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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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

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.

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Reopening Recommendations

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy teams up with Chiefs for Change to provide research and recommendations for reopening K-12 schools when public health officials deem it safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Are All School Closures Created Equal?

Assistant Professor Annette Anderson, an expert in educational equity, discusses how COVID-19’s disruption to public schooling has been especially pronounced in schools that serve lower-income communities.

From Classroom to Quarantine, the Future of Online Learning

Now that the pandemic has pushed America’s schools online, will online learning just fade away as we recover? James Diamond, faculty lead for the School of Education’s Digital Age Learning and Educational Technology program, weighs in on the future of online learning.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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Narrowing the Digital Divide

Educators who are confronting a dramatic digital divide between the technology haves and have-nots will appreciate this helpful guide for making sure everyone is learning now that so many classrooms have expanded to the kitchen table.

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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.

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School Districts

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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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Guidance for First Responders

School of Education Professor Sheldon Greenberg’s new COVID-19 guidelines for police patrol officers, security officers, and campus police offer practical expertise in a time of uncertainty and alarm.




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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.