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By Andrew Bauld 02/06/2018 9:56 AM EST
Clint Smith
As a writer, Ph.D. candidate Clint Smith has many achievements. His essays on race and education regularly appear in The New Yorker and The Atlantic; he was the 2014 National Poetry Slam champion; and his debut collection of poetry, Counting Descent, won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. But for all his accomplishments, Smith says the most important scholarship he’s done has been his work with prisoners serving life sentences. Education is a human right deserved by all, says Smith, especially those sentenced to life, and...
By Andrew Bauld 11/20/2017 3:18 PM EST
Karen Cueva
As a student, W.E.B. Du Bois understood the segregated world of Harvard in the late 19th century all too well. But the future scholar and Civil Rights leader, who would also become the first African-American to receive a doctorate from the college, made one attempt to cross the racial divide. “I did have a good singing voice and loved music,” Du Bois wrote in his autobiography, “so I entered the competition for the glee club…. Quite naturally I was rejected.” It is also natural that the orchestra founded in his name would be dedicated to addressing issues of social exclusion in the arts and...
By Andrew Bauld, McKinlee Covey 11/06/2017 12:42 PM EST
Elected Officials
Dilara Sayeed, Ed.L.D.’15, was tired of witnessing the challenges of education — from bullying to the cradle-to-prison pipeline — yet rarely hearing anyone talking about those issues in the public arena. For over 20 years, she has been a teacher and an education policymaker. While she’s always been politically engaged, Sayeed never thought of actually running for office herself. “I worked behind the scenes,” she says. “I’m a public servant, not a politician.”  But, when a seat opened up this summer in the Illinois House of Representatives 5th District, which comprises a wildly diverse...
By Andrew Bauld 08/28/2017 1:51 PM EDT
Leah Waldo
We expect the Ed School to produce the next generation of great teachers, education entrepreneurs, and policymakers, but for Leah Waldo, Ed.M.'15, her time on Appian Way, including one foot-stomping, memorable event, led her on an unexpected journey from Cambridge to Nashville to become a country musician. It was truly a life-changing afternoon for Waldo as she sat in the audience of Askwith Hall in January 2015, listening to country legends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood share stories of their own careers. At one point, Brooks described how after all his years performing he still got...
By Andrew Bauld 08/07/2017 9:39 AM EDT
Lynneth Solis
Play is an integral part of a child’s development according to traditional research mostly conducted in Western societies, but what role does play serve and what does it look like for children in indigenous communities? Ed.D. candidate Lynneth Solis, Ed.M.’10, is determined to better answer that question.  Solis’ research focuses on children’s cognitive development, specifically how young children play with each other and with objects to understand and build theories about the world around them, and how this is shaped by their cultural context. After completing her master's in the Mind, Brain...
By Andrew Bauld 07/31/2017 9:48 AM EDT
Aim High
For Alec Lee, Ed.M.’85 (right), summer isn’t a time for students to escape school. Since 1986, Lee has championed the power of summer learning for students through his organization, Aim High, a free summer learning and enrichment program that brings high-quality classroom experiences to low-income middle school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee, who at the time was teaching high school history, focused on this population because, he says, “there was a lot of emerging research that middle school was really a critical juncture, especially for kids with limited experience. Also...
By Andrew Bauld 01/08/2017 7:43 AM EST
Mission Control, This Is Your Teacher Speaking
As odd as it sounds, the students in Jenny Kostka’s high school physics class were expecting an out-of-this-world announcement from their teacher when they started school this part September. And they were almost right. “The first day, students came up to say they were really excited,” Kostka, Ed.M.’15, says. “They saw the word NASA on the school’s web page and thought I might be going to Mars.” While their teacher won’t be traveling to a distant planet any time soon, Kostka will be bringing outer space to her students, thanks to a new partnership between NASA and WGBH, Boston’s PBS station....
By Andrew Bauld 12/12/2016 3:32 PM EST
Designing a Better Field Trip
“Don’t touch that!” “Settle down!” “Shhh!” For some students, these are the common refrains during a museum field trip that at times must feel more like an extended punishment than a chance to explore great art. And these trips are often no treat for teachers and chaperones who, already feeling the stresses of organizing the day and wrangling students, have little chance to model their own curiosity. Throw in a lecturing museum guide, and the day can seem a total loss. But at many museums across the country, the traditional field trip has become ancient history. “One of the fundamental shifts...
By Andrew Bauld 10/31/2016 9:44 AM EDT
Social Integration through the Arts
How can the arts best be used to create educational programs and multidisciplinary partnerships? That was the focus of the symposium held earlier this month as part of the Social Integration Through the Arts (SITA) initiative, a collaboration between HGSE’s Arts in Education (AIE) Program and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The two-day event, entitled “Snapshots of Practice,” brought cultural leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, together with faculty and students at Harvard to discuss strategies. “The goal [of the initiative] is to create a...
By Andrew Bauld 10/27/2016 2:10 PM EDT
The Impact of Executive Ed
While HGSE master’s and doctoral students were busy wrapping up final projects and making plans for commencement this past May, many in the HGSE faculty were preparing for a whole new set of students to take over the classrooms of Appian Way through their engagement with Professional Education at HGSE. “Our summer executive education programs represent some of the highest impact work done by HGSE faculty in both K–12 and higher education,” says Senior Lecturer James Honan, educational co-chair for the Institute for Educational Management. “During the summer months we work with hundreds of...