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By Casey Bayer 06/11/2018 1:33 PM EDT
Meredith Rowe
Meredith L. Rowe has been promoted from associate professor to full professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rowe joined the HGSE faculty in 2014 and has been a leader in the field of child language development. “Meredith Rowe is the quintessential example of a scholar who seamlessly bridges the gap between research and practice,” said Dean James E. Ryan. “A leading expert in early childhood language and cognitive development, Meredith’s research is meticulous and creative, and it both deepens our understanding of the field and points the way toward fruitful interventions, some...
By Casey Bayer 05/23/2018 2:48 PM EDT
Liz City
At the Harvard Graduate School of Education Convocation Exercises on May 23, Senior Lecturer Elizabeth City, faculty director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program, was presented with the Morningstar Family Teaching Award. The award recognizes a member of the HGSE faculty for their excellence in teaching and advising throughout the year, and the recipient is chosen based on nominations of HGSE students. As one student wrote, “Time and time again, Liz has come up as the professor who has made an indelible mark on people’s lives.” City’s abilities to push students’ thinking through...
By Casey Bayer 04/25/2018 10:08 AM EDT
Sarah Dryden-Peterson
At the American Education Research Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City, Associate Professor Sarah Dryden-Peterson and doctoral candidate Elizabeth Adelman, Ed.M.’08, were recognized for their research, along with University of Washington colleague and co-author Negin Dahya. Their paper, “Pathways to Educational Success Among Refugees: Connecting Locally and Globally Situated Resources,” found that while international aid is fundamental to the trajectories and journeys of refugees, it is insufficient. Refugees’ relationships with family, friends, and teachers provide critical...
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...