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By Casey Bayer 07/20/2017 4:28 PM EDT
James Kim
James Kim has been promoted to full professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kim originally joined the faculty in 2007 and researches the effectiveness of literacy reforms and interventions in improving student outcomes with the Reading Enhances Achievement During Summer (READS) Lab. “Jimmy Kim has made extraordinary contributions to the field of literacy research,” said Dean James Ryan. “He is, from initial study design to the bringing of interventions to scale, an exemplar for any scholar who sets out to do high-quality experimental work in education, and to do it in...
By Casey Bayer 07/19/2017 3:05 PM EDT
Gonzales named Professor of Education
Roberto Gonzales has been promoted from assistant professor to full professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gonzales originally joined the faculty in 2013 and has since been at the forefront of research on the factors that promote and impede immigrant and undocumented students in the United States. “Roberto Gonzales has established himself as one of the leading experts on undocumented youth in this country,” said Dean James Ryan. “His award-winning book, Lives in Limbo, has been rightly hailed by both the media and academia; it has been taught by teachers in classrooms around...
By Casey Bayer 07/14/2017 3:36 PM EDT
A line of elementary school students getting on a school bus
Does repeating a grade help — or hurt — a student’s long-term academic progress? New research from Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Martin West tells a nuanced and evidence-based story about grade retention, finding that — contrary to critics’ fears — repeating third grade does not reduce students’ chances of completing high school. In fact, it improves their preparedness for high school and their performance while enrolled. THE BACKGROUND Roughly 10 percent of children in the United States are retained at least once between kindergarten and eighth grade, West writes. Those...
By Casey Bayer 07/12/2017 10:45 AM EDT
Project Zero’s professional development programs, offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Professional Education group, has been recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as “Category 3” PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing evaluation requirements. "The IB-Harvard learning alliance that we are launching provides our educators with a unique option to continue developing their IB teaching practice with one of the world’s top universities,” said Andrew Macdonald, chief schools officer at the International Baccalaureate...
By Casey Bayer 07/06/2017 1:03 PM EDT
Paola Uccelli
Paola Uccelli has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Uccelli’s background in linguistics has afforded her a unique perspective on studying socio-cultural and individual differences in language and literacy development. Uccelli joined the HGSE faculty in 2008. “I am delighted to recognize Paola for her superb contributions both to our school and to the field,” said Dean James Ryan. “Her research helps to shed light on the variability in students’ language skills as well as what schools can do to help develop...
By Casey Bayer 06/28/2017 9:26 AM EDT
Mitchell Chester
The Harvard Graduate School of Education is remembering Mitchell Chester, Ed.M.’88, Ed.D.’91, commissioner of education in Massachusetts, and one of the longest-serving education commissioners in the nation, according to The Boston Globe. "I was incredibly saddened to hear of Mitchell Chester's passing,” said Dean James Ryan. “Mitchell was a phenomenal leader who possessed an unyielding commitment to improving the lives of children and young people in the Commonwealth. On behalf of the entire HGSE community, I would like to share my condolences with his family and friends and...
By Casey Bayer 06/20/2017 3:02 PM EDT
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Sesame Workshop and IBM Watson recently completed a pilot in Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools of the industry’s first cognitive, tablet-based, vocabulary-learning app. The app, built on the companies' new platform for personalized learning and vocabulary development, is intended to "level the learning field" by giving teachers additional insight into their students' progress. We asked Harvard Graduate School of Education Lecturer Todd Rose, who is also an adviser to the ongoing project and development of the platform, about the Sesame-IBM partnership and innovation, the connection to...
By Casey Bayer 05/24/2017 12:38 PM EDT
Karen Brennan
At the Harvard Graduate School of Education Convocation exercises on May 24, Assistant Professor Karen Brennan was presented with the Morningstar Family Teaching Award. Chosen based on the nominations of HGSE students, the award recognizes a member of the faculty for their excellence in teaching and advising throughout the year. In the words of one student, “[Brennan] is the teacher I have been looking for my whole life!” Her dedication to her students, personal investment, and time spent learning all their names and stories, thought-provoking classes, and more were acknowledged by students....
By Casey Bayer 05/02/2017 2:50 PM EDT
Roberto Gonzales
Earlier this month, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced its 2017 Award Winners in Education Research. Among those honored was Harvard Graduate School of Education Assistant Professor Roberto Gonzales. Gonzales is the author of the 2015 book Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, which explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with less educated peers, and the failures of our country’s current system to provide for their integration and success. “This is the third major book award Lives in Limbo has...

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