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HGSE in the Media: May 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.

Howard GardnerHoward Gardner: Listen to People Who Disagree
Forbes India, May 30, 2012
“The professor of cognition and education at Harvard Graduate School of Education taught us why IQ is not everything; broadened the focus of the educators, and changed the way children are taught in American schools—even as he introduced the idea of multiple intelligences in the field of psychology. He tells us the meaning of truth, goodness and beauty in an age of twitter.”

Education and Mitt Romney
NPR, May 29, 2012
Assistant Professor Martin West discussed Mitt Romney’s vision on America’s number one challenge – education.

Welcome to Harvard.com
Harvard Crimson, May 24, 2012
“‘Harvard has a terrific brand; it has a wonderful tradition,’ said Ilona E. Holland, a lecturer on technology, innovation, and education at the Graduate School of Education. ‘When there’s a partnership between two tremendously successful entities, that gathers remarkable attention.’”

Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classrooms
Education Week, May 23, 2012
“The most impressive technology-rich classrooms don’t look like classrooms. Instead, they look like creative businesses on deadline—like advertising agencies pulling together a big campaign, architectural firms drawing up blueprints, or software companies developing new programs,” writes Justin Reich, Ed.D.’12.

Mitt Romney Announces Education Policy Team
Boston Globe, May 22, 2012
“Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced an extensive list of education policy advisers, further adding to the growing roster of voices helping the presumptive Republican presidential nominee flesh out his policies on major national issues…Martin R. West: assistant professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; executive editor, Education Next.”

Harvard Prof: Students Should Rethink Goals
Battle Creek Enquirer, May 22, 2012
Bill Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said in Battle Creek on Tuesday that America’s high schoolers are too often pushed into academia while leaving high school and college without the skills needed by the country’s employers.”

Gates Puts the Focus on Teaching
New York Times, May 22, 2012
“So, with the help of Thomas Kane, an education professor at Harvard, the Gates Foundation began videotaping some 3,000 teachers across the country. It also collected lots of other data to measure whether a teacher was effective. All of this work, Kane says, was aimed at ‘identifying the practices that are associated with student achievement.’”

Are We Asking the Right Questions?
Boston Globe, May 20, 2012
“‘We know next to nothing,’ said Paul Harris, a developmental psychologist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In a new book entitled Trusting What You’re Told, Harris argues that questions occupy a more central role than we realize in childhood cognitive development.”

5 Ways Teachers Can Evaluate Educational Games
Mashable.com, May 18, 2012
“It’s clear that in the age of the iPad, digital games are opening up a world of new possibilities for teaching and learning, and for increasing engagement in the classroom. But teachers must be reassured that the games they are using are connected to instructional goals,” writes Adjunct Lecturer David Dockterman.

A Costly Divide in Education
Harvard Gazette, May 16, 2012
“On Wednesday, as part of the John Harvard Book Celebration, Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Kathleen McCartney spoke about the most effective ways to close the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle and higher-income peers.”

Incoming College Board Head Wants SAT to Reflect Common Core
Education Week, May 16, 2012
Catherine Snow, a literacy expert and professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education who served on the validation committee for the common standards, said she is concerned that Mr. Coleman’s translation of the common standards into pedagogy often ‘oversimplifies and misinterprets’ good practice. For instance, in videos and public appearances, he has focused heavily on the need to radically reduce prereading strategies in literacy instruction, something that has touched off intense debate among educators.”

Study Tracks Growing Understanding of UDL
Education Week, May 15, 2012
“‘A significant amount of this money was used to improve the capacity of general education to serve students with disabilities, not develop separate special programs,’ said [Professor] Thomas Hehir…. ‘All of that [effort] is about giving teachers the skills to teach students with more diverse needs.’”

HBO’s Weight of the Nation: Society, Not Individual, to Blame for Obesity Epidemic
Boston Globe, May 14, 2012
“‘The evidence is incontrovertible that children who are obese are at greater risk for diabetes, later hypertension, and heart disease, and a variety of other health problems,”’ said Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, in a part of the documentary devoted to childhood obesity.”

New Greenwich Superintendent Said to Be a Collaborator
Greenwich Time, May 8, 2012
Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, was McKersie’s superior when he worked as the associate dean for development and alumni relations at the school after finishing up in Cleveland. Asked what McKersie’s relative lack of experience in the classroom means for his new role as a superintendent, McCartney said his breadth of experience was a greater asset.”

The Best Ways To Integrate Special Needs Students
NPR, May 2, 2012
“‘I think that it’s important for people to start understanding that, that kids who have disabilities have a right to be educated in inclusive settings to the degree that is appropriate, but people who run schools also have an obligation to make sure that the teachers and the children get the types of supports that they need,’ said Professor Thomas Hehir.”

Students Who Mean Business Go to Harvard
Huffington Post, May 1, 2012
“Professor Fernando Reimers‘ lesson was very interesting. He taught me something very true: as an entrepreneur, you are bound to face many challenges; however, the key to success is to never lose sight of what you are working towards. Keep the vision. If you have people working with you or for you, make sure that they are aware of your vision and trust them to help you achieve your business goals,” writes Daneesha Murrain, Senior, Bronx Aerospace High School.

Fast Food and a Formidable Dream: How 10 Young Entrepreneurs Earned their Way to Harvard University
Huffington Post, May 1, 2012
“When Steve heard about our impending trip to Harvard, he immediately put us in touch with Professor Fernando Reimers, a Graduate School of Education Professor, who then put us in touch with one of his incredible graduate student, Alyssa Chan. With a team of Harvard supporters cheering us on, we were able to set up a dream trip for any rising young entrepreneur,” writes Jessica Cohen, English/NFTE Teacher, Bronx Aerospace High School.

Education, Economic Development Keys to Improving Cities Like Worcester
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 30, 2012
Paul Reville, state secretary of education, said children in these middle-sized must be immersed at an early age in “literacy rich” environments, and said particular attention should be paid to English language learners. He said factors of poverty that affect achievement in lower socioeconomic rungs — such as violence, mental illness, housing, and access to health care — must also be addressed by the community as a whole.”

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