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Coronavirus: HGSE Looks Forward

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is actively preparing for a safe return to campus, starting in August 2021, following the three priorities that have guided us since the start of the COVID-19 crisis:

  • the health and safety of community members, their families, and the public;
  • academic progress and success for our students;
  • and sustaining our community and strengthening relationships with one another.

For questions about HGSE's reopening plans, please contact

HGSE's Community Compact

As we safely reopen our campus, HGSE’s Community Compact spells out our shared responsibilities for maintaining a healthy community. Read the compact.

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HGSE's Latest Updates

Educational activities will be in-person as much as possible this fall. The semester will include a mix of in-person learning, some online learning, and some flexible modes of learning. (Note: August 2021 courses will conducted virtually.)

  • HGSE will reopen its campus in phases, starting August 2, 2021, aligned with academic programming needs. [Campus remains closed until then. Request building access.] All buildings and spaces meet federal and state safety requirements; many exceed that standard.
  • Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all community members. Get vaccine information — and verify your vaccination status as soon as possible. (Vaccine verification is required to inform the University's health policies and protections.) For international students unable to get vaccinated prior to arrival, vaccines will be provided.
  • Regular COVID testing will be required for all Harvard affiliates who are on campus, including at HGSE. You can log onto Crimson Clear to find your testing cadence.
  • Before returning to campus, you'll need to create an account with Color, the University's health testing partner, which provides self-administered testing kits, sends reminders, and delivers results. Create your account using your Harvard email address.
  • You'll be able to pick up your testing kits at the Gutman Library security desk. You'll drop off your completed tests at Gutman Library or 36 locations across campus.
  • Note: Indoor masking requirements are in effect. More on how to choose a protective mask.
Important Communication from the Dean
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Visit Harvard’s coronavirus website for detailed information about vaccination, testing, travel guidance, and other university policies and communication.
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Education and the Pandemic

The pandemic has upended the field of education and the lives of students, educators, caregivers, and community leaders. HGSE has responded by offering an immersive series of broadcasts and useful resources. Explore our Education Now initiative to watch episodes on timely topics. See below to explore content on teaching, leading, and parenting

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Teaching Amid Crisis

Prasanth Nori on Zoom call

A post on Twitter led to one alum helping families in India when during the country's second wave of COVID.

Science symbols

Ruth Park talks lessons learned after a unique inaugural year in the classroom.

Sun over ocean illustration

After a challenging year, resources to help you use summer downtime to the fullest.

Leading Amid Crisis

Geoffrey Canada

By All Means Convening keynote highlights the ways schools and communities can work together to push forward significant changes.

David Kwabena Wilson

It’s never been easy to be a college president. This past year, with a pandemic in full swing, the job became that much harder.

Illustration by Harry Campbell

The pandemic disrupted how school works. (And disruption is good!) Eighteen changes that we are totally here for.

Parenting Amid Crisis

Happy child on playground slide

The importance of outdoor, child-centered play in helping children manage unpredictability.

Parent looking at laptop with child

Even media that's not specifically educational can spur learning and connection, with an intentional approach.

Teens in masks

Six ways families and schools can foster adolescent development.

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