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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,…

By Iman Rastegari 10/26/2016 4:47 PM EDT
One in a Billion

In launching her media startup, China Personified, international television journalist Mable Chan wanted to shine a light on the personal stories that make up her home country."Storytelling is the most powerful vehicle that anyone can use," says…

By Matt Weber 10/19/2016 2:50 PM EDT
I Wish My Teacher Knew

As a first-year teacher, Kyle Schwartz just didn't know where to begin. "I just really didn't know what I didn't know," she says.So, she came up with a very simple idea: She offered her third-graders notecards and asked them to complete the sentence,…

By Matt Weber 10/13/2016 2:11 PM EDT
Dancing in the Rain

No matter how you're feeling, no matter the stress level, you can always get up and dance, says Professor Jerome (Jerry) Murphy. This is one solution proposed in his new Harvard Education Press title, Dancing in the Rain: Leading with Compassion,…

By Matt Weber 10/05/2016 3:47 PM EDT
Hanan Al-Hroub

Palestinian educator Hanan Al Hroub — winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation — found her professional calling in a nontraditional way. It all started when her children and husband were caught in an Israeli attack on…

By Matt Weber 09/29/2016 11:01 AM EDT
The Case For Homework

This fall, the start of the new school year seemingly brought with it a trend of teachers forgoing homework assignments in order to allow their students more time outside of school for family and play. A number of these announcements took off on…