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HGSE in the Media: April 2012

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Below, you will find appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online.

While many online periodicals keep their stories freely available indefinitely, stories on other sites expire after a specified period of time, after which they can be retrieved by locating the story through the website’s archives, and sometimes paying a fee to do so. Where that is the periodical’s policy, we have provided a link to the periodical’s main page and the citation for the article so that interested readers may find the original article.

Tom HehirState Study Cites Racial, Income Disparities in Special Education
The Herald News, April 24, 2012
“‘Poor kids are being served in special education at relatively high numbers, almost at about twice the rate you would expect in the population in general,’ said Thomas Hehir, a Harvard School of Education professor and former director of special education programs for the U.S. Education Department.”

NE Minn. Schools to Offer More Tech Classes to Help Fill Empty Manufacturing Jobs
Minnesota Public Radio, April 24, 2012
Bill Symonds, the director of Pathways to Prosperity at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said there’s a mismatch between what the economy needs and what many schools are teaching. ‘We see the situation where students might get a four-year degree and then end up working at Starbucks,’ Symonds said. ‘Yet we’re not training the young people to succeed in jobs like manufacturing.’”

Special Education Policies in Mass. Reviewed
The Boston Globe, April 23, 2012
“‘The thesis almost universally accepted throughout the state – that wealthy parents are driving this process – is not found at all,’ said Thomas Hehir, one of the study’s authors, who is a professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and is a former director of the special education office at the US Department of Education.”

3 Hottest Trends in Education Reform
Policymic.com, April 23, 2012
“They’ve [school districts] eliminated policies restricting using mobile devices for learning and they’re interested in developing mobile learning programs as fast as possible. We’re going from districts fearing it and blocking it off to welcoming it and making it a major part of their technology plan.” – Professor Chris Dede

Report: Low-Income Students More Likely To Be Placed In Special Ed
WBUR.org, April 23, 2012
“‘It’s not to say that you ignore reading problems in children — you never should,’ [Professor Thomas] Hehir said. ‘What we’re saying is that those kids should be getting reading help before, for instance, they get referred to special education, and that doesn’t always happen.’”

Deporting Parents Hurts Kids
New York Times, April 20, 2012
“Research by the Urban Institute and others reveals the deep and irreversible harm that parental deportation causes in the lives of their children. Having a parent ripped away permanently, without warning, is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences in human development,” write Professor Hiro Yoshikawa and Carola Suarez-Orozco.

As Technology Changes, Richmond Needs to Keep Residents Trained
Richmond-Times Dispatch, April 20,2012
William Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, told the attendees that upon returning to Richmond they need to look for who might be getting left behind and at emerging employment opportunities to make sure there is a stream of young people coming along.”

New Faces in the Boardroom
Inside Higher Education, April 16, 2012
Richard Chait, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education who studies governing boards and university governance, cautioned against departing too much from the traditional model of recruiting board members.”

Disrupting the Discourse and Discussing the Undiscussable
The Huffington Post, April 5, 2012
“As someone who is dedicated to building a school community that will prevent more tragedies like Trayvon’s, I have found my frustrations discouraging. If I am unsure of how to broach issues of race and class with my peers in the safety of my grad school classrooms, how will I be able to lead these conversations in a school?” writes master’s candidate Laurel Schwartz.

Bully Will Disturb You and Give You Hope, But Ultimately It Misses the Mark
The Huffington Post, April 9, 2012
“To upend the bully culture prevalent in so many of our schools and communities, we must all accept ownership of the problem,” writes master’s candidate Ashley Bryan.

A Core Question
Inside Higher Ed, April 3, 2012
“Public dissent by trustees in the minority can drive wedges between board members and undermine their ability to operative effectively, said Richard Chait, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education who researchers the management and government of colleges and universities.”

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