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By Matt Weber 03/10/2016 1:00 PM EST
Alejandra Castillo

Since its creation in response to Martin Luther King's historic March on Washington, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce has been concerned with how to bring entrepreneurship into a growing minority…


By Matt Weber 03/03/2016 12:31 PM EST
The Professional Kindergartner

Her modern picture book classics Hippos Go Beserk!, Moo, Baa, La La La!, and Blue Hat, Green Hat may be staples on the bookshelves of toddlers and preschoolers everywhere, helping children learn their Opposites and A to Z, but children's book author,…


By Matt Weber 02/24/2016 3:21 PM EST
Teaching History Then and Now

How has the teaching of history changed over the last half-century? That's what Larry Cuban, emeritus professor at Stanford, was curious to find out when he began researching his new book, Teaching History Then and Now: A Story of Stability and…


By Matt Weber 02/17/2016 2:32 PM EST
Rodrigo Mendes

Throughout his career, activist Rodrigo Mendes has traveled the world searching for consistent practices in education, particularly in regard to students with disabilities or special needs. What he has found, he says, is a tension between opposing…


By Matt Weber 02/10/2016 11:29 AM EST
Robert Putnam

One of the most serious problems facing America today, says Harvard Kennedy School Professor Robert Putnam, is the opportunity gap. The space between the incomes of the rich and the poor is growing, and because of that gap, children are being left…


By Matt Weber 01/21/2016 2:52 PM EST
Monica Higgins

How does one build off of a good idea? That is the question that HGSE's new professional education program hopes to answer. Designed for those looking to extend the reach of their businesses, Scaling for Impact will provide education leaders,…


By Matt Weber 01/14/2016 12:51 PM EST
Joseph Davis by Sid Hastings/Corbis

What do educators mean when they talk about equity? Joseph Davis, Ed.M.'00, Ed.D.'08, superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant Schools in Missouri, has some thoughts."Often we confuse equity and equality," he says. "I think we need to be clear about —…


By Matt Weber 01/06/2016 1:17 PM EST
Teresa Sullivan

As president of the University of Virginia since 2010, Teresa Sullivan has encountered challenges both big and small. She knows, though, an organization of this size and scope cannot be run by one person alone. Open communication in the University of…


By Matt Weber 12/17/2015 2:02 PM EST
Community Ed Reform

In 2007, when Kaya Henderson, current chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, was deputy chancellor, the struggling school system came under mayoral control. At the time, it was one of the lowest performing school districts in the United…


By Matt Weber 12/07/2015 1:33 PM EST
Capitol

Last week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which, if passed by the Senate this week, will replace significant elements of No Child Left Behind. Although, the bill is not…


By Matt Weber 11/30/2015 4:14 PM EST
Tom Hehir

In 1975, public schools in the United States accommodated only 1 out of 5 children with disabilities. Many states had laws that explicitly excluded children with disabilities — including children who were deaf or blind, children who had been…


By Matt Weber 11/12/2015 3:35 PM EST
Rac(e)ing to Class

Even teachers with the best intentions can put conversations around race on the backburner, says H. Richard Milner IV, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School for Education. But, as Milner writes in the Harvard Education Press title,…


By Matt Weber 11/05/2015 10:03 AM EST
Examining Blended Learning

Blended learning courses, in which at least some of the curriculum is delivered digitally through online platforms, is becoming more and more commonplace in schools. In fact, says Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, she consistently hears from schools and…


By Matt Weber 10/27/2015 11:51 AM EDT
David Deming

When Associate Professor David Deming and the coauthors of the new paper, When Does Accountability Work? — Sarah Cohodes, Ed.M.'11; Jennifer Jennings; and Christopher Jencks — embarked on their study of the accountability practices of the school…


By Matt Weber 10/21/2015 2:26 PM EDT
Failing Our Brightest Kids

What happens when schools focus the majority of their efforts on boosting low-achieving kids to proficiency? In this country, says Chester Finn, M.A.T'67, Ed.D.'70, it results in the students who are already above that bar being neglected."This…


By Matt Weber 10/14/2015 2:52 PM EDT
Inside the Mind of a Teacher

Are we all born teachers? Doctoral candidate Vanessa Rodriguez, Ed.M.'13 (@teachingbrain), thinks so. Often the discussion of how we teach is only had in relation to how we learn. So, how is it, then, that teaching can be seen in playgroups and…


By Matt Weber 10/07/2015 11:55 AM EDT
Child Reading

When, in the 1960s, P. David Pearson — professor at Graduate School of Education, University of California–Berkeley — entered into his studies on reading and how children understand what they read, his interests were basically counterculture,…


By Matt Weber 09/30/2015 9:46 AM EDT
Mindfulness

In most positions of education leadership, stress is just part of the job. But educators need to be careful to not let those negative feelings bog them — or their organizations — down, says author and psychologist Rick Hanson, a senior fellow at…


By Matt Weber 09/22/2015 10:26 AM EDT
Dale Russakoff

When Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 to announce his $100 million gift to the Newark, New Jersey, public schools, viewers — including the community the gift was meant to help — were both stunned and…


By Matt Weber 09/17/2015 10:52 AM EDT
The Future of Learning Spaces

The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) aims to — according to its mission — "catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard." With support of all of the schools and deans at Harvard, HILT sponsors a wide…


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