HGSE in the Media: October 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.
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Interview: Sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
PBS, October 31, 2012
Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explains her new text, Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free, on Tavis Smiley.
World-Class Education for Students is Possible
The Gazette, October 31, 2012
“Some people believe collaboration and consensus-building are overrated. Until recently, I might have agreed. My time in Iowa, however, has changed my mind. I work as Senior Policy Fellow at the Iowa Department of Education, where I am completing my residency requirements as a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,” writes Ed.L.D. Candidate Ryan Wise.
Reading Law Targets Daunting Problem
Commonwealth, October 30, 2012
“‘We know more today than we ever have about reading and language development,’ [Professor Nonie] Lesaux said at the Boston event. It is, she said, ‘a dynamic process’ that begins at birth and happens in all settings – home, classroom, grocery store, library – where children learn.”
COACHE Survey Reps at Purdue to Discuss Faculty Satisfaction
Purdue Public Radio, October 29, 2012
“The COACHE survey is run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was conducted last fall to early this year. It shows areas where professors of all ranks are satisfied and dissatisfied with their work environment.”
Caution Urged in Using ‘Value Added’ Evaluations
Education Week, October 25, 2012
Professor Thomas Kane and Assistant Professor Andrew Ho participated in the federal Institute of Education Sciences meeting of a dozen top researchers on the use of value-added methods to measure teacher effectiveness.
Atul Gawande: Excellence Is Recognizing Details, Failures
Harvard Magazine, October 25, 2012
“‘What I found over time, trying to follow and emulate people that were focused on achieving something more than competence, is that they weren’t smarter than anybody else, they weren’t geniuses,’ Gawande told an audience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum on Wednesday.”
Coaching Tips from Gawande
Harvard Gazette, October 25, 2012
“Atul Gawande — New Yorker staff writer, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s, and professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) — took 90 minutes from his busy schedule Wednesday to talk about ways teaching can be improved through coaching as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum series.”
Using ‘Brain-Based Learning’ in the Classroom
Education Week Teacher, October 23, 2012
“First, students learn differently and have different interests. Instead of assuming that everyone learns in the same way, teachers do better when they assume that different students are indeed different,” writes Professor Kurt Fischer.
Cuddle Your Kid!
New York Times, October 20, 2012
“Scholars like James Heckman of the University of Chicago and Dr. Jack Shonkoff of Harvard have pioneered this field, and decades of fascinating research is now wonderfully assembled in Paul Tough’s important new book, “How Children Succeed.” Long may this book dwell on the best-seller lists!”
Chilean Activists Speak at Harvard
Harvard Crimson, October 19, 2012
“Two leaders of the Chilean Students Movement proposed economic, political, and social reforms to rectify pervasive inequity in the Chilean education system in a talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Thursday afternoon.”
Activists ‘Do Something’ About Bullying
Harvard Crimson, October 19, 2012
“Today’s youth don’t talk. They text. So when they want to report bullying, they might not turn to a traditional hotline with an operator on the other end of the phone. They need a place to text their written cries for help. That was the argument that the leaders of youth activism organization Do Something presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education yesterday.”
IES to Seed New Methods for Studying Schools
Education Week, October 16, 2012
“For example, NBES member Hirokazu Yoshikawa, the academic dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said he used rapid prototyping, which includes 90-day, intervention-testing cycles, to adapt a teacher professional-development program in Chile.”
Ed School Affiliates Argue for University of Texas
Harvard Crimson, October 16, 2012
“[Philip] Lee and fellow doctoral student Matthew P. Shaw put that belief into practice in August by filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. Lee and Shaw, both former attorneys, argued that the race-conscious admissions policy of the University of Texas does not unfairly discriminate against white applicants.”
Results Mixed on Teacher Incentives
News Press, October 13, 2012
“‘These programs have not been successful at all,’ said Susan Moore Johnson, education professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. ‘The merit pay bonus systems have not really survived, because the districts have not been able to document differences in teachers performance.’”
‘Embodied Learning’ Blends Movement, Computer Interaction
Education Week, October 9, 2012
“Christopher Dede, a professor of learning technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said embodied learning has potential, but there is little academic evidence to suggest the results are conclusively worth the cost, as the field has not yet been thoroughly researched.”
The Immigrant Bargain
The Leonard Lopate Show, October 8, 2012
“Sociologist Vivian Louie examines whether today’s immigrants, especially Latinos, are integrating into American society as well and as successfully as their European counterparts did in the 19th and 20th centuries.”
There’s No App for Answering Deep Questions
The Boston Globe, October 8, 2012
“With smart devices, we can individualize education. We can present important concepts and train important skills in a number of ways, taking advantage of our multiple intelligences.” – Professor Howard Gardner
Early Experiences Predict School Success
EdNews Colorado, October 5, 2012
“‘Early experiences shape the development of the brain and affect the development of other organ systems,’ [Professor Jack] Shonkoff said.”
A Trio of Ideas for Education
Harvard Gazette, October 4, 2012
“The man who helped to reshape the country’s largest school system has a new focus: the nation’s K-12 public schools. Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Monday, outlining his plan for a ‘transformative’ approach to the country’s ailing primary and secondary education systems.”
Harvard’s Cheating Scandal As A Play In Four Acts
WBUR Cognoscenti, October 2, 2012
“On August 30, Harvard Dean Jay Harris announced the largest cheating scandal in memory—and possibly the largest ever at the University. Like others connected with Harvard — I have been there for over 50 years — I was shocked but not surprised. Shocked because the number — close to half of the students in a large class — was stunning. Not surprised, because I have been aware of the rise of cheating throughout the country and, with colleagues, have documented an apparent thinning of the ethical muscle of ambitious and privileged young Americans,” writes Professor Howard Gardner.