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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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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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Supporting students with learning differences during remote learning [video]
Remote learning has heightened existing obstacles and surfaced new opportunities to support children with learning differences. Panelist discuss the latest research, practice, and policy efforts and take questions from students, educators, and parents.

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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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Assistant Professor Ramón Martínez discusses opportunities for English language learning while students are learning from home, and shares his experiences building lessons in one California county.
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Stanford scholar Thomas Ehrlich and Montgomery College president DeRionne Pollard talk about how community colleges can navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
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A computer science professor and an education doctoral student studied the online experiences of undergraduate students and discuss how to move beyond short-term thinking and improve online learning for the future.

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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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