The unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 are affecting students, teachers and families across the nation. ExcelinEd is committed to serving education leaders and policymakers with timely and useful information so they can support students in the best ways possible.

COVID-19 Policy Briefs & Webinars

CARES Act & GEER Funding

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the U.S. Department of Education made available almost $3 billion for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER). Governors across the nation must be strategic with their use of GEER funds to support education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governors can help students, families and educators in their state respond to and recover from continued effects of COVID-19. To do so, governors should consider four ideas for targeted funding that can help their states respond to and prepare for the continued impacts of COVID-19.

  1. Don’t Just Bridge the Digital Divide – Fill It
  2. Invest in High-Quality Education to Workforce Pathways
  3. Safeguard Private School Education Options
  4. Attack the Soon-to-be Widening Achievement Gap

Reopening Schools Survey & Recommendations

To support state policymakers and education leaders, ExcelinEd has developed Reopening Schools After COVID-19 Closures: Considerations for States, which was created with input and feedback from national, state and local leaders.

This resource outlines a variety of approaches and considerations for reopening based on the following questions:

The document outlines a variety of options addressing each of these questions without promoting one option over another. Rather, ExcelinEd’s intent is to share ideas with state leaders and policymakers—all of whom are grappling with some version of these questions.

Early Literacy Loss: Strategies for States

Just a few months ago, states were facing the challenge of teaching all students to read by the end of third grade. Now, they must also consider the impact of COVID-19 on fourth-grade reading readiness. Transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn in third grade is a significant milestone, and this unprecedented nationwide disruption to student learning will likely have long-term implications.

Please submit any education innovations or resources to for consideration.

General Resources

The following resources feature tools, platforms, information and tips from experts and partners we hope will help you care for your students, family and community during these uncertain times.



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