Information For:

Give back to HGSE and support the next generation of passionate educators and innovative leaders.

Realizing Human Potential Through Education

A Convening in Honor of the 2017 Yidan Prize Laureates

HGSE is delighted to co-host an invitational convening on the afternoon and evening of February 5, 2018 with the Yidan Prize Foundation and Dr. Charles Chen Yidan, benefactor of the world’s largest education award.

Join us in honoring the inaugural Yidan Prize laureates, Dr. Carol Dweck and Vicky Colbert, and gain insight and inspiration from HGSE faculty like Howard Gardner, Robert Kegan, Fernando Reimers, and others. Network with leading education change makers and learn about forward-looking innovations and cutting-edge research to improve education around the world. Mark your calendar now for this dialogue on the future of education in 2018. 


Yidan event 3

~ By Invitation Only ~

Monday, February 5, 2018

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Cultivating Growth Mind Sets in Students, Organizations, and a Diverse Society
Faculty Panel with Carol Dweck
Larsen Hall, Room 106 (14 Appian Way)

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Educating All Children Well: Insights from Research and Practice
Faculty Panel with Vicky Colbert
Larsen Hall, Room 106 (14 Appian Way)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Networking Coffee
Eliot Lyman Room, Second Floor, Longfellow Hall (13 Appian Way)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Askwith Forum featuring the Yidan Prize Laureates
Askwith Hall First Floor, Longfellow Hall (13 Appian Way)

6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Dinner
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, Massachusetts

View the full schedule with faculty speakers.

To confirm your attendance, register here.


Founded in 2016 by Dr. Charles Chen Yidan, Yidan Prize has a mission to create a better world through education. The Prize consists of two awards: Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureate receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK $30 million (U.S. $3.9 million) including a cash prize of HK $15 million (U.S. $1.9 million) and a project fund of HK $15 million. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK $2.5 billion (U.S. $320 million). Through a series of initiatives, the prize serves to establish a platform that allows the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.


Carol Dwecks

One of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research has identified different mindsets that students can hold about their talents and abilities: a fixed mindset in which talents and abilities are viewed as unalterable and a growth mindset in which they are seen as qualities that can be developed. The research then demonstrates the importance of these mindsets for students’ motivation, resilience, and achievement — particularly for students from vulnerable populations — and shows that these mindsets can be changed.

She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, and has won 10 lifetime achievement awards for her research. In addition to her scientific writing, she has written widely for educators and for the public. Her book Mindset (Random House) has been translated into over 25 languages.

Vicky Colbert

Founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education at Stanford University in the USA. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy. Colbert is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator.

She has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Vice minister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF's Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability and innovation.

Colbert has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.

Directions and Parking 


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Danielle Sekurski at 617-496-8950.