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Education and COVID-19

Stanford Graduate School of Education is dedicated to solving education’s greatest challenges. The coronavirus crisis has shined a spotlight on deep-rooted inequities and illuminated the critical role that schools play in communities.

We’ve gathered resources from across the GSE to support educators and families. We also look to the future with conversations, programming, and research focused on what comes next.

To learn more about GSE instructors' move to the online classroom, including digital resources and strategies for higher education, visit Journeys Online, from GSE Information Technology. 

Resources for teachers and families

We’ve gathered stories, activities, tips, and resources from across the GSE to support learning and well-being at home.

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Kids under pressure: A study by Challenge Success and NBC News
A study of over 10,000 high school students nationwide sheds light on student well-being and academic engagement during the pandemic.
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Associate Professor Christopher Lemons discusses the remote learning challenges facing students with learning disabilities, and how parents can advocate for their children with special needs.
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Communications professor and social media expert Jeff Hancock discusses why the concept of "screen time" is not a useful metric as children spend more time online during the pandemic.

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Ideas and research

Our faculty bring their expertise to what we are learning now, as well as to the impact of disruption on the future of teaching and learning.

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Reading fluency study shows that second and third graders are roughly 30 percent behind what would be expected in a typical year.
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View recordings of the 2020 Race, Inequality, and Language in Education research conference, which addressed pursuing equity during COVID-19 and beyond.
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Schoolhouse Rocked
In this Stanford Magazine cover story, GSE scholars and alumni weigh in on the costs--and opportunities--of disruptions to education by the pandemic.

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Student stories

Though sheltering at home means many in the GSE community are scattered, all share a continued commitment to education. Read more about how our students are using their creativity and resourcefulness to support education in the time of COVID-19.

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Creativity—and community—in virtual hands-on learning

Mathieu Penot

One of the good things that this situation [shelter at home] brought to me is that I had to reimagine my master’s project. I started to do hands-on workshops online on Zoom. For the last eight...

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Empathy and connected learning

Luis A. Gonzalez

Sending my students a quick text or email is just not the same as standing by the door greeting them with a firm handshake, looking them in the eyes, calling them by their names, and welcoming...

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Field work in the time of social distancing

Ana Trindade Ribeiro

As a social person, I admit that working from home and social distancing hasn't been easy on me or my field research. Still, I was lucky to be able to redesign one project—investigating how a...

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