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By Bari Walsh 08/27/2018 10:36 AM EDT
Bridget Terry Long

The Harvard Graduate School of Education welcomed 739 new students to Radcliffe Yard for Orientation ceremonies today, marking the start of a new year and the new deanship of Bridget Terry Long, who assumed the office on July 1. The incoming cohort includes 669 Ed.M. students, 29 Ph.D. students, 25 Ed.L.D. students, and 16 students who are part of the Certificate of Advanced Study Program. The new cohort also includes students from 56 different countries, including Peru, Australia, Syria, Cameroon, and Malaysia. Incoming students heard Long deliver her first Orientation address as dean. “...
By Bari Walsh 05/23/2018 4:19 PM EDT
Commencement banner
Watch video of the 2018 Convocation ceremony below: As the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored the Class of 2018 at a picture-perfect Convocation ceremony, degree candidates were urged to envision a future where the ideal school can become the real school, and where desperation can become the motivator that sparks innovation and urgent change. They were reminded that at a moment where millions of people are striving for a new kind of freedom, educators must join — and lead — that quest. “This is a freedom moment,” said Convocation speaker John Silvanus Wilson Jr., speaking to...
By Bari Walsh 07/18/2017 1:37 PM EDT
Reclaiming Downtime
By Bari Walsh 05/24/2017 5:00 PM EDT
Convocation
The traditions and nostalgia that mark the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s annual Convocation ceremony were joined by a ringing call to action today, as members of the graduating class were charged to deploy all their talents and passion — and to muster their bravery — to serve and to lead in a rapidly changing world. HGSE degree candidates, faculty, friends, and family gathered for the annual ceremony in Radcliffe Yard, under skies that turned unexpectedly sunny, to hear words of inspiration as they set about pursuing the necessary mission of education. “In the real world, success is...
By Bari Walsh 05/17/2017 10:46 AM EDT
Tolerance
When the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) launched its Teaching Tolerance initiative in 1991, the goal was to intervene early to prevent the formation of prejudice — the kind of hate that could fuel the Klan-related crimes the SPLC was fighting. At the time, the school integration movement seemed in full force, and the project’s work drew on the notion that bringing people together — not expressly to get along, but to engage in meaningful work alongside one another — would allow them to see the world from each other’s perspectives and would break barriers between groups, promoting harmony....
By Bari Walsh 04/11/2017 10:37 AM EDT
James Ryan
In divisive times, the work of teachers and school leaders grows ever more challenging. What happens at home, in the media, and in the political sphere makes its way into schools, affecting policies, classroom conversations, and relationships among students. As reports of harassment at schools have gained new prominence, faculty and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have been working on projects to support educators and students — strategies to build empathy, encourage conversation across difficult topics, and protect vulnerable students. They’re sharing examples of this...
By Bari Walsh 04/11/2017 9:42 AM EDT
James Ryan
In divisive times, the work of teachers and school leaders grows ever more challenging. What happens at home, in the media, and in the political sphere makes its way into schools, affecting policies, classroom conversations, and relationships among students and staff. This spring, faculty and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have been working on projects to support educators and students — strategies to build empathy, encourage conversation across difficult topics, and protect vulnerable students. They’re sharing examples of this work — extending a community conversation...
By Bari Walsh, Leah Shafer 03/15/2017 11:13 AM EDT
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
For at least the last decade, educators have understood the powerful connection between mindset and achievement — that when students believe they can learn a given subject, even a hard one, they stick with it longer, and do better, than if they believe they can’t learn or are “just bad at it.” But the role of mindset could be just as important in children’s overall health and development, according to a new commentary in the journal JAMA Pediatrics by pediatricians Claudia Mueller and Barry Zuckerman and educational psychologist Meredith Rowe. Medicine already recognizes the persuasive power...
By Bari Walsh, Iman Rastegari 02/04/2017 8:39 AM EST
Multigenerational family with grandmother, infant, and mother
What do you learn as a parent? When we think of the answers to that question, we mostly think in terms of our children's early years — of qualities like patience and selflessness, or of all that we don't know. As our children age into adolescence, the narrative shifts, and relationships evolve in ways that aren't always comfortable. But in her new book, sociologist and educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot reimagines adolescence as a period when deeper learning can begin, learning that can extend through the rest of our lives, as our now-adult children can transform us, emotionally and even...
By Bari Walsh, Iman Rastegari 01/30/2017 12:47 PM EST
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Among the many passages that life offers as we age, there is one we navigate almost unthinkingly: the passage of our children from "our children" to fully realized adults. There's a certain script society offers — one rooted in stereotypes about difficult adolescences, the difficulty of letting go, or even sitcom versions of meddling in-laws. But Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, eminent sociologist and educator, urges us to look with fresh eyes at what that passage may present: unique opportunities for learning, growth, and reconciliation, which can enrich our middle and later years in...

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