The Reading Rockets–NEA Guide to Learning During COVID-19

Mother and two daughters working and learning with devices at home

What can families do to help ensure that children stay motivated and keep learning at home and at school during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? How can schools support the social and emotional needs of their students and address learning loss as kids return to in-person school in the 2021-2022 school year? And where can educators find the best ideas, materials, and tips for distance and hybrid learning? We’ve compiled information for families and educators, and we’ll update this page as needed.

National Education Association

This project was developed in partnership with the National Education Association and Colorín Colorado.

Third grade student wearing face mask in front of school mural

COVID-19 and the 2021-22 School Year

What does the 2021-22 school year look like for our kids, families, educators, and school communities? Here you'll find timely news headlines, articles, video, and resource collections that focus on returning to school during the ongoing pandemic, the importance of social and emotional supports, and addressing learning loss resulting from missed school days, the challenges of distance learning, and family trauma.

Going Back to School During COVID-19: News and Updates

What does school look like during this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Learn more from the following resources, which include news headlines, expert recommendations, and statements from professional organizations. For the most current information on returning to school, social-emotional supports, and addressing learning loss, see COVID-19 and the 2021-2022 School Year.

Social-Emotional Learning During COVID-19

The coronavirus and other recent events have put an enormous strain on families nationwide. How can educators and parents support children who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, fear, food insecurity, or homelessness as a result of the current crises? And how can schools address trauma related to the pandemic itself, as well as events related to racial injustice and immigration enforcement?

Supporting English Language Learners Through COVID-19: Resources for Educators

How can families and educators address the impacts of school closures, hybrid schedules, and the other ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting English language learners? What kinds of support might be helpful during the 2020-2021 school year and beyond?

Supporting Students in Special Education Through COVID-19

How have school closures and hybrid schedules impacted the delivery of special education services to students across the U.S.? How can families and educators work together to support all learners during the 2020-2021 school year and beyond? Which districts have had success in serving their special education population remotely? Find answers to these questions and more in this resource section.

Family Activities for Out-of-School-Time Learning

Here are some ideas to keep children engaged with reading, writing, exploring, and learning during out-of-school time, whether they're interested in science, art, nature, history, current events, or almost anything else.

Online Learning Resources for Educators

Providing high-quality online education has been a huge challenge for America's schools. We've highlighted the best of the best in this resource section to help educators find what you’re looking for more easily.

Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families

The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students during this difficult time, even at a distance.

"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox