member of the Committee on Child Protection and the National Committee coordinating Curriculum reforms in Kenya. She is a council member of Kenya Institute of Special Education, and a member of the Academic Committee at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. As a representative of the Catholic Church, she works closely with the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya and Hindu Council in Kenya on matters related to education. She is also a member of Kenya's COVID-19 Education Response Committee.

Magdalena Claro Tagle
Magdalena Claro

Magdalena Claro Tagle is Assistant Professor and Academic Director of the Observatory on Digital Education Practices, at the School of Education of the Catholic University of Chile. She is also a research member at CEPPE-UC. She has worked in national and international projects related to digital technologies in education, particularly in relation to the definition, evaluation and development of students’ digital skills. Her research is related to digital society and the new divides, teaching and learning in digital contexts and development of digital skills.

Moderator: Ernest Morrell
Ernest Morrell

*Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an elected member of the AERA Council, elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English, an appointed member of the International Literacy Association’s Research Panel, and convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network. His areas of interest include: The Teaching of English, the African Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, Media and Popular Culture, and Literature for Children.

Host: Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

**Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., associate professor of political science, assumed the position of assistant provost for internationalization with Notre Dame International in February, 2020. His primary responsibilities include leadership of the Dublin Global Gateway, Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, and the São Paulo Global Center; and future engagement with Africa.

Father Bob is a Notre Dame graduate with a PhD in political science from UCLA. His research interests include African politics, ethnic politics, and the relationship between religion, political institutions, national identity, and human development. He is author of the book, Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from sub-Saharan Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015), and several articles on African politics. He is currently focusing on research concerning religion and the integration of migrants/refugees in Europe and North America and the effects of faith-based schools on citizenship and civic engagement in Africa.


Originally published at international.nd.edu.