It’s back to school season, but many families are uneasy this year. The suddenness of school closures last March had parents—and schools—scrambling to keep kids engaged and learning. We simply weren’t ready to be that nimble. What have we learned since then? These are the types of questions that keep this episode’s guest busy. Paul W. Bennett, author, education policy researcher, and founder and director of the Schoolhouse Institute, has been talking about the cracks he’s noticed in our country’s education systems to everyone he can. His upcoming book, The State of The System: A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools, outlines some of his recommendations for reforming the Canadian school system. In this episode, he reflects on what we learned in the early days and how he sees an opportunity to move Canada’s school system closer to communities, teachers, and parents. Find Paul online: on Twitter as @Educhatter; on Facebook as Paul W. Bennett; on LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com/in/pwbennett/; and at his website, www.schoolhouseconsulting.ca/. His upcoming book, The State of The System: A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools, can be found at stateofthesystem.ca/. Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research at conferenceboard.ca/.