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By Jill Anderson 06/19/2017 12:25 PM EDT
Longy Han
Children’s books hold an important place in the life of Longzhen Han, Ed.M.’17. As a young girl migrating from China to Australia, Han relied on children’s books to learn English and they remained a passion as she grew up. Even after becoming a lawyer and traveling the world, Han dreamed of one day writing her own book, finally making it a reality when she penned the first book in her series, Gusto & Gecko. Launched in 2015 through the help of crowdfunding campaign, Han’s series following the journey of two dinosaurs that travel the world has captured the interest of children, teachers,...
By Jill Anderson 06/08/2017 2:20 PM EDT
Lyn Mikel Brown
Being empowered is different than projecting an image of empowerment for girls, says Colby College Professor Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.'89, author of Powered by Girl: A Field Guide to Supporting Youth Activists. But to get there may be easier said than done. Girls are inundated with messaging that leads them to believe there is empowerment in looks or  individual accomplishments, and to associate activism with celebrity. There is a danger in that, says Brown. "Being powerful is really about engaging with the world and making the world better in some ways," says Brown, which is a difficult...
By Jill Anderson 06/02/2017 8:29 AM EDT
Maleka Donaldson Gramling
Maleka Donaldson Gramling, Ed.M.'11, Ed.M.'14, Ed.D.’17, was honored to lead her cohort as marshal on Commencement. The ceremony marked the end of a significant time in Donaldson Gramling’s life – one met with equal excitement and relief. “My time at HGSE had changed the course of my life, and opened doors to relationships, knowledge, skills, and opportunities that I was not previously aware of,” she says. “I feel that I am very well prepared to go out and engage in impactful work as a teacher-educator, researcher, and advocate for early childhood education.” As part of Donaldson Gramling’s...
By Jill Anderson 06/01/2017 8:53 AM EDT
Janine de Novais
Janine de Novais wanted to be a professor for as long as she can remember. Now, armed with a doctorate from HGSE, she is ready to fulfill her dream. When she immigrated from Cape Verde to Massachusetts as a teenager, she did well at Brockton High School, and headed on the path of college. After graduating from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, de Novais had her eye on graduate school, but she postponed indefinitely when she had her son. “I thought I need a steady paycheck and benefits," she says. "I didn’t think single moms could afford to go to grad school.” So, she...
By Jill Anderson 05/31/2017 9:21 AM EDT
David Hay
David Hay, Ed.L.D.’17, has come a long way from Antigo, Wisconsin, his hometown of 8,000 people from which he had to drive 40 miles to get to a mall. His new adopted city of New York, where he has taken a position as director of organizational effectiveness for the New York City Department of Education under Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, is just a bit larger. “To jump to the largest school system on the planet is incredible,” Hay says. “It’s humbling, challenging, and really promising. There isn’t another place that faces challenges as complex, but also has talented people hard at work...
By Jill Anderson 05/20/2017 2:23 PM EDT
Center-Based Versus Home-Based
For decades, policymakers and researchers have focused on the question of whether publicly funded preschool, specifically Head Start, makes a difference. But new research by Assistant Professor Luke Miratrix, along with Todd Grindal, Ed.M.’06, Ed.D.’13; Lindsay Page, Ed.M.’04, Ed.D.’11; and Avi Feller, broadens the perspective to con-sider the alternatives: What hap-pens to the children who attend a center-based program, and what happens to children who don’t? In their study, the researchers compared children with access to publicly funded preschool pro-grams like Head Start to similar...
By Jill Anderson 05/10/2017 1:23 PM EDT
Schools that Succeed
When author Karin Chenoweth began to investigate what goes in to making a school successful, she looked at a rather unexpected place: schools in low-income communties that, despite their lack of resources and supports, were showing impressive levels of student achievement. How these schools are succeeding is important to note, says Chenoweth, and writing them off as outliers, as many in education have done, seems to her a peculiar way of thinking. "We're really good at identifying causes of failure. We really haven't been good at identifing causes of success," Chenoweth says. "Other fields...
By Jill Anderson 05/03/2017 2:11 PM EDT
Boys to Men
From an early age, boys are shown that they need to possess strength, toughness, stoicism, and other stereotypically "masculine" traits in order to become men. Many even feel, says Mark Tappan, Ed.D.'87, a professor at Colby College and an expert on boys' development and education, that proving themselves to be "real men" means engaging in negative behavior. "Those pressures are enormous and young men get those messages really early," says Tappan, co-author of Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes. There are many young men, however, who...
By Jill Anderson 04/20/2017 2:40 PM EDT
The conference, cosponsored by HGSE’s Reimagining Integration Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES), the National Coalition on School Diversity, and The Century Foundation, continued an ongoing conversation about the best ways to work collaboratively on school diversity issues. The daylong conference attracted 42 participants, representing most of the national organizations dedicated to working on issues of school diversity, including the Equity Assistance Centers, the Civil Rights Project, Magnet Schools of America, and various university-based centers and projects. “Over the past few years...


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