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By Jill Anderson 05/10/2017 1:23 PM EDT
Schools that Succeed

When author Karin Chenoweth began to investigate what goes in to making a school successful, she looked at a rather unexpected place: schools in low-income communties that, despite their lack of resources and supports, were showing impressive levels…

By Jill Anderson 05/03/2017 2:11 PM EDT
Boys to Men

From an early age, boys are shown that they need to possess strength, toughness, stoicism, and other stereotypically "masculine" traits in order to become men. Many even feel, says Mark Tappan, Ed.D.'87, a professor at Colby College and an expert on…

By Matt Weber 04/26/2017 3:37 PM EDT
Tommy Chang, courtesy of Boston Globe

When, almost two years ago, Tommy Chang took on the role of superintendent of Boston Public Schools, he did so with the hope that he would be able to build on the successes of his predessors to increase equity, innovation, and family partnerships.…

By Jill Anderson 04/19/2017 2:47 PM EDT
A Life Animated by Autism

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind always had felt compelled to find and tell the stories of individuals around the world who had been discarded by society's norms. But it wasn't until decades into his career that he began to understand…

By Jill Anderson 04/12/2017 10:20 AM EDT
Sit with Us

As a seventh- and eight-grader, Natalie Hampton — now 16 — experienced what she calls "horrific" bullying. She was cyberbullied, verbally taunted, and physically attacked, but the thing that always felt the worst to her was having to eat lunch…

By Jill Anderson 03/29/2017 4:31 PM EDT
Keeping the DREAM Alive

While a doctoral student at Arizona State University (ASU), Jesus Cisneros was struck by the lack of visible supports in place for undocumented students in the higher education setting. Especially surprising was that this was Arizona, as he calls it,…

By Jill Anderson 03/22/2017 12:33 PM EDT
Anne Holton

What will public education look like in the United States in the near future? Former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton — lawyer, judge, onetime First Lady of Virginia, and longtime advocate for children and families — knows that the…

By Matt Weber 03/15/2017 10:40 AM EDT
Walking Around the World

In 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Paul Salopek set out on a 21,000-mile journey to retrace the first human diaspora — from Ethiopia to Chile — on foot. Salopek calls this a "storytelling experiment," one he hoped would both slow things…

By Jill Anderson 03/01/2017 3:32 PM EST
Tweet to Action

How one tweet inspired a movement to erase strangers' school lunch debt, and why it's important.

By Tyler Tarnowicz, By Matt Weber 02/23/2017 3:37 PM EST
Jesse Jackson

On February 21, civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to the Ed School community — and the Harvard EdCast — about diversity and the role educators can play in fighting inequality.

By Matt Weber 02/21/2017 8:00 AM EST
Male and female college student studying in library

In her years as president of Heritage University in Washington State, Sr. Kathleen Ross noticed an emerging trend. The number of students matriculating whose parents did not have college degrees was growing to the point of outnumbering the students…

By Jill Anderson 02/07/2017 4:48 PM EST
The Sandy Hook Promise

The first step to lessening the threat of potential gun violence in our communities and schools? Awareness and a knowledge that it can happen to you, says Nicole Hockley, founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization launched…

By Jill Anderson, By Matt Weber 01/31/2017 12:25 PM EST
Next Generation Design

NetDragon's Dejian Liu joined Professor Chris Dede to build a J-Term course on using design methodology to produce new learning environments.

By Matt Weber 01/19/2017 10:18 AM EST
U.S. Capitol

In this two-part special video edition of the Harvard EdCast, Professor Paul Reville and Associate Professor Martin West look at the likely confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, and assess her potential for success in the role.…

By Matt Weber 01/12/2017 9:59 AM EST
The Mythology of the Millennial

In our digital world, where anyone with a little know-how can post unverified stories online and frame them as fact, when solid web design can make an advertisement seem like an article, and the question of what is and what is not "fake news" seems…

By Matt Weber 01/05/2017 2:37 PM EST
Hiring a Diverse Faculty

As the minority K–12 student population continues to grow into the majority in the United States, it stands to reason that the student population at colleges and universities will also soon become, says University of Pennsylvania Professor Marybeth…

By Matt Weber 12/13/2016 4:52 PM EST
Hands on globe

It is essential that in a world as hyperconnected as ours has become that nobody can be complacent, says Ross Hall, director for education at Ashoka Europe, a pioneering social entrepreneurship organization dedicated to supporting and developing…

By Matt Weber 11/30/2016 2:45 PM EST
Natasha Warikoo

Ensuring a diverse student body is of the highest priority for admissions offices at colleges and universities. In fact, the promise of a diverse campus — and the differing perspectives found on one — is often part of what attracts top students…

By Jill Anderson 11/16/2016 4:54 PM EST
Uncommon App

For Christopher Gray, college was always the goal. But as a child of a single mother of modest means, how could he ever afford it? Although the answer — scholarships — may seem obvious to a driven student like Gray, the reality is that…

By Matt Weber 11/02/2016 2:27 PM EDT
Define American

When the DREAM Act was proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2001 in response to a gifted young constiuent being kept from attending Julliard due to her undocumented status, it seemed — as it still does — like "common sense reform." So why,…


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