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HGSE has postponed all in-person events due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes the Future of Education series in conjunction with Askwith Forums. While the Future of Education series is on hold, HGSE has developed two new virtual series that respond, in different ways, to the events shaping our lives and the field of education today. We hope you will join us in these conversations. 

HGSE's Leadership Series

Community conversations with speakers whose leadership, expertise, and vision will drive the education sector forward amidst a set of unprecedented challenges. 

Join our extended community of students, faculty, alumni, parents, and educators in this online leadership series to engage in important conversations during this extraordinary time.

Watch previously recorded episodes in the playlist below or visit


Education Now: The Challenges of Reopening

A summer biweekly webinar series with insights for educators, families, and school and district leaders.

Early education administrators, center directors, and families are encountering many complex challenges and decisions as they are faced with reopening centers. What does high-quality early education look like in the era of COVID-19? How do we create and comply with protocols that will keep children and early educators safe?

Join us on Wednesday, July 22 at 3 p.m. EDT for “What ‘Reopening’ Means for Early Education,” an event in collaboration with HGSE’s Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative. HGSE’s Nonie Lesaux, co-director of the Zaentz initiative, will be joined by Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and Maria Gonzalez Moeller, CEO of The Community Group, an organization dedicated to supporting families by creating, managing, and nurturing high quality programs focused on education and related services. Register Now.

Watch Past Episodes

You can also watch the six-episode spring season of Education Now, with conversations on the power of human connection, leadership through crisis, and educating for equity in deeply uncertain times.

Learn more about Education Now.

Sign up to learn more about upcoming Education Now and Leadership Series webinars, Future of Education events, and Askwith Forums.

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About Askwith

All programming is free and open to the public, and are a vibrant part of the HGSE community. The forums highlight leaders in the field to share new knowledge and generate spirited conversation, and provide an opportunity for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share their work, talk with one another, and advance proven practices that will improve learning opportunities for all children.

Audiences generally include community members, local educators, and a wide range of professionals and parents with a keen interest in improving education, as well as HGSE faculty, staff, and students. In most cases, the events are live-streamed, recorded, and made available online. Askwith Forums bring over 4,000 people to campus annually and engage over 6,000 online.

Prominent speakers have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, noted academic Noam Chomsky, Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Khan Academy Founder and Director Sal Khan.

The Askwith Forum was established in 1998 by the children and grandchildren of Herbert Askwith AB'(19)07, a noted New York City public-relations consultant, writer, and publishing executive.   

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