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Stories by Jill Anderson

By Jill Anderson 01/17/2018 12:45 PM EST
Troublemaker
It's a common feature of all classrooms: kids who insist on their own way, who resist the rules of the classroom and stand out as different because of their behavior. It is also common to label these students troublemakers, but to do that would be missing an important opportunity, says Carla Shalaby, Ed.M.'09, Ed.D.'14, a former elementary school teacher and author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School. Teachers should understand that an individual's "behavior is interactional with the context," not merely indication that intervention is needed. “Understanding ['...
By Jill Anderson 01/09/2018 10:22 AM EST
Dara Fisher
Doctoral candidate Dara Fisher — an engineer by training — found her calling in education when, as a graduate student studying technology and policy, she was invited to help create the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), a new institution established in 2012 in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her routine visits to Singapore, coordinating inter-university exchange programs, and helping Singaporean students develop extracurricular activities, she found herself questioning the role of culture in how these collaborations develop. “I turned...
By Jill Anderson 01/03/2018 4:06 PM EST
Hands
How do black parents communicate information to their children about their personal and group identities as it relates to race, intergroup relationships, and their place in the racial hierarchy? It's a delicate and challenging talk to have, says Columbia University Assistant Professor Raygine DiAquoi, Ed.M.'11, Ed.D.'15. But parents of minority children have been having this talk for generations. "While it's a feature of black life, or a feature of the lives of many minoritized populations, it is also very much a public part of American life," says DiAquoi. "The talk reflects what's happening...
By Jill Anderson 11/30/2017 4:10 PM EST
Birth of a Super School
Over the past year, HGSE has followed Kari Croft, Ed.M.’15 (pictured, center, with cofounder Erin Whelan, right), as she worked on launching RISE High — an innovative high school aimed at serving the unique needs of Los Angeles-area homeless and foster youth. In August 2017, RISE High opened and now serves over 80 students across two sites with its unique model that ensures transient students can receive steady access to quality education tied to wraparound services. RISE was named one of 10 $10-million winning school projects by XQ: The Super School Project — a national campaign co-led by...
By Jill Anderson 10/26/2017 4:22 PM EDT
Zuriel Oduwole
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. Ghana President John Kufour. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness. These are just some of the leaders that 15-year-old documentary filmmaker Zuriel Oduwole has sat down with to talk about access to education for girls. In her latest documentary, Follow the Ball for Education, Oduwole chronicles some of her efforts to gain support for girls' education from leaders around the globe. Her advocacy work began at only age 9. While working on a project about the Ghana revolution, it caught her attention...
By Jill Anderson 10/12/2017 11:00 AM EDT
Brendan Randall
“Brendan was greatly admired and respected by his colleagues and many friends at HGSE and across the university, and will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched,” said Dean James Ryan. Russell, Ed.M.’07, a former lawyer and teacher, studied religion, law, and education as a doctoral student. Those who knew him remember Randall as a passionate, dedicated learner with endless energy. He held a number of positions including as a senior consultant focused on campus engagement at Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, a senior researcher for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University,...
By Jill Anderson 10/04/2017 1:08 PM EDT
Religion books
In these divided times in which Islamophobia and the bullying of Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu students are on the rise, how has it affected conversations around the teaching of religion in schools? Things are certainly more heated, says Linda K. Wertheimer, "It makes the atmosphere a lot more tense when you are teaching about the world's religions." Wertheimer's recent book, Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, explores the challenges faced by public schools when incorporating lessons about world religions into their classrooms, looking at specific examples in several areas...
By Jill Anderson 10/02/2017 2:15 PM EDT
David Dockterman
One could argue that, over his 30-year career, Lecturer David Dockterman, Ed.D.'88, has helped launch and shape the field of education technology — particularly how to use computers in the classroom in interactive and engaging ways for teachers and students. So, it may come as a surprise that Dockterman sees his foray into edtech as “happenstance.” Even more surprising: it was the introduction of computers at the high school where he taught history that led him away from classroom teaching. “This guy came in with RadioShack computers showing us this ‘cutting edge’ software. This game States...
By Jill Anderson 09/27/2017 2:01 PM EDT
Chinese School
When Chinese-American journalist Lenora Chu arrived in Shanghai in 2010 with her family, she did what many parents would do — found a top-performing school to enroll her then three-year-old son. After all, Shanghai had just scored at the top of the PISA and was being lauded worldwide for its high performance. But quickly, Chu and her family were met with immense challenges and experienced culture clash as they tried to adapt to the Chinese way, which largely emphasizes group progress over individual students. Chu shares the anxiety-ridden experience in her book, Little Soldiers: An American...
By Jill Anderson 09/14/2017 2:47 PM EDT
Darienne Driver
Darienne Driver, Ed.M.'06, Ed.D.'14, is as creative and energetic as they come. Now, entering her fourth year as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, she has already crossed from her list of goals significant reforms: Earlier start to the school year. Check. School uniforms. Check. Partnerships with community organizations. Check. Higher graduation rate. Check. Increase in attendance. Check. After speaking with Driver for a few minutes, it becomes clear that she shows no signs of slowing down. She speaks quickly, praising Milwaukee schools and its people. Driver is the first woman...

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