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Paul Henry Hanus named first Harvard faculty member in education. Harvard President Charles William Eliot selects Hanus to develop the field of education at Harvard and Eliot's program of school reform.


Harvard Graduate School of Education established. Henry W. Holmes appointed Dean. HGSE is the first faculty to award women Harvard degrees. The new school is supported by eminent businessmen such as A. Lincoln Filene and Felix Warburg, who regarded schools as American society's most decisive institution for the 20th century.


The Harvard Graduate School of Education becomes the first school to grant a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree.


Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree established. The new degree is an elite joint program of HGSE and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Carnegie Corporation contributes $300,000 to HGSE endowment drive, the largest gift to the school since 1920.


Laboratory of Human Development established to examine the psychological development of children in their families and communities. Faculty members undertake some of the first crosscultural studies of children in India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Africa under its aegis. Their work is supported in part by the Rockefeller Foundation.


The M.A.T. is reorganized and expanded, emphasizing supervised classroom internships. It recruits top college graduates and becomes a national model for the profession.


Administrative Career Program started. The graduates of this specialized doctorate program to train educational leaders have gone on to lead many of the nation's finest school systems and educational institutions.


HGSE and WGBH-TV coproduce educational television programs French through Television and How Our Children Learn to Read.


Dean Francis Keppel named U.S. Commissioner of Education by President John F. Kennedy.


Larsen Hall dedicated. A lead gift from Roy E. Larsen, chairman of Time, Inc., established the new classroom and research center on HGSE's campus. A 1921 graduate of Harvard College, Larsen led several national efforts to strengthen public schools.


Project Zero founded by Nelson Goodman to explore art and learning from a cognitive standpoint.


Gutman Library created with a lead gift from Monroe C. Gutman. The building's successful fundraising campaign was led by Frederick A. O. Schwarz, James B. Conant, John Hersey, and William Paley.


Center for Research in Children's Television program started. Faculty members and students help create content for shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company in collaboration with the Children's Television Workshop.


Programs in Professional Education begun, offering educators the opportunity to develop new skills through intensive, short programs.


Principals' Center opened, quickly becoming a national model for ongoing professional development organized by and for school leaders.


Patricia Albjerg Graham named dean of HGSE, the first woman dean of a faculty at Harvard University.


Midcareer Math and Science Program established, anticipating the national need for talented math and science educators and becoming a model for more than 50 similar programs around the country.


Urban Superintendents Program launched, the nation's first comprehensive doctoral program for urban educational leaders.


Jerome T. Murphy named HGSE's seventh dean. Under his leadership, the school establishes several new master's and doctoral programs.


The Emily Hargroves Fisher Professorship in Education established. The chair will be renamed for Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot upon her retirement from the faculty, making it the first professorship in Harvard's history to be named for an African-American woman.


HGSE completes a capital campaign totaling $111 million, including the endowment of 16 professorships. This represents the largest sum ever raised by a school of education up to that time.


Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is appointed the eighth dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lagemann is the second woman dean of HGSE, and the third woman dean of a faculty at Harvard.


The Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) is launched. A joint project of the Ed School and the Harvard Business School, PELP initially works with nine urban school to improve educational outcomes.


Kathleen McCartney is named dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Harvard Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D) program is created. The innovative, three-year, practice-based program integrates the fields of education, business, and public policy in visionary ways, offering students access to the vast intellectual and professional resources of HGSE, the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the other schools at Harvard.


Ph.D. in Education, to be offered jointly by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, approved unanimously by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


James Ryan is named dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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