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Ed.Magazine Articles – Summer 2011

By Matt Weber 05/24/2011 2:05 PM EDT
On Deliberately Developmental Organizations

Assistant Professor Katherine Masyn makes statistics fun.

By Matt Weber 05/18/2011 3:48 PM EDT

Mary Skipper, Ed.M.'06, chief education officer of TechBoston Academy, looks at her school gymnasium in a completely different light.

By Matt Weber 05/17/2011 3:27 PM EDT

For the nearly 800 students at TechBoston Academy, it was the opportunity of a lifetime: President Barack Obama chose to visit their school as part of his recent trip to the Bay State. Headmaster Mary Skipper, Ed.M.’06, gave Obama a three-hour…

By Newseditor 05/17/2011 2:50 PM EDT

Published as a sidebar to Ed. magazine feature, “Quiz Kids.”If you’ve never seen a high school quiz competition, think Jeopardy! but with teenagers, two teams, and without the answer being phrased as a question. Although every competition has…

By Lory Hough 05/17/2011 2:47 PM EDT
A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

Published as a sidebar to Ed. magazine feature, “Quiz Kids.”You don’t have to be of voting age to be famous. Identify the following well-known children and teenagers, real and fictional (answers on the bottom of the page):1. A boy king of…

By Matt Weber 05/17/2011 12:14 PM EDT

For the nearly 800 students at TechBoston Academy, it was the opportunity of a lifetime: President Barack Obama chose to visit their school as part of his recent trip to the Bay State. Headmaster Mary Skipper, Ed.M.’06, gave Obama a three-hour…

By Laura Pappano 05/16/2011 3:51 PM EDT
Chair on top of desk

Schools close for many reasons: tight budgets, dismal performance, underenrollment, and failing buildings. We often ask why and when, but rarely ever how.In mid-November, just as Justin Vernon, Ed.M.’06, was settling into the academic year and his…

By Lory Hough 05/16/2011 2:15 PM EDT
Gameshow, illustration by Lynn Rowe Reed

The toss-up round has just ended. Billy Costa, the show’s quizmaster and a well-known radio and television personality in Boston, looks at the eight high school students standing behind two podiums and throws up his arms.“How did you know all of…

By Mary Tamer 05/16/2011 12:39 PM EDT
Lunch tray

As the National School Lunch Program changes gears to address staggering rates of obesity in addition to hunger, how easy will it be to wean today’s kids off of the salty, fatty foods they’ve learned to love? In August 2010, Newsweek reported…

By Lory Hough 05/13/2011 4:57 PM EDT
Katherine Masyn

She fell in love with math at an early age. She eventually discovered statistics while in college and was even more enamored. But it was actually a veterinary school that introduced Katherine Masyn to something that would take her through three Ph.D.…

By Erica Mosca, Ed.M.'11 05/13/2011 4:49 PM EDT
Erica Mosca, illustration by Daniel Vasconcellos

At 16, the most important event in my life occurred: My family moved out of a lower-income southern California neighborhood to a middle-class community. I went from earning a GPA ranking me sixth out of more than 300 students to earning the first C…

By Mateo Corby 05/13/2011 4:45 PM EDT
Website screenshot of goseecampus

The campus visit is a significant and memorable occasion for students and parents involved in the college search, but organizing the adventure can sometimes be a nightmare.When Kevin Preis, Ed.M.’07, witnessed family members struggling with the…

By Umesh Sharma 05/13/2011 4:38 PM EDT
Construction of Al Bessil School

This is the story of a Harvard graduate who has taken the road less traveled. I came to the United States six years ago from Rajasthan, India, to attend Harvard. After obtaining my master’s in the International Education Policy Program, I decided…

By Newseditor 05/13/2011 4:30 PM EDT
Ryan Shepard

Program: Education Policy and Management Tool for Change: Advocacy Hometown: Los AngelesKids need to be given chances. Student Government Association president Ryan Shepard knows this. He’s seen it in the classroom during his two years with Teach…

By Newseditor 05/13/2011 4:19 PM EDT
Alum Named Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools

We asked our Facebook fans to tell us what one question they would ask an Ed School faculty member if given the opportunity. The one we chose for this issue was from Maria Marimar.Maria Marimar: How is Obama’s education policy working for English…

By Newseditor 05/13/2011 4:10 PM EDT
Natasha Kumar Warikoo

Currently reading: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin. It’s a collection of interconnected short stories that move between New York and rural and urban Pakistan.First impressions: Fantastic. It’s an unconventional view on…

By Mateo Corby 05/13/2011 4:04 PM EDT
Book Cover: Your Successful Preschooler

Anyone who has spent time with young children can tell you that not every child is naturally social. Some are simply more engaged with their friends than others. Fortunately, the latest research shows that children can be taught — at very young…

By Mateo Corby 05/13/2011 3:49 PM EDT
Book Cover: Immigrants Raising Citizens

Roughly 4 million children born in the United States are being raised by undocumented immigrant parents. Policymakers often consider these immigrants to be an economic or labor market problem to be solved, but few take into account the human side of…

By Newseditor 05/13/2011 3:41 PM EDT
Book Cover: In Brown's Wake

Nearly six decades after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education court case established racial equality as a core commitment of American schools, the decision still shapes the way we think about the concept of equal opportunity in many diverse…

By Mary Tamer 05/13/2011 12:56 PM EDT
Sandwich lunch and apple

Published as a sidebar to Ed. magazine feature, "Lunch Line."Though the guidelines prescribed in the Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act don’t go into effect until fall 2012, some school systems around the country have already taken matters into their…