Yanesia Norris

Wilkes Scholar
D.C. Policy Center

Yanesia Norris is a researcher currently engaged in data analysis at a District public charter school. Her professional interests include education and education policy, and the new “normal” when the COVID-19 pandemic is over. She is passionate about education and education policy, specifically the way in which educational inequity most impacts Black girls. As part of our Education Policy Initiative, Ms. Norris’s work as a Wilkes Scholar will focus on risk factors that might make children in D.C. more vulnerable to adverse impacts from COVID-19.

About Wilkes Fellows & Scholars

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Written By Yanesia Norris

Landscape of student engagement during the pandemic

One year after schools physically closed on March 16, 2020,[1] an estimated 88 percent of students in the District of Columbia were still learning from home[2], as most programs for students in kindergarten to grade 12 remained virtual through the end of the fall 2020 semester and start of the spring 2021…

July 6, 2021 | Yanesia Norris

Economic characteristics across D.C., students, and COVID-19

Most students in the District of Columbia have been learning from home since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020. School closures have likely been more challenging for students living in low-income households than for those in higher income households – households in Wards 7 and 8 are less likely than…

February 11, 2021 | Yanesia Norris