COVID-19 Education Resources

COVID-19: A Changing Landscape in Education

American education will be transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, and eventually, the recovery. As a leader in evidence-based educational policy and practice, the Johns Hopkins School of Education is on the front lines shaping how our profession responds to the challenges. This site is a trove of timely and relevant research, expertise, guidance, and resources to help families, teachers, and district leaders emerge from the crisis stronger than ever. Updated regularly. Please share.

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Impossible—or Imperative?

In this five-part webinar series, national education experts—including Bob Slavin, Rick Hess, and Sonja Santalises—explore the enormous hurdles K-12 schools face as they work to reopen in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, as well as unexpected lessons and opportunities.

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Are Extracurriculars Essential to Engagement?

Professor Bob Balfanz talks to The 74 about the surprising connection between school activities and school engagement. From drama to debate to the dugout, extracurricular activities keep kids—and their families—connected to schools.

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Doctors Draw Double Duty

Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and the Health Education and Training (HEAT) Corps teamed up with Johns Hopkins medical doctors to teach Baltimore schoolkids how to avoid COVID-19.

Tutoring as an effective strategy in our troubled times

Two prominent Johns Hopkins experts, Robert Slavin and David Steiner, say tutoring stands out as an intervention that can be implemented quickly, and at reasonable cost, to offset COVID-19-related learning loss.

Experts share strategies for safely reopening schools

Chief among the recommendations are practicing physical distancing in schools, providing federal funding to support schools, and ensuring community transmission of coronavirus is under control in surrounding areas

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School Closures Could Amplify Knowledge Gaps

The true extent of the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 students won’t be known for some time, but education expert Jonathan Plucker warns that school closures will worsen the vast disparities that already exist in most classrooms.

Voices+Opinion

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Opinion

Redefining school

Annette C. Anderson

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OPINION

The Urgency and Challenge of Opening K-12 Schools in the Fall of 2020

Joshua M. Sharfstein and Christopher C. Morphew

Johns Hopkins K-12 School Reopening Policy Tracker

A multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has launched a new website that provides a range of tools dedicated to assessing and guiding K-12 school reopening plans across the United States, including a School Reopening Policy Tracker that provides real-time analysis of the latest guidance documents from every state.

There has never been a greater need for schools of education to be relevant. It is time to come together and offer teachers, families, districts, and communities the very best of our research-to-practice expertise.

Christopher C. Morphew
Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education

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Resources For

Families

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SOE Students Create Vivi, a Virtual College Counselor

To help high school students through the college application process during COVID-19, PhD students Zyrashae Smith, Nathaniel Dewey, and Juan Cortes combined their experience in college access and computer programming to create Vivi, a web-based counseling program.

Keep the Light On

From an interactive rendering of Dante’s Inferno to a real-time replay of the first moon landing, kids of all ages will light up at this list of 100 online education resources from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

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A Homeschooler’s Primer

Two mothers who are certified teachers and education researchers at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy offer tips and resources to make our nationwide involuntary experiment in homeschooling work for all.

Less-Distant Distance Learning

Linda Carling, of the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education, offers eight great tips to help you help your kids stay focused and engaged during the relatively new experience of distance learning.

Civics Starts at Home

Parents: One day, your children will be eligible to vote—and run for office. This friendly at-home guide from the experts at the Institute for Education Policy can help you nurture engaged citizens.

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Video Lessons Galore

A resource for neophyte homeschoolers of pre-K and early elementary-age kids from the Success for All Foundation. This well runs deep.

Resources For

Teachers

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Boosting Relationships with Families of Students with Disabilities

Linda Carling of the Center for Technology in Education offers tips for teachers to stay connected to families of students with disabilities in this challenging age of virtual learning.

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Special Times for Special Needs

These grave times are especially risky for special-needs students. Here’s a look at the educational challenges these kids and their parents face and tips for successfully negotiating the shift to online learning.

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Social Distance Without Social Isolation

In an article published by the American Consortium for Equity in Education, Assistant Professor Carey Borkoski and co-author Brianne Roos consider how adopting a community of inquiry framework might help close the “transactional distances” of learning during a pandemic.

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Making Assistive Technology Go the Distance

Assistive technology can be a critical education resource for students with disabilities. Mark Trexler, associate research scientist at the Center for Technology in Education, offers five key tips for using AT effectively during distance learning.

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The Value of Connectedness

In a video presentation, Robert Balfanz talks about what makes a school truly connected to its community and why connectedness is so important for adolescents when schools go remote.

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Free TIPS for Pre-K–12 Educators

For teachers whose students do not have computers or Internet access at home, the National Network of Partnership Schools is offering free access to Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) Interactive Homework activities for elementary and middle grades.

Resources For

School Districts

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Promising Partnership Practices 2020

Schools, districts, and organizations alike can benefit from this collection of best practices from the National Network of Partnership Schools. This year’s edition includes several well-developed family and community activities prompted by COVID-19 school closures.

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Supporting Teachers

The wellbeing of teachers is a vital component of educational outcomes. The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy offers a new resource, co-authored by School of Education Assistant Professor Lieny Jeon, which examines teacher stress and second-hand trauma—and how schools can support teachers during re-entry.

Schools Closed, Minds Open

Saying that technology inequality cannot persist, David Steiner of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, discusses the impact of school closures on learning and how districts are responding to the difficult realities of online learning. 

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Other COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Resource Center

A one-stop repository for all things COVID-19, assembled by the world’s leading experts at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Maps, data, advice, news. It’s all here.

Roundup of School Closures 

Read the latest roundup of COVID-19 news and subscribe to receive regular newsletters from expert voices at the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Campus-wide Coverage

A resource for faculty, students, and staff at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on the health and well-being of the university community and continuity of university operations. Daily updates.