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By Casey Bayer 04/19/2018 3:30 PM EDT
John Wilson
Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan is pleased to announce that John Silvanus Wilson Jr., Ed.M.’82, Ed.D.’85, senior adviser and strategist to the president at Harvard University, will address the graduating class and their families at convocation on May 23, 2018. “Throughout his expansive career, and with unrivaled dedication to his alma maters, John has been working faithfully to ensure that colleges and universities reach their full potential as sites of personal transformation and social progress,” said Ryan. “This year, we had the great fortune of hosting John as a...
By Casey Bayer 04/13/2018 10:25 AM EDT
Harvard Yard
In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) will be launching a new secondary field for Harvard College students in educational studies, available this coming fall. “The Secondary Field in Educational Studies will provide Harvard College students who are interested in studying education with a way to focus their intellectual interests, and will create a structured, interdisciplinary course of study that will draw upon faculty expertise in education from across Harvard University,” said HGSE Dean James E. Ryan. “I am...
By Casey Bayer 03/07/2018 8:10 PM EST
Youth in Front
In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, students have risen up, making their opinions on gun violence and school safety known, and planning protests and days of action to engage policymakers, their communities, and the nation on these important issues. Educators from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Teaching Systems Lab, and the instructional design firm Fresh Cognate have created Youth in Front, a new hub of learning-oriented resources and multimedia assets for young activists...
By Casey Bayer 03/06/2018 12:00 PM EST
Reach Every Reader
Reading is essential for learning, yet students across the United States are completing elementary school with inadequate reading abilities, which often follow them throughout their academic careers. A student who fails to read in first grade has a 90 percent probability of reading poorly in fourth grade and a 75 percent probability of reading poorly in high school, with implications for success later in life. Too many reading interventions are too late or too haphazard to change these outcomes. In the midst of this early literacy crisis, faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE...
By Casey Bayer 02/20/2018 12:13 PM EST
Larry Bacow
Last week, Harvard University announced the appointment of its 29th president, Lawrence Bacow. We talked to Harvard Graduate School of Education senior lecturer and chair of the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Judith Block McLaughlin, who has known Bacow since he was chancellor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), about his appointment, his time as president-in-residence at HGSE, and the challenges facing university presidents today. What was your reaction when you heard the news about Bacow’s appointment? When I heard about Larry’s appointment, I emailed a close friend of mine...
By Casey Bayer 02/15/2018 7:55 AM EST
Principals today increasingly have multi-dimensional roles — so much so that the role of the principal might be unrecognizable to those from the 1960s, '70s, or '80s, as the Center for American Progress states. Along with the expectation that they serve as instructional experts, principals also function as CEOs of their schools, with responsibilities that span from acting as organizational managers and change agents; to attracting, motivating, and retaining teachers; to planning professional development opportunities. The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School...
By Casey Bayer 02/02/2018 1:00 PM EST
Stephanie Jones
When it comes to developing methods for social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions, teachers need the flexibility and freedom to select strategies that best fit the diverse needs of their students and classrooms. As part of a new approach supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Stephanie Jones and the Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning Laboratory (EASEL) will develop and pilot a new set of evidence-based kernels of practice — strategies and activities that have potential to promote specific, positive behavior...
By Casey Bayer 01/17/2018 2:09 PM EST
Jarvis Givens
Effective July 1, 2018, Jarvis Givens will join the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as an assistant professor of education. Givens, who for the past two years has been a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow at HGSE, has a research and teaching agenda that falls at the nexus of the history of education, 19th- and 20th-century African American history, and black critical theory. Givens has also been appointed as the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. “Jarvis’ outstanding teaching and compelling research have already made him an...
By Casey Bayer 12/12/2017 12:01 AM EST
OECD Global
For the first time, the triennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students worldwide, will include an assessment of students’ global competence. Veronica Boix Mansilla, principal investigator with Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, collaborated with The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and a team of experts charged with developing the framework for the new version for the upcoming 2018 PISA test. The new framework and emphasis on global competencies is part of a...
By Casey Bayer 11/01/2017 1:57 PM EDT
Reading Robot
Picture a Tickle Me Elmo, but instead of Elmo only repeating “That tickles” over and over again, he is able to read aloud with your child, track their eye movements, gestures, and vocalizations, and respond accordingly in real time. Alex Hergenroeder, Ed.M.’17, has spent the last year investigating and setting the stage for her vision: “Clover.” A soft, cuddly robot, Clover can engage with children, and can provide them with a more personal, parent-inspired way of practicing reading than other technologies currently on the market. “This really all began with my lovely niece,” Hergenroeder...