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Stories by Bobby Dorigo Jones

By Bobby Dorigo Jones 08/28/2017 5:09 AM EDT
Students Helping Students
Applying for college is about as tough as slaying a thousand-headed Hydra. College hopefuls negotiate everything from FAFSA forms to college visits before taking the postsecondary leap. Harvard College seniors Cole Scanlon and Luke Heine, recent survivors of the process, hope to make things less stressful through the Fair Opportunity Project, a college guide replete with insider advice on everything from essays to interviews and financial aid. At Scanlon’s Miami-Dade high school, 800 students shared one counselor. “It was everyone for themselves,” he remembers. Heine, from Cloquet, Minnesota...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/20/2017 1:21 PM EDT
Dozens of thick, inky letters overlap each other across the canvas — a cascade of teal, then yellow and orange, over a black backdrop. A small crowd shelters Sneha Shrestha, Ed.M.’17, founder of the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal (CAM), from the chilling December air coming through the open door of a live art show in Harvard Square. “All the words say, ‘You can imagine too!’” says Shrestha, who goes by the name “Imagine” in the art world. Nepal’s first female graffiti artist and a student in the Arts in Education (AIE) Program, Shrestha paints the calligraphy of the Nepali alphabet into...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/16/2017 9:20 AM EDT
James Kemple
James Kemple, Ed.M.’86, Ed.D.’89, is the 2017 recipient of the Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. Kemple is a research professor and the executive director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He will be presented with the award at the HGSE Convocation ceremony on May 24. “Dr. James Kemple has dedicated his career to producing practical education policy research that has real impact on the lives of students,” said Dean James Ryan. “Kemple’s work examining...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/15/2017 4:51 PM EDT
Checking In
On an 80-degree May afternoon in 2012, just under 700 HGSE students received their diplomas. The recently-minted graduates beamed in their warm seats, holding both the traditional children’s book and special anti-bullying bracelets as then-dean Kathleen McCartney urged students to model the communities they want to create in education. The 2012 winners of the Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute Award, given by faculty and students to one graduating student in each program, have taken that charge and run with it. The 2012 IC/TF winners have migrated across the globe, working with...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/15/2017 3:23 PM EDT
Asil Yassine
Over the course of her teaching career, Asil Yassine has witnessed many broken promises to the children of Detroit. She’s seen, she says, “poisoned water fountains, a dearth of books, or mice shooting through the hallways” of buildings. Yassine enrolled in the Language and Literacy (L&L) Program to learn how to better fight these systemic failures, and find strategies to teach English to her many immigrant students. At HGSE, Associate Professor Paola Uccelli’s Bilingual Learners course gave her important new perspective. “Before we even touch pedagogy, we have to deeply understand what it...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/10/2017 2:53 PM EDT
Akiesha Ortiz
Akiesha Ortiz’s year at HGSE has been nothing short of surreal. “A dear friend/brother here recently said this quote that I am paraphrasing, ‘You are living the dream that you have always been,’” she says. A lifelong educator, Ortiz was ready to make the jump from practice to policy, and found that the Child Advocacy strand of the Human Development and Psychology (HDP) Program was a perfect fit. “I was adamant that an experienced teacher needed to support, guide, and lead those who were constantly creating a multitude of perplexing mandates for my fellow colleagues and students nationwide,”...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/08/2017 12:00 PM EDT
Global Ed
Note: Live streaming of this event will begin May 9 at 5 p.m. Educators today face the task of teaching children a new set of social, academic, and civic competencies to navigate a growing global economy and ever-changing society. On May 8, the HGSE Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) will bring together over 200 policy, practice, and research leaders a conference, Educating Students for a Diverse and Rapidly Changing World, to learn about innovations in education systems across the world and to discuss what students need to learn today in order to live their fullest lives. The...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/01/2017 11:07 AM EDT
School Vouchers, Friend of Foe?
This forum with be live streamed, beginning at 5:30 p.m. While publicly supported private school choice has powerful new supporters in the White House in Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, it is not a new idea. Since gaining prominence through the support of economist Milton Friedman decades ago, school vouchers, which subsidize student tuition at private and parochial schools with public dollars, are one of the most controversial ideas in education policy. On Monday, May 1, Askwith Forums will convene a debate on how educators should grapple with the school voucher, one of the most pressing...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/01/2017 9:09 AM EDT
Scott Bustabad
Scott Bustabad, Ed.M.’15, knows that in order to drive change for students — especially those with high needs — sometimes teachers have to innovate and sometimes they have to agitate. While working on his Ph.D. in physics at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2013, Bustabad was moved to act when he learned that the struggling Detroit Public Schools were cutting some science programs. “I am at one of the best physics labs in the country and we’re down the street,” he says. “I was in a position to help, and I had to help.” Bustabad worked with the district to organize physics programs that...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 04/26/2017 1:37 PM EDT
Natasha Warikoo
Associate Professor Natasha Kumar Warikoo has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a study of the dynamics of suburban American communities that are experiencing racial change. Of the 173 new Guggenheim fellows, Warikoo is one of 17 social science grantees and the only one representing the field of education. The grant will fund one year of research and writing. “Guggenheim is a wonderful organization for both the arts and scholarship,” says Warikoo, a scholar of race and education. “It is an honor to have their support for such critical research.” Warikoo’s book will be an...