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Education in Stressful Times

Here at NEPC, we are holding close our small community and the larger communities to which we belong. Those of us who are parents or guardians are also doing our best to comfort our children and create healthy living and learning environments. We remind ourselves and each other to be generous and understanding when we fail to accomplish our immediate goals for ourselves and our children. This crisis will have impacts, large and small. The hardships it’s creating are universally felt, yet they fall hardest on our society’s most vulnerable. The crisis is also highlighting the multiplicity of demands we’ve put on our public schools and the people working in them, providing a powerful reminder that we’ve entrusted our schools to meet the needs of our children in wide-ranging ways. We are grateful to our neighbors, parents, teachers, children and youth, as well as the workers in our grocery stores and warehouses, our delivery people and public safety workers, and of course those working in health care facilities. As we move forward, we at NEPC promise to continue our efforts to increase the equity and effectiveness of public education and to support democratic deliberation about education policy.

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NEPC's Blog Post of the Day features a selection of interesting and insightful blog posts that apply a researcher perspective to important education policy issues. The views expressed by the bloggers are entirely their own. If you have read or written a research-related blog that you would like to have considered for reposting as a Blog Post of the Day, please email us at

The Initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Learning (IDEAL) uses collaborations and strategic communication of research to assist policy makers, educators, the media, and the public in understanding research related to equity and racial diversity with the goal of advancing opportunities and school success for all students.

The National Education Policy Center seeks to identify and recognize excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps and build on student strengths by creating and supporting engaging learning opportunities for all their students.

The Schools of Opportunity that we recognize will serve as models, informing and inspiring the efforts of educators and communities throughout the US to become high schools that promote both excellence and equity.

NEPC Resources: Topics and Experts

Topical Resources: It’s easy to find all of the NEPC publications related to your topic of interest listed in one place by using the drop-down menu below.

Experts: NEPC Fellows have a wide range of expertise bearing on education policy issues. They also have considerable experience speaking with members of the media, policy makers, and community members about their work. Search for topic-area experts using the drop-down menu below, and feel free to contact a fellow directly.

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), a university research center housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, sponsors research, produces policy briefs, and publishes expert third-party reviews of think tank reports. NEPC publications are written in accessible language and are intended for a broad audience that includes academic experts, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Our goal is to provide high-quality information in support of democratic deliberation about education policy.