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By Jill Anderson 07/09/2018 4:33 PM EDT
Martin West
Associate Professor Martin West has been promoted to full professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. West is an expert on education policy, particularly how policies affect student learning and noncognitive development in K–12 schools. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2009. “Marty West is not only an accomplished scholar in the policy arena, but he is a bridge-builder, widely respected for his careful attention to evidence and balanced views," says Professor Tom Kane, who chaired the review committee. "He is also a fantastic teacher and mentor for...
By Jill Anderson 07/01/2018 3:29 PM EDT
Bridget Terry Long
Bridget Terry Long began her appointment as the 12th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education today. In a recent conversation, Long shares her desire to focus on the big problems and questions facing education. She also reflects on how the job of dean is not done alone, but with an entire community striving to make a difference. As a longtime faculty member at HGSE, why did you feel it was important to take on the role of dean? What drew me to the deanship is what has kept me at Ed School for nearly two decades — the mission and the people. I care deeply about the HGSE community and...
By Jill Anderson 06/28/2018 4:27 PM EDT
Kathryn Parker Boudett
Lecturer Kathryn Boudett has been promoted to senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Boudett’s work focuses on how to support educators by effectively working together to improve learning and teaching. She joined the faculty as a lecturer in 2010. “As the director of the Data Wise Project and the Learning and Teaching Program, Kathy empowers teachers to drive real improvements in the classroom and beyond,” said Dean James Ryan. “Kathy is a passionate teacher of teachers, and I am delighted that her contributions to HGSE and to the field of education are being recognized...
By Matt Weber, Jill Anderson 06/20/2018 3:18 PM EDT
Minnijean Brown-Trickey
As far as it may seem that we have come regarding race and equity in America, there is still so much more to be done, says Minnijean Brown-Trickey. As one of the nine African American teenagers who became known as the “Little Rock Nine” when the city attempted to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, Brown-Trickey faced extreme opposition and harassment — issues of race relations that continue to exist across the United States today. “We shouldn’t have to be dealing with this 60 years later,” she says. “Little Rock should be a story about a distant past we are not dealing with...
By Jill Anderson 06/18/2018 4:14 PM EDT
Kairos Learning
Long before recent graduates Sade Abraham, Ed.M.’18, and Diana Saintil, Ed.M.’18, arrived at HGSE, they wondered whether there was a way to change the outcomes for low-income, first-generation college-goers by giving them the tools to thrive in academia. The statistics bothered them: College graduation rates linger at 14 percent for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds compared to 60 percent for students from high-socioeconomic backgrounds. Also, many students from low-income backgrounds who make it to college drop out within the first six-to-eight weeks on campus. As they soon...
By Jill Anderson 06/07/2018 4:02 PM EDT
Beginning today, June 7, and running until June 10, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge will host several performances of Bluelaces' original production, SUDS, which takes the wonders of going to the laundromat and transforms it into an exhilarating adventure filled with water, soap, and bubbles. Find out more about Gertzman’s work, and how her time at HGSE inspired and aligned with her passion for theater.
By Jill Anderson 05/30/2018 1:52 PM EDT
Shireen Al-Adeimi
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Shireen Al-Adeimi, Ed.D.’18, wasn’t sure about education research as a career. In fact, she hadn’t even intended to apply to HGSE, but thanks to a push from her adviser at the University of Michigan who urged her to submit the application, Al-Ademi is not only leaving HGSE with a dissertation and diploma, she has also found her calling. “HGSE has really given me the opportunity to do things beyond my comfort zone,” she says, admitting that she never imagined becoming a quantitative researcher, though everything she learned about statistics and...
By Jill Anderson 05/30/2018 1:41 PM EDT
Stephanie Downey Toledo
Stephanie Downey Toledo, Ed.L.D.'18, is always on the go — for work and with family. During a rare down moment traveling to a family wedding with her parents, three children, and husband in tow, Toledo chatted about life post-HGSE: "It was such a great three years," she says. "I arrived at HGSE with two children and I am graduating with three children ... the cohort really embraced the additional member." Upon being named marshal by her colleagues, Downey Toledo noted that her cohort's support was really the beginning of what has been a team effort. "Any and all 25 could have served this role...
By Jill Anderson 05/17/2018 3:17 PM EDT
Angela Glover Blackwell
Part celebration and part reflection, mayors, superintendents, and school leaders gathered at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this week for the fifth and final By All Means convening, fully knowing that the work had really just begun. “I’m so appreciative of the work that happened out in the communities over the past two and a half years,” said Professor Paul Reville, founder of the Education Redesign Lab. “We are here and convened because we know it’s going to take more than schools to get this work done.” Launched in 2016 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, By All Means,...
By Jill Anderson 05/16/2018 4:19 PM EDT
Teens and Smartphones
When San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge, a psychologist who studies generational shifts, saw a spike in teen mental health issues between 2011 and 2015, she wanted to find out why. The spike, she explains, was sudden, with major depressive episodes among teens increasing by 50 percent within those few years. “It was the start of a journey in what changed in teen’s lives,” she says. With more examination, Twenge recognized that the rise of the smartphone in teen’s lives coincided with the rise of teens' feelings of uselessness, as well as with the fall of their satisfaction and...