Education Policy

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The five cornerstones of an effective policy, from Washington D.C.
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Why does school-based bullying happen? We went to the source and asked students for insight.
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New tools to help educators and support students in controversial scenarios.
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A primer on presidential transitions, Betsy DeVos, and how federal policy trickles down.
Ivy
Strategies for guiding undocumented students to college.
The Problem with School Choice
Why using competition to improve the education market isn’t so simple.
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Anti-Muslim bullying is different from other types of harassment. Here’s how schools can work against it.
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Educating a new generation of global citizens prepared to create, collaborate, and navigate the world’s complexities.
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After a shocking end to the 2016 election, faculty experts assess the future.
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Second Lady Jill Biden and fellow teachers lead the drive to support the educational and social-emotional needs of military children.
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A conversation with Jeb Bush about challenges in education (and government).
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
Exploring Affirmative Action
What colleges — and college students — get wrong about diversity on campus.
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An effective social-emotional learning program has to be a whole-school initiative.
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How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Dyslexia
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
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Launching a community-wide effort to break down the barriers to success for low-income students.
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Technology is changing the way young people understand their impact and engage with the world.
Ethics in the Classroom
A new way to find and explore the "right" responses to the toughest classroom dilemmas.
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Digging into the politics of education in an election year to find out what the candidates are talking about — or not.
Takeover to Turnaround
What states and schools can learn from the Massachusetts takeover of Lawrence Public Schools.
Should I Be Worried?
The deceptive nature of proficiency as a measure of student progress — and how to fix the funhouse mirror
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Superintendents should draw on a strong team and a foundation of community trust when making decisions.
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New study shows MOOCs have not yet fulfilled their promise as a force for equity.
What Big Data Means
The rise of data science could dramatically expand what we know about learning, teaching, and schooling, a new report finds.
Science Ed
Amid STEM enthusiasm, stepping back to consider the broader purpose of teaching and learning science.
KAthy Boudett
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Fernando Reimers
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Mandy Savitz-Romer
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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What will it take to design an education system that prepares 21st-century learners?
Paul Reville
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Making Incentives Work
Scholarships have greater impact when given to kids who are told they are high performers, new study finds.
Garden
Harvard’s education faculty answer the question that lies at the heart of their work.
David Deming
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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Project Zero works to expand our view of childhood and its civic possibilities.
Testing
As educators in Atlanta face jail time, an expert weighs in on where we’ve gone wrong with standardized tests.
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In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Resilient kids
How we can change our policies to help disadvantaged kids cope and thrive.
Resilient Kids
Why some children can thrive despite adversity.
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Does the transparency permitted by Open Meeting Law help or hinder the hunt for top educational leaders?
Karen Brennan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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Four points on what works, and what doesn’t, in evaluating education policy.
Tom Hehir
A book focusing on students with disabilities at Harvard challenges stereotypes and bias while highlighting the themes of their success.
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How a global partnership is changing the educational landscape for children living in conflict.
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The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
Nancy Hill
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Andrew Ho
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Mirror
Ron Ferguson talks about opportunity, achievement, and raising the bar for all students.
Incentives
How effective are cash transfer programs at expanding access to education in the developing world?
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In a new video, HGSE researchers describe their contributions to UN efforts to improve education for refugee children around the world.
Richard Weissbourd
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
James Ryan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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As more attention is paid to the “soft skills” of students — including grit and persistence — a new article delves into the reliability of their measurement.
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One state’s experience with the Lead for Literacy framework in its drive for 100 percent third-grade reading proficiency.
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Karen Mapp describes the origins and goals of the new framework adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.
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A White House report emphasizes the critical role of effective counseling and calls for enhanced training and support.
Ferguson, Missouri
In this EdCast, Visiting Scholar Richard Rothstein explores the historical roots of the enduring segregation that undermines urban schools.
Professor Paul Reville
Professor Paul Reville provides eight steps to building an education system that delivers on the promise of excellence and equity.
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Associate Professor David Deming takes a look at how the credentials of graduates from for-profit institutions fare in today's competitive job market.
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The Strategic Data Project provides a roadmap for schools awash in data but lacking a strategy to use it.
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In a video roundtable, HGSE experts explore the challenges of implementing America’s new standards.
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A series of briefs aims to offer focus, strategy, and support to policymakers and practitioners on educating America’s youngest students.
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Associate Professor Natasha Kumar Warikoo sat down for an EdCast to discuss her recent work analyzing how students at elite institutions understand merit in admissions.
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Academic Dean Bridget Terry Long highlights how we can improve the way we prepare students for college-level coursework.
Professor Andrew Ho
Andrew Ho assesses current approaches to measuring proficiency among students and schools — and proposes alternative metrics.
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A look at how court decisions across the United States are impacting education policy.
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James Kim has found that oral reading and comprehension modeling or "scaffolding" can make a significant difference.
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A 2009 report establishes the extent to which different kinds of schools have produced significant achievement gains in Boston.
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Associate Professor Jal Mehta explores the various factors that drive — or impede — sound educational policy.
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A policy brief aims to help educational leaders make informed choices about what kind of data is useful, how to collect it, and how to apply it.
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Understanding the impact of stress during a child's early development can pave the way for proper interventions.
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A longitudinal study highlights family involvement as a key to literacy performance.
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A decade of evaluation studies provide a basis to assess the educational potential of afterschool programs and to identify promising practices.
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The case for an evidence-based approach to assessing reform initiatives.