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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 a Radcliffe Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. “Jarvis’ outstanding teaching and compelling research have already made him an invaluable member...
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...
By Casey Bayer 10/24/2017 5:02 PM EDT
Gears
Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded 72 guidance documents from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). These guidance documents provide interpretation for the policies and regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act (IDEA). We talked to Professor Thomas Hehir about these changes and what they mean going forward for the administration, and for the parents and families of disabled students. Hehir, as former director of the OSEP from 1993 to 1999, was...
By Casey Bayer 10/24/2017 9:29 AM EDT
Josh Delaney
For Josh Delaney, Ed.M.’14 — senior education policy adviser to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — the journey to Capitol Hill was not direct. He went from majoring in journalism, advertising, new media, and theater at the University of Georgia to becoming a high school special education teacher focused on mathematics. Planning to shift his career to education policy, he then enrolled in the Ed School’s Education Policy and Management Program. That’s when, he says, he got really lucky. “I ended up doing a fellowship with Senator Warren for former teachers interested in working on the...
By Casey Bayer 09/29/2017 2:10 PM EDT
Betsy  Devos
At the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday evening, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos outlined her vision for the future of school choice and for how federal policy could, in her view, empower parents to create the best opportunities for their individual children. “A Conversation on Empowering Parents” was hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and included a Q&A with HKS professor Paul Peterson and opening remarks from Academic Dean Archon Fung. “The future of choice should be whatever parents want for their children,” DeVos said. “The future of choice relies...
By Casey Bayer 09/21/2017 2:11 PM EDT
Deborah Jewell-Sherman
Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.’92, Ed.D.’95, has been named the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “From her transformative service as superintendent of Richmond Public Schools to her award-winning teaching and mentorship of students in our Ed.L.D. Program, Deborah is a powerful force for good in education,” said Dean James Ryan. “I can think of no one whose head, hands, and heart are more deserving of the honor of the Gregory R. Anrig Chair in Educational Leadership.” The chair was held since its inception in...
By Casey Bayer 09/14/2017 1:50 PM EDT
RIDES logo
Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) has received a $1.6 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to support future leaders who are preparing themselves to take leadership roles in starting and sustaining racially and economically diverse and equitable schools and systems, as well as organizations that support them. Foundation resources will also be used to conduct new research on school integration and develop coaching for educators and administrators. “We have to ask, what story do we want the American classroom to tell? We want to see a buzzing classroom of...
By Casey Bayer 09/12/2017 4:29 PM EDT
Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce the 2017 Fall Askwith Forums and Debates. HGSE’s series of public lectures dedicated to conversations on the challenges facing education was established in 1998. Cornel West, professor of practice of public philosophy at the Harvard Divinity School, will kick-off this semester’s series with the talk, “Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback.” Other highlights include a special HUBweek forum marking the 50th Anniversary of Project Zero with Harvard President Drew Faust, HGSE Dean James E. Ryan, and HGSE Professors...
By Casey Bayer 09/06/2017 4:16 PM EDT
Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones has been promoted to full professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was previously the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education Advancement. “From her work with the Making Caring Common project to her leadership as co-director of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative, Stephanie Jones has been a powerful advocate for children,” said Dean James Ryan. “Stephanie’s high-profile research, which is influencing both practice and policy, is a great example of what we are trying to accomplish across HGSE —...

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