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HGSE in the Media: April 2013

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04/30/2013 3:13 PM
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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.

Paul RevilleLesley University Announces Graduation Speakers
Boston Herald, 4/29/13
“Graduates at Lesley’s two grad schools will be addressed by honorary degree recipients Paul Reville, former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the senior faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and television journalist and humanitarian Rev. Liz Walker.”

Dan Koretz, Reporters Roundtable on High Stakes Testing
Bloomberg, 4/26/13
Dan Koretz, professor and director of the Education Accountability Project at Harvard University, John Merrow, PBS education correspondent, Kevin Riley, Atlanta Journal Constitution editor in chief, and Greg Toppo, USA Today national K-12 education reporter, discuss the effects and increased pressure of high stakes testing on education, test tampering indictments of 35 educators in Atlanta and renewed discussion about standardized test score irregularities in the District of Columbia.”

Soledad O’Brien Named Harvard Fellow
Politico, 4/24/13
Soledad O’Brien — who recently served as CNN’s morning show host — will be joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year. O’Brien will focus on public education in America as a distinguished visiting fellow.”

Salovey Inherits a Stable Yale
Yale Daily News, 4/19/13
“Had they wanted a change of agenda, the Yale Corporation would have chosen ‘outside blood,’ said Joseph Zolner SOM ’84, the senior director of Higher Education Programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a specialist in higher education administration.”

Do Teachers Need Their Own “Bar Exam”?
Smithsonian, 4/19/13
“And just last weekend, in the New York Times, Jal Mehta, an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, wrote that compared to many other fields where quality is maintained by building a body of knowledge and training people in that knowledge.”

Professors Develop Metrics for Teacher Performance
The Dartmouth, 4/17/13
“Standardized test scores and student surveys successfully evaluate teacher effectiveness and identify the best educators, according to a study conducted by economics department chair Douglas Staiger and Harvard University education and economics professor Thomas Kane.”

Adapting Admissions to 2013
Yale Daily News, 4/17/13
“Harvard School of Education professor Natasha Warikoo also mentioned the ‘redress rationale’ — the idea that because minorities have historically experienced discrimination and lack of access to resources, universities have a responsibility to redress it in present day.”

Pupils Who Have Yet to Unfold Their Wings
Christian Science Monitor, 4/17/13
“Early childhood education, or pre-K (pre-kindergarten) has been the new big thing in educational circles for a few years now. So when President Obama mentioned preschool earlier this year, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education took note.”

Girl Rising
The Harvard Independent, 4/17/13
“On March 8th, International Women’s Day, The Harvard Graduate School of Education presented a screening of the documentary Girl Rising. The film delineated the story of nine brave girls from nine different countries who were – against all odds – fighting to make an impact.”

Teachers: Will We Ever Learn?
New York Times, 4/12/13
“But while there have been pockets of improvement, particularly among children in elementary school, America’s overall performance in K-12 education remains stubbornly mediocre,” writes Assistant Professor Jal Mehta.

Influences that Derail Student Learning
TribLive, 4/12/13
Richard Weissbourd, a lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is showing — through research in a range of classrooms — how teachers, principals, school boards and legislators can rescue such kids from dead-end lives before they give up on schools.”

‘Rethinking Pell Grants’: Group Suggests Separate Pathways for Younger Students and Adult Learners
Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/9/13
“The group’s report, “Rethinking Pell Grants” … was released by the College Board on Tuesday. At first, the group of 14 experts—who also included Bridget Terry Long, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Donald Saleh, senior vice president for enrollment management at Syracuse University—did not expect to reach a consensus, but instead to make several broad proposals, said Ms. Baum. In fact, they quickly agreed on the two distinct pathways, she said.”

Fine-tuning Online Education
Harvard Gazette, 4/8/13
“‘The world of online education challenges us as instructors to make our teaching good enough to show to the entire world. But part of the HarvardX mission is to make sure that we are having an impact on our students on Harvard’s campus as well — this is not just about how we can distribute our lectures around the world but how we can improve our practice for our students here,’ said [Assistant Professor] Andrew Ho, research director of HarvardX.”

Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading
New York Times, 4/8/13
Chris Dede, a professor of learning technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, is more apprehensive. He believes analytics are important in the classroom, but they must be based on high-quality data. ”

James Meredith to Accept Harvard’s “Medal of Education Impact”
WJTV.com, 4/7/13
James Meredith, the man who broke the color barrier at the University of Mississippi … will not only speak at the convocation for the Harvard Graduate School of Education – he will also accept ‘The Medal for Education Impact’ which honors people who have made a lasting difference in education.”

Lessons from the Long-Lived
Harvard Gazette, 4/4/13
“‘It’s something a little bit embarrassing for me,’ Pillemer told a crowd at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Wednesday, as he described his work in areas involving chronic pain, elder abuse, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and problems of family care giving.”

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