The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented changes to our world, including our education systems. Amidst the uncertainty, the Johns Hopkins School of Education emerged as a leading voice in tracking and monitoring these changes — and helping schools, families, and communities navigate the crisis.

Contributions from our experts were instrumental in helping schools and communities worldwide adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic and in promoting equitable access to education for all. We partnered with the World Bank and UNICEF to launch the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker, which has monitored school reopening and recovery progress in over 200 countries, providing actionable evidence to guide policymakers and researchers working on COVID-19 response. The Johns Hopkins University eSchool+ Initiative, which supports child well-being through an equity lens, played a crucial role in these efforts.


Annette C. Anderson

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

“We suspect that about 3 million children at some point during the 2020-2021 school year missed at least some of their academic instruction. We are looking at what that means for our most vulnerable children and how it is widening an existing equity gap."

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A former principal and a native of Baltimore, Anderson is an expert in matters of educational equity and adequacy. During the pandemic, from her vantage at the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, Anderson stepped into the national spotlight, becoming a frequent guest and dependable voice in the national media speaking on pandemic policies.

Impact Areas

The pandemic changed everything in education. The Johns Hopkins School of Education remains a leading voice on the research, policy, and practice that guide our response to this global crisis.

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    Research and Resources

    Informed, relevant research and practical resources to help families, teachers, and district leaders.

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    Data Tracking

    Critical data and evidence about the pandemic’s reach and impact worldwide, and global responses and recovery.

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    Advocacy on equitable accessibility of critical pandemic responses and resources across all groups of people.

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    Informed expertise and guidance to help schools recover from the pandemic and prepare for future emergencies.