HGSE in the Media: August 2012By newseditor
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.
Over and Done
Harvard Magazine, September-October 2012
“Each life, obviously, confronts an ultimate exit. But there are plenty of lesser exits—departures, if you will—along the way. In her new book, Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Fisher professor of education, deploys her skills as sociologist and storyteller to probe these transitions.”
Evaluating ELLs for Special Needs a Challenge
Education Week, August 29, 2012
“Faced with a class action five years ago over the poor quality of its special education services, the San Diego school district hired Thomas Hehir, a Harvard Graduate School of Education professor and a former special education chief in the federal Education Department, to take a hard look at how students were faring.”
Causality in the Classroom
US News & World Report, August 24, 2012
“‘We walk around and see certain kinds of patterns and relationships, but our attention is constrained in each of these instances,’ says Tina Grotzer, associate professor of education at Harvard’s graduate school of education and director of the Understandings of Consequence Project. “‘We don’t necessarily see the connections between causes and effects when they are spread out, or happen over time, or are distributed among lots of different people.’”
Poll Hints at Tight Race on Education Issues
Education Week, August 22, 2012
“‘I don’t think we need to choose between addressing the fiscal situation and improving the quality of schools,’ said [Assistant Professor Martin] West, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “’Governor Romney’s message emphasizing the importance of both seems to be resonating with voters.’”
Repeating Grades: More States Requiring Students To Be Held Back, Is It The Right Thing To Do?
Huffington Post, August 20, 2012
“The report, which examined a decade-old retention policy in Florida, was authored by [Assistant Professor] Martin West of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He argues that ‘the decision to retain a student is typically made based on subtle considerations involving ability, maturity, and parental involvement that researchers are unable to incorporate into their analyses.’”
Teens Learn and Earn at Harvard
Harvard Gazette, August 17, 2012
“‘It’s not just about working, coming in and doing your job, but you’re finding out who you are, what you want to do, and also learning skills that can apply to school,’ said Eunice Offre, a recent Cambridge Rindge & Latin School graduate. Offre spent her summer working at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) doing data entry and research.”
Special Education Reform Brings City More In Line With National Trend
WNYC, August 9, 2012
“‘I think there has been a culture in New York City that kids with disabilities belong in a different place,’ said Thomas Hehir, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the former director of the federal government’s Office of Special Education Programs.”
American Dreams, American Realities
WBUR, August 9, 2012
“Why is that people all over the world admire a whole slew of American institutions, at the very time that we seem to be doing our best to destroy those institutions? That’s the question that my colleagues and I have been asking. It grows out of our GoodWork Project — a large-scale research initiative we’ve been working on for nearly two decades. In an effort to determine what constitutes ‘good work’ in various sectors of American life, we’ve conducted in-depth interviews with approximately 1,500 people, ranging from seasoned professionals to recent immigrants,” writes Professor Howard Gardner.
Fear Giving Way to App-friendly Classrooms
Lincoln Journal Star, August 9, 2012
“As with textbooks and other material, teachers need to critically assess how digital games address the learning objective while reinforcing the learning skills they need to understand the concept, according to David Dockterman, chief architect of learning sciences at Scholastic Education and a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is one of the creators of the acclaimed educational math game, Sushi Monster.”
Can Technology Replace Teachers?
Education Week, August 8, 2012
“‘Effectively, the country is asking our schools to provide all students with skills that, 40 years ago, only a small percentage mastered,’ [Professor Richard] Murnane said, referring to the new push for college and career readiness. ‘So that’s just a dramatic new demand on the nation’s educators, and it’s important in my mind to frame it that way.’”