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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 address the short-term needs of educators and families. We also look to the future with conversations, programming, and research focused on what comes next.


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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New research by Professor Bryan A. Brown shows the impact of connecting VR science learning experiences with students' culture.
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Rethinking meaningful student assessment [video]
Associate Professor Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo and doctoral student Sara Dozier discuss how school closures have affected teachers' ability to evaluate students and share strategies for assessing student progress.
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Healthy minds for healthy students, at home and for the fall [video]
GSE senior lecturer Denise Pope and School of Medicine professor Shashank Joshi discuss ways educators and caregivers can support student mental health and well-being both at home and when schools resume.

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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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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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Hands-on project ideas for kids [videos]
GSE master's student Mathieu Penot is busy providing short, online lessons that get kids making things with materials found at home.
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Down Syndrome and distance learning: Managing school at home [webinar video]
Professor Chris Lemons offers ideas and resources for managing school at home for children with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities, and provides an update on IDEA and the CARES act.
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At-home early math learning kit for families
Research-based games and activities for busy families to explore everyday math with young children. Available in English and Spanish.

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