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By Newseditor 04/23/2013 1:37 PM EDT
Educational Opportunity and Changing Demographics

At the Askwith Forum on Thursday, April 25, a panel examined factors that limit the educational opportunities of African American and Latino students, and reviewed what we know about best practices to overcome those barriers.

By News editor 04/22/2013 12:46 PM EDT
Pasi Sahlberg

What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? Pasi Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation, discussed Finland's approach to education at the Askwith Forum on Tuesday, April 23.

By Jill Anderson 04/17/2013 10:14 AM EDT
Obama's Plan for Early Education

Early childhood education panelists called President Barack Obama’s recent proposal for universal preschool a historic decision but cautioned it was only a first step in a long line of work.At the Askwith Forum, “Politics and Preschool: President…

By News editor 04/05/2013 12:37 PM EDT
Semper Teachings

Former Marines, who now work full-time in public schools, discussed how lessons learned in the Marine Corps might help improve our schools.

By News editor 04/05/2013 12:20 PM EDT
Obama's Plan for Early Education

The Askwith Forum, "Politics and Preschool: President Obama's Plan for Early Education," took place Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Longfellow Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.President Obama in his State of the Union address became the…

By News editor 03/29/2013 11:18 AM EDT
Askwith Forums

Can our elders serve as experts on how to live our lives? To answer this question, Karl Pillemer, gerontologist and professor of human development at Cornell University, decided to seek advice on how to live from the oldest Americans. He revealed the…

By Jill Anderson 03/15/2013 4:15 PM EDT
Reforming Education Reform

If education reform were a football game, then America has made some progress but still has quite a ways to go – 80 yards to be exact.“We are on the 20 yard line and have 80 to go to create a just society,” said Norm Atkins, the cofounder and…

By News editor 03/12/2013 1:37 PM EDT
School Violence in America

The recent Newtown school shooting, resulting the death of 20 children, focused America’s attention on the issue of violence in schools. This forum focused on myriad issues relating to mental health, gun control, school security, and other violence…

By Jill Anderson 03/11/2013 11:13 AM EDT
Denise Juneau

To kick off of the 11th annual Alumni of Color Conference, The Revolution Will Be LIVE, Denise Juneau, Ed.M.’94, state superintendent of public instruction for Montana, discussed school improvement efforts in her state and the importance of…

By Newseditor 03/06/2013 2:49 PM EST
Reforming Education Reform

Norman Atkins, who has been involved in founding several education reform organizations shared some provocative questions and modest advice for the next generation of education reformers seeking to remake schools, the teaching profession, learning…

By News editor 03/05/2013 10:00 AM EST
Deborah Bial

Deborah Bial, Ed.M.'96, Ed.D.'04, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, was presented with the Anne Roe Award and speaks on society's need for fairness and justice.

By Newseditor 03/01/2013 1:37 PM EST
Teaching Empathy and Preventing Bullying

Though bullying has increasingly moved to the Internet, kids still torment each other in the hallways at school. In fact, in person and online bullying usually go together. In this new landscape, what should schools and parents do?

By Matt Weber 02/27/2013 1:58 PM EST
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman has just been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Medal for Education Impact, the highest honor given by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The medal is awarded to a person who is making a lasting difference in the…

By Newseditor 02/26/2013 11:54 AM EST
Denise Juneau

In conjunction with the 11th annual Alumni of Color Conference, The Revolution Will Be LIVE, Denise Juneau, Ed.M.'94, state superintendent of public instruction for Montana, discussed school improvement efforts in her state at the Askwith Forum…

By Newseditor 02/14/2013 9:01 AM EST
Deborah Bial

Deborah Bial, Ed.M.’96, Ed.D.’04, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, will receive the 2013 Anne Roe Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dean Kathleen McCartney will present Bial with the award — which was…

By Matt Weber 02/06/2013 3:22 PM EST
Jon Schnur

Jon Schnur is cofounder of America Achieves – a nonprofit dedicated to helping communities build high-quality educational systems – and helps to shape the organization's overall strategy and work. He  also cofounded New Leaders for New…

By News editor 02/04/2013 1:02 PM EST
Jon Schnur

Jon Schnur, cofounder and executive chairman of America Achieves, provided a rare personal window into President Obama's education policy agenda -- including an up-close look at the origins and content of the President's policies and how they…

By Matt Weber 01/30/2013 12:46 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: Straight-Talking Education, Frederick "Rick" Hess, Ed.M.'90

An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick "Rick" Hess, Ed.M.'90, studies K-12 and higher education issues including urban education, accountability, charter schooling and school vouchers, teacher licensure, local governance, and school…

By Newseditor 01/28/2013 2:18 PM EST
Askwith Forums

Most efforts at school reform run a new program through the existing system and wonder why it won't scale. What if the system itself is the problem, and that our real options are to transform, replace, reassemble, expand, or just dissolve the…

By Newseditor 01/28/2013 10:41 AM EST
Askwith Futures

A panel of leading thinkers and actors in education shared five visions of the educational future at the Askwith Forum, Tuesday, January 29.