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By Matt Weber 02/10/2016 11:29 AM EST
Robert Putnam

One of the most serious problems facing America today, says Harvard Kennedy School Professor Robert Putnam, is the opportunity gap. The space between the incomes of the rich and the poor is growing, and because of that gap, children are being left…

By Newseditor 02/07/2016 11:51 PM EST
Teaching Higher

At the Askwith Forum on February 9, educators share their perspectives on Common Core implementation.

By News editor 01/28/2016 9:45 AM EST
The American Dream in Crisis

At the Askwith Forum on Monday, February 1, Robert Putnam, Harvard Kennedy School professor and author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" considered what educators can do to help restore some measure of social mobility in our society.

By Jill Anderson 01/25/2016 4:10 PM EST
Askwith Forums

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its spring 2016 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation.This…

By Matt Weber 01/14/2016 12:51 PM EST
Joseph Davis by Sid Hastings/Corbis

What do educators mean when they talk about equity? Joseph Davis, Ed.M.'00, Ed.D.'08, superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant Schools in Missouri, has some thoughts."Often we confuse equity and equality," he says. "I think we need to be clear about —…

By Matt Weber 01/06/2016 1:17 PM EST
Teresa Sullivan

As president of the University of Virginia since 2010, Teresa Sullivan has encountered challenges both big and small. She knows, though, an organization of this size and scope cannot be run by one person alone. Open communication in the University of…

By Matt Weber 12/17/2015 2:02 PM EST
Community Ed Reform

In 2007, when Kaya Henderson, current chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, was deputy chancellor, the struggling school system came under mayoral control. At the time, it was one of the lowest performing school districts in the United…

By News editor 11/12/2015 4:42 PM EST
Askwith Further Together

At the Askwith Forum on November 17, Washington, D.C., Public Schools officials discussed how the district is going farther faster, together with its families, to create sustainable improvements in educational outcomes for all its children.

By Matt Weber 11/12/2015 3:35 PM EST
Rac(e)ing to Class

Even teachers with the best intentions can put conversations around race on the backburner, says H. Richard Milner IV, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School for Education. But, as Milner writes in the Harvard Education Press title,…

By News editor 10/27/2015 10:36 AM EDT
Talking Equity

On October 30, this Askwith Forum examined the social responsibility superintendents bear in leading their districts in educating underserved students.

By News editor 10/15/2015 3:25 PM EDT
Schooling in the Workplace

At the Askwith Forum on Monday, October 19, a panel of experts shed new light on why the Swiss system is a world leader and what the U.S. can learn from it.

By News editor 10/13/2015 1:58 PM EDT
Rac(e)ing to Class

At the Askwith Forum on October 15, Rich Milner examines the structural and social policies that shape educators’ mindsets in regard to race and considers how we can support instructional practices that address race and poverty in meaningful ways.

By Jill Anderson 09/22/2015 8:23 AM EDT
Elizabeth Warren Visits the Askwith Forum

U.S. Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren talked higher education, student debt, and the importance of reform at the Askwith Forum on September 18, 2015.

By Newseditor 09/16/2015 3:37 PM EDT
Elizabeth Warren

This season’s Askwith Forums series kicks off with the Honorable Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has long focused on critical issues in education including college affordability and student debt.

By News editor 09/10/2015 11:00 AM EDT
Askwith Forums

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its fall 2015 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. This…

By Matt Weber 08/05/2015 4:20 PM EDT
Farah Pandith

Few would argue against compassion and respect as essential ingredients to a peaceful world. But how do we foster these qualities in our children when what we are teaching is only part of the equation? How can we make sure that the lessons of…

By Matt Weber 06/10/2015 11:33 AM EDT
Randi Weingarten

How can we transform the field of teaching? Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has some ideas. First, she says, we need to "make this a middle-class profession" and ensure that teachers receive the pay and the…

By News editor 05/08/2015 9:17 AM EDT

Randi Weingarten, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and Anthony Bryk joined Associate Professor Jal Mehta for a discussion at the Askwith Forum on May 11.

By News editor 04/27/2015 9:09 AM EDT

At the Askwith Forum on April 28, an interdisciplinary panel explored inclusion and exclusion through the lens of religious differences.

By News editor 04/20/2015 12:30 PM EDT
Global Challenges

On Thursday, April 23, this panel opened a think tank focused on the question of how to make education relevant.