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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…


By Matt Weber 09/21/2016 11:23 AM EDT
Online Reading in Schools

How has the nature of reading changed since the advent of the internet? And how are those that are teaching reading keeping up? Not as well as they could be, says Donald Leu, professor of education at the University of Connecticut Neag School of…


By Matt Weber 09/14/2016 10:25 AM EDT
What is Equity in Education?

Issues of equity continue to plague the field of education. How can leaders tell if those problems exist in their school or district? It's fairly simple to identify, says Robert Smith, former superintendent of schools in Arlington, Virginia, and…


By Matt Weber 08/31/2016 11:21 AM EDT
What Happens After Yes

How have girls' feelings about sex and sexuality changed over the years? Not as much as it would seem, says Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex, a book that examines how today's young women navigate a landscape that includes hook-up culture,…


By Matt Weber 08/11/2016 3:20 PM EDT
Judy Lam

The state of higher education in China is constantly evolving. Once dominated by public universities, the overwhelming demand for higher education in the country — with which public universities cannot keep up — has led to the emergence of…


By Matt Weber 08/04/2016 9:29 AM EDT
Portrait of an Educator

In her new book from Harvard Education Press, Brooklyn Dreams, author and educator Sonia Nieto tells the story of her life in education — as a student, teacher, and activist. The child of Puerto Rican immigrants, Nieto attended New York City public…


By Matt Weber 07/27/2016 3:22 PM EDT
The World Course

The world is changing, says Professor Fernando Reimers, and the schools of the world must change with it. Preparing students to become global citizens should be a priority for all educators, but how exactly should these lessons be approached?"If we…


By Matt Weber 07/20/2016 2:30 PM EDT
Rick Hess

From Teach For America to Khan Academy, innovative initiatives have been popping up in the world of education over the last several years, all looking to change — for the better — the way things are done in the field. What is it about the current…


By Matt Weber 07/07/2016 4:18 PM EDT
Robin Hauser Reynolds

For the very first time in her academic career, filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds' daughter had doubts. Always a confident and capable student, now, as a first-year college student studying computer science, she felt that she didn't belong. Not only…


By Matt Weber 06/29/2016 2:33 PM EDT
Julie Goodridge

The innocent comment of their 4-year-old daughter, Annie, is what spurred Julie Goodridge, Ed.M.'83, an her then-partner Hillary to action. After reading a book about people who loved each other, Annie made a list. On it were all the people who she…


By Matt Weber 06/15/2016 11:56 AM EDT
Understanding Educational Ethics

Situations of ethics are encountered by teachers, education leaders, and policymakers regularly,  but a true definition of "educational ethics" is difficult to pin down.While theories both broad and specific are common, "we don't really have a…


By Matt Weber 06/08/2016 3:15 PM EDT
The Role of Family In a Child’s Success

In his six years in office — four of which he chair the city's education committee — former Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly went out into the community, met with families, asked questions, and listened."What I saw very clearly," he says,…


By Matt Weber 06/01/2016 3:33 PM EDT
How To Give Good Feedback

How can those in education — and outside of it, for that matter — deliver feedback to their employees and colleagues in a constructive way, in a developmental and supportive way that can be true feedback for growth? This is the question explored…


By Matt Weber 05/19/2016 2:53 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough's best-selling book, How Children Succeed, shined a light on how noncognitive factors like curiosity, conscientiousness, and grit — the qualities that make up a child's character — contribute to long-term success in the classroom. An…


By Matt Weber 05/11/2016 3:53 PM EDT
Facebook Education

Schools across the country have embraced the philosophies behind personalized learning, customizing their curriculums to suit the needs and interests of their students, with teachers taking the lead. But schools aren't alone in seeing the benefits of…


By Matt Weber 05/04/2016 4:43 PM EDT
Books, Movies, and Civic Engagement

Discussion — a powerful driver of learning — doesn't play nearly as big a role in the classroom as one might think, says Professor Robert Selman, faculty co-chair of HGSE's new professional education institute, Books, Movies, and Civic…


By Matt Weber 04/21/2016 12:03 PM EDT
Educating Girls Globally

The global conversation around education — the access to and quality of — is of the utmost importance, says Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO. But what should not be overlooked is the "unfinished business," namely that, in terms of parity…


By Matt Weber 04/18/2016 11:11 AM EDT
Finding Passion in Learning

The intersection of arts and education — and the idea of artists as teachers — is a subject that has long fascinated Lecturer Steve Seidel, director of the Arts in Education Program. And, as faculty chair of The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning,…


By Matt Weber 04/06/2016 3:22 PM EDT
An Everyone Culture

How can your company or organization — or school — unlock its full potential? In their new book, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, Ed School faculty members Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and…


By Matt Weber 03/23/2016 4:28 PM EDT
Diane Moore

The puzzle of how to best teach religion — and how to teach teachers how to best teach religion — is one that Harvard Divinity School Senior Lecturer Diane Moore has been grappling with for a good part of her career. As a result, she has…


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