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Stories by Iman Rastegari

By Iman Rastegari 09/21/2017 3:31 PM EDT
Joe Blatt
By Iman Rastegari 08/08/2017 7:43 AM EDT
Is all change good? When it comes to education reform, not necessarily. “It shouldn’t be assumed that change by itself is good…,” says Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, co-editor of the new book, Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change with Helen Janc Malone, Ed.M.'07, Ed.D.’13. “It comes down to why we educate people. At the core definition of good is whether it serves the purpose of humanity or not.” Rincón-Gallardo points to reform efforts like high-stakes accountability and testing as examples of bad educational change...
By Iman Rastegari 06/29/2017 4:08 PM EDT
Test prep isn't what it used to be. With technological advances, gone are the days of poring over a three-inch thick manual and filling out Scantron bubbles on sample test sheet after sample test sheet. Now, companies like Kaplan Test Prep offer a variety of digital learning methods, including self-paced online courses and interactive live-streaming for groups. These advances, while making test prep more convenient for all learners, also opens up new possibilities for students who had not previously been able to participate, whether due to geography or other limitations. "It's nice that...
By Iman Rastegari 05/25/2017 4:23 PM EDT
Even in the rain, it was a beautiful day for the graduating class of 2017!
By Iman Rastegari 05/22/2017 4:52 PM EDT
Davis Wimberly
In what has become a Commencement morning tradition, drummer Davis Wimberly, Ed.M.'10, leads the HGSE class from Appian Way to the graduation ceremonies in Harvard Yard.
By Bobby Dorigo Jones, Iman Rastegari 02/07/2017 11:32 AM EST
Asil Yassine
As Commencement approaches, we look back the impact our students made over the course of their year at the Ed School. A teacher’s first couple of years in the classroom can be trying, even more so if they are tasked with teaching children who know little English. Master’s candidate Asil Yassine admits this was true for her in her two years teaching grades 6, 11, and 12 in Detroit. “I didn’t really know how to support my own English Language Learner (ELL) population,” she says, even though Yassine herself had struggled to learn English while in elementary school in Plano, Texas. She enrolled...
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...
By Iman Rastegari 12/23/2016 6:35 AM EST
Each year, the Harvard Graduate School of Education produces stories, podcasts, and videos that offer innovative strategies, research-backed solutions, and messages of inspiration to our wide community of educators. As 2016 comes to a close, we looked back over the best of the year, picking out the stories most likely to fuel you through the holidays and ignite your creativity in the new year. So from us, here’s something to carry with you in 2017. Happy holidays to all, with our best wishes for the new year! Good Cheer: Small encouragements can have long-lasting effects. Reflection:...
By Iman Rastegari, Leah Shafer 12/22/2016 1:54 PM EST
A graphic with icons of students and teacher, illustrating affirmation coming from teacher
With an unsettling year drawing to a close, many educators are increasingly aware of race: how it impacts student achievement and how it obstructs connections between people. But as we hope for a new year filled with equity and kindness in schools and beyond, research offers some encouraging insights. Confronting racial tensions, biases, and microaggressions can have powerful effects. But schools may also benefit from widening the lens. Behavioral psychologist Todd Pittinsky has found that when white teachers encourage and model overtly welcoming interactions between students of different...