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Education in a Transformational Time

Our faculty, students, and partners are working to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19, both now and in the future. What does inclusive recovery look like? And how might this disruption help us gain ground in creating more equitable and inclusive learning for all?

A Science in the City student using a cardboard virtual reality viewer
New research by Professor Bryan A. Brown shows the impact of connecting VR science learning experiences with students' culture.
Opening slide for the presentation "Rethinking meaningful student assessment" with Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo and Sara Dozier
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.
Opening slide for healthy minds for healthy students, with Denise Pope and Shashank Joshi
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.
Linda Darling-Hammond, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, and Eric Hanushek
Back to school: What parents can expect and policymakers can do [video]
Linda Darling-Hammond, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, and Eric Hanushek discuss the challenges and opportunities as schools and families prepare for a new academic year in the wake of closures.
Title slide from the webinar Emiliana Vegas: COVID-19, school closures, and inequality
Emiliana Vegas: COVID-19, school closures, and inequality [video]
Dr. Emiliana Vegas of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, discusses how governments are responding to COVID-19 school closures and potential impact on inequality.
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Harry Elam talks about how higher education is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and the decisions and challenges leaders face as they look to an uncertain future.
A darkened school hallway with students in the far distance
Education policy expert Heather Hough, of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) discusses decisions facing local leaders as they consider when and how to reopen schools.
Illustration of children with joined hands across a hillside of pencils
Milbrey McLaughlin, professor emerita and founder of the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, talks about what it takes to create a full-service community school district, which could be a model for COVID-19 recovery.
a primary school classroom with teacher wearing a mask and students spaced widely
A new "new deal" for education: Top 10 policy moves for states in the COVID 2.0 era
Linda Darling-Hammond outlines ten policies that could help seize this moment to strengthen learning opportunities for all students.
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The profound civics lesson kids are getting from the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Civics education should encourage young people to lean in to the discrepancies they see between civic ideals and civic realities. Op-ed by Stanford GSE's Antero Garcia and Nicole Mirra of Rutgers.
Opening slide for the PACE webinar on supporting social-emotional learning
Supporting students' social-emotional learning as a force for recovery [recorded Webinar]
Presented by Policy Analysis for California Education, researchers present new evidence that building students' social-emotional skills can improve academic and behavioral outcomes.
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Stanford education historian Larry Cuban shares his predictions about the innovations in teaching and learning that will persist after in-person learning resumes.
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Associate Professor Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo talks about ways teachers can get creative with assessment now—and after in-person learning resumes.
Hong Kong skyline
How Stanford instructors helped Hong Kong teachers respond to a scenario that would soon spread across the globe.
Laptop and a stack of books at home
Our children's education should be a priority as California recovers from coronavirus
Schools are essential to the well-being of communities. Rebuilding them is a critical priority, says Heather Hough, Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education.
a 1930s radio
On this episode of School's In, Assistant Professor Michael Hines talks about the 1937 Chicago polio school closure, efforts to teach at home via radio, and issues of equity in times of crisis.
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On this episode of our School's In podcast, GSE Associate Professor Jonathan Rosa talks about remaking schools after COVID-19.
Jonas Salk, developer of a polio vaccine, in his lab in Pittsburgh, 1954 (AP)
In Chicago, schools closed during a 1937 polio epidemic and kids learned from home
In this Washington Post perspective, education historian Michael Hines tells a story of remote learning during an epidemic—in 1937 Chicago.
Student walking on Harvard campus
What is a college education in the time of coronavirus?
In this New York Times OpEd, associate professor Mitchell Stevens and dean of UC Irvine’s School of Education Richard Arum consider the effects of the pandemic on college teaching and learning.


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