Office of the Dean

Office of the Dean

A Message From the Dean 

Welcome to the Harvard Graduate School of Education!

Harvard University has long understood the central role of education for producing caring communities, vibrant economies, and contributing citizens. Since 1920, HGSE has been Harvard's headquarters for education enterprise. Our mission is to prepare future leaders in education and to generate new knowledge in the service of improving student opportunity, achievement and success.

The challenges facing education are complex, extending beyond our schools to families, communities, and our nation. At HGSE, we recognize that we are at a significant juncture in our history. Our comparative advantage is rooted in the belief that working at the nexus of practice, policy and research is the most powerful way to improve education. Whether preparing students, working with education leaders through professional education efforts or conducting research, we operate at this intersection. Members of our faculty include research-grounded practitioners and practice-focused researchers. They prepare our students, the lifeblood of our community, who create a vibrant and vital campus atmosphere unrivaled by other schools of education. Once our students graduate, they make a difference in the world in myriad ways.

As you browse our site, you will find rich evidence of the impact that our faculty, students, and alumni are having on the field of education. We hope you enjoy the new site, and we welcome your feedback.

HGSE lecturer Josephine Kim

HGSE lecturer Josephine Kim

Since the spring 2007 slayings at Virginia Tech, Lecturer and National Certified Counselor Josephine Kim has been working to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect Korean-American student populations.

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It Stems from Algebra

It Stems from Algebra

In their new research project, Professor Chris Dede and Assistant Professor Jon Star are using three technology-based activities, all rooted in algebra, once called the "new civil right" by one algebra advocate.

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Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt

Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt

"Sesame Street was the first national television series to feature a fully integrated cast: the hosts were an African American couple, and their neighbors were a mix of other ethnic groups."

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Professor David Perkins

Professor David Perkins

Growing up, Professor David Perkins wasn't especially good at baseball.Yet it was America's national pastime that Perkins turned to when he started writing his recent book, Making Learning Whole.

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Professor Jerry Murphy

Professor Jerry Murphy

"I discovered at Harvard a whole new side of myself -- I was a halfway decent researcher. I also discovered that I knew a lot about practice and really liked writing about the everyday reality of how things actually worked."

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