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Alumni Q&As

We had questions, these alums had something to say.

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Mary Skipper

Skipper Returns to Boston Schools

Taking over as the new superintendent, alum aims to be a difference-maker for the district

Illustration of hands reaching toward the Earth

Writing Student-Friendly Climate Curriculum for Teachers

Writing curriculum for K–12 teachers looking for credible, unbiased material on climate change.

Max Tang

Tricky Transfer Process

Max Tang is helping other community college students navigate the move to a four-year school.

Josh Lafazan

Q+A: Josh Lafazan, Ed.M.’17

An alum on the powerful role young people can play in government and the importance of local politics.     

Michael Sadowski

Memoir Making

Michael Sadowski, Ed.M.’95, Ed.D.’05, believes that every life can tell a story — it just takes some digging to figure out what that story is.

Clint Smith

Clint Smith, Ed.M.’17, Ph.D.’20, On:

His hopes for the book, what didn’t make the cut, and how time changes things.

Healing Breath illustration of ocean

Q+A: Bill Meyer, Ed.M.’04

On how daily meditation changes teaching and learning.

A blank page in an open notebook, surrounded by cooking ingredients

Q+A: Jessica Lander, Ed.M.’15

Making classroom connections through recipes and food.

Afghanistan map

Q+ A: Janhvi Kanoria, Ed.M.’10

Alum pivots quickly to help Afghan refugees fleeing to Qatar continue their learning.

Illustration of people reading

Q+A: Kam Sripada, Ed.M.’10

The education level of mothers and fathers matters for child mortality.

Prasanth Nori on Zoom call

Q+A: Prasanth Nori, Ed.M.’19

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

Hanna Rodriguez Farrar

Staying Connected to HGSE

The outgoing chair of the Alumni Council discusses the value of the HGSE network.

Illustration by James Graham

Masking the Problem

How Ken Lim, Ed.M.’99, taught kids to understand why masks matter.

Ilona Holland book

Q+A: Ilona Holland, Ed.M.’85, Ed.D.’91

An alum's picture books inspire children's interest in history.

Siya Raj Purohit

Q+A: Siya Raj Purohit, Ed.M.’16

An alum talks about funding edtech startups that focus on the human side of work.

Liz Zhong with students

Q+A: Liz Zhong, Ed.M.’18

How one alum is building relationships between children from rural areas and their migrant worker parents.

Sirius game map screenshot

Q+A: Laura Cesaro, Ed.M.’21

Online game created by current student helps other students connect to the classics.

Zach Clark

Q+A: Zachary Clark, Ed.M.’12

A D.C. nonprofit shares the magic of writing with young learners.

Cesar Cruz

Get to Know the Keynote Speaker: Cesar Cruz, Ed.L.D.’16

Bringing the power of community to the 2021 Alumni of Color Conference.

Jessie Magyar

Q+A: Jessie Miyu Magyar, Ed.M.’17

An alum on altering museum offerings and making them accessible during the pandemic.

Michael Lipset, Ed.M.'16

Q+A: Michael Lipset, Ed.M.’16

A new audio project called Sound Practice by Michael Lipset, Ed.M.'16, is designed to help people doing equity work get centered — and off of screens.

Charter School

A Charter Member

An insider's look at the birth and growth of the charter school movement.

Christina V Villarreal

The Making of Lecturer Christina Villarreal

On her warrior mother, the joy of teaching middle schoolers, and why she’s known as V or Dr. V on both coasts.

Illustration by George Wylesol

Grade Expectations

Why we need to rethink grading in our schools.

I Spy

One on One with Jean Marzollo

A Q&A with I SPY author Jean Marzollo, who died in April 2018.