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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…


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…


By Andrew Bauld 05/29/2018 10:03 AM EDT
Jordy Sparks

At Jordy Sparks’ high school in Springfield, Ohio, there were two counselors for all graduating seniors — one worked with those heading to college, and the other with those heading to the workforce.As with all the seniors, the counselors alone…


By Lory Hough 05/29/2018 8:45 AM EDT
Stephany Cuevas

Research has shown that it’s important for parents to be involved in their children’s education. But what happens when a parent is undocumented, when they worry that their own immigration status will affect their child’s chances at going to…


By Leah Shafer 05/24/2018 4:00 PM EDT
Commencement

Music rang out across Radcliffe Yard today as Dean James Ryan addressed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s graduating class with what has become his signature homage to educators.“I believe you are the luckiest graduates of the entire…


By James Ryan 05/24/2018 1:48 PM EDT
Jim Ryan

Watch Dean Ryan's full speech.Welcome graduates, colleagues, family and friends. Congratulations to you all.I’d like to begin by thanking all of the families and friends in the audience today. Each year, I am amazed to hear your stories and to…


By Bari Walsh 05/23/2018 4:19 PM EDT
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Watch video of the 2018 Convocation ceremony below:As the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored the Class of 2018 at a picture-perfect Convocation ceremony, degree candidates were urged to envision a future where the ideal school can become…


By John Silvanus Wilson 05/23/2018 4:15 PM EDT
John Silvanus Wilson at HGSE Convocation

Thank you, Dean Ryan…thank you for making HGSE stronger and better!One can have no sweeter legacy than that!Congratulations to Alumnus Douglas Wood!  Thank you for all of your good work!And welcome Dean Bridget Terry Long!  She will be…


By Karen Mapp 05/23/2018 4:00 PM EDT
Karen Mapp at HGSE Convocation

Welcome students, families, friends, and colleagues to this afternoon’s convocation. I’d like to take this moment to express my deepest gratitude to the students for electing me this year’s faculty speaker: I am truly honored by this…


By Edyson Julio 05/23/2018 3:54 PM EDT
Edyson Julio at HGSE Convocation

They sat in a half-circle that spanned out towards the back of the classroom, each inmate garbed in the classic jail two-piece: the stiff khaki pants, and the beige top that fountained over some of their thin upper bodies. It was a cold, cold…


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…


By News editor 05/23/2018 1:33 PM EDT
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Photos by Jill Anderson, Casey Bayer, and Michael RodmanAdditional photos provided by PACE (Pan-Asian Coalition for Education) and Kay Merseth


By Sagra Alvarado 05/18/2018 12:12 PM EDT
Bene Webster

Bene Webster proudly describes herself as a former “nut” — a quality that she always found helpful when dealing with some of the behavior problems in her third-grade classroom in New Orleans.“When I was teaching … it was common to hear…


By Sagra Alvarado 05/18/2018 8:58 AM EDT
Douglas Wood

Douglas Wood, Ed.M.’96, Ed.D.’00, is the 2018 recipient of the Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. Wood is currently a senior fellow on justice and equity at the Aspen Institute. Prior, he was a program officer for…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/17/2018 2:36 PM EDT
Shanta Harrington

As an educator and an activist, one of Shantá Harrington’s main goals is to challenge prevailing notions of what it means to educate Black youth — and she hopes to pass that drive on to her students.“I want to dedicate my work to thinking…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/16/2018 1:56 PM EDT
Natasha Rivera

As a young girl from Queens, Natasha Daniella Rivera participation in programs run by Prep for Prep — a leadership development organization for gifted students of color in New York City public schools — opened doors to many opportunities…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/15/2018 1:27 PM EDT
Esther Kim

After two years working in Korea for the Fulbright Korea Commission — first as a teacher, then as a program coordinator for the English Teaching Assistant program — coming to Cambridge felt like something of a homecoming to Esther Hwi-Young Kim,…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/14/2018 11:10 AM EDT
Dantrell Cotton

While a master’s student in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dantrell Cotton found himself heading down a new path. He was working in the Posse Office as an academic adviser and STEM mentor when he discovered a new…


By Sagra Alvarado 05/10/2018 2:03 PM EDT
Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas

As a musician, Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas enrolled in the Ed School's Arts in Education Program to build her theoretical foundation as an educator and to focus on how music can be used effectively in community programming and student…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/10/2018 7:10 AM EDT
Rachel Hantman

When Rachel Hantman entered the Ed School last August she was nervous. Some things, like worrying about which classes she would take, would resolve themselves early. But others would take a little more time.“I feared feeling inexperienced next to…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/09/2018 3:07 PM EDT
Tamesha Webb

As the saying goes, “When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.” And, this notion is at the core of Tamesha Webb’s mission as an educator: to change the school experience for young girls in the United States, particularly girls of color.As…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/08/2018 2:29 PM EDT
Morgan Barazza

In coming to the Ed School, Salt River Pima, Laguna Pueblo, and Thai educator Morgan Barraza had one thing in mind: becoming a more effective teacher for her students — present and future. Teaching English for the three years on the Laguna Pueblo…


By Sagra Alvarado 05/07/2018 2:11 PM EDT
Jabari Sellars

After teaching in Washington, D.C. public schools, Jabari Sellars arrived at HGSE seeking new strategies to increase literacy skills among underserved students, particularly adolescents. But as his year in the Language and Literacy (L&L) Program…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/04/2018 3:30 PM EDT
Melissa Mooradian

It may not be the most obvious fit, but there is plenty of room for teaching social justice in STEM, says Melissa Mooradian. In fact, she spent her year in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) exploring ways to incorporate these lessons into her own…


By Sagra Alvarado 05/03/2018 2:31 PM EDT
Ranya Brooks

Ranya Brooks has long felt a “moral imperative” to apply her privilege to making the world a better place. She enrolled in the International Education Policy (IEP) Program to learn how she could make a difference in refugee education, and now is…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/02/2018 4:16 PM EDT
Stewart Jones

For Stewart Jones, enrolling at the Ed School’s Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) Program was an opportunity to learn all that she possibly could about the ways technology is used in education. But the lessons that she is leaving with…


By Marin Jorgensen 05/02/2018 8:00 AM EDT
Grads

The honorees were nominated by their classmates based on who inspired them, impressed them, helped them gain a different perspective on the structures challenging education today, and created a climate that allowed for shared learning and…


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…