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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…

By Matt Weber 09/10/2015 2:23 PM EDT
College and Business

How can colleges and universities help to ensure that their graduates are employable once their studies are complete? One way, says Peter Stokes, author of the Harvard Education Press title Higher Education and Employability, is to collaborate more…

By Matt Weber 09/02/2015 3:03 PM EDT
Define American

How does one empower undocumented students? How does one get them to think about furthering their education beyond high school? These questions are at the forefront of Karen Willemsen's mind as education director for Define American, a media-culture…

By Matt Weber 08/27/2015 8:34 AM EDT
Girl writing

What does student-centered learning look like in real-life classrooms? That is the question that author and educator Bill Nave aims to answer in his new book from Harvard Education Press, Student-Centered Learning: Nine Classrooms in Action, in which…

By Matt Weber 08/19/2015 1:49 PM EDT
Roberto Rodriguez

For Roberto Rodriguez, Ed.M.'98, returning to the Ed School this past May to deliver the convocation address to the HGSE class of 2015 was a privilege. Currently serving on the White House Domestic Policy Council as deputy assistant to President…

By Matt Weber 08/05/2015 4:20 PM EDT
Farah Pandith

Few would argue against compassion and respect as essential ingredients to a peaceful world. But how do we foster these qualities in our children when what we are teaching is only part of the equation? How can we make sure that the lessons of…

By Matt Weber 07/22/2015 11:12 AM EDT
States and Schools

Over the last several years, education has become more politicized than ever, says Chris Minnich, executive director of the nonprofit Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). At the Harvard Graduate School of Education this week to begin…

By Matt Weber 07/09/2015 10:05 AM EDT
Jennifer Bryan

Psychologist and author Jennifer Bryan talks to Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd about issues of gender and heteronormativity in schools.

By Matt Weber 06/24/2015 11:22 AM EDT
Is Public Education Dead?

Is the public education system in the United States irretrievably broken? Many would argue yes, says author and professor David Kirp. "If you listen to the critics, public education is dead," says Kirp. " it's a hopelessly bloated bureaucracy ... and…

By Matt Weber 06/10/2015 11:33 AM EDT
Randi Weingarten

How can we transform the field of teaching? Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has some ideas. First, she says, we need to "make this a middle-class profession" and ensure that teachers receive the pay and the…

By Matt Weber 05/20/2015 9:56 AM EDT
Ripe for Change

The school garden movement is growing. A significant resource for teaching and learning, gardens provide students with a connection to nature and an understanding of where the food we all eat comes from. The act of building and maintaining a garden…

By Matt Weber 05/05/2015 9:37 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Why I Love Baltimore

When Professor Andres Alonso arrived in Baltimore in 2007 to become the CEO of Baltimore City Schools — a post he would go on to hold for six years — he was delighted to find a city open to him and his ideas. He found, he says, an…

By Matt Weber 04/29/2015 5:08 PM EDT
Kathy Boudett

Since its inception, the ultimate goal of the Data Wise Project has been to provide every student with an excellent education. The way to accomplish this, they feel, is to help teachers make the best possible use of all of the data they have access…

By Matt Weber 04/24/2015 9:55 AM EDT
Write the World

With a passion for education, David Weinstein saw the gap between the inadequate writing skills of high school students and the 21st-century demands of colleges, workplaces, and engaged citizenship. During a two-year fellowship at Harvard’s…

By Matt Weber 04/08/2015 4:21 PM EDT
The Test book cover

In writing her recent book, The Test, NPR's lead education blogger Anya Kamenetz wanted to trace high-stakes testing back to its roots in the hope of understanding where these tests come from, how they are made, and how they are really affecting…

By Matt Weber 04/02/2015 8:55 AM EDT
Anne Marcus

Anne Marcus, co-founder of Exceptional Lives, and Chris Spence, educational developer, reflect on ways of improving disability awareness on 2015 World Autism Awareness Day. About the Harvard EdCast The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series…

By Matt Weber 03/25/2015 8:00 AM EDT
Jennings Bookcover

In 1965, the federal government authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), cementing their involvement in public education for the next 50 years. Jack Jennings, author of the new Harvard Education Press title Presidents, Congress,…

By Matt Weber 03/18/2015 2:01 PM EDT
Stephanie Wilson

Despite being told that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up, girls continue to be underrepresented when it comes to courses of study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). At last month's Askwith…

By Matt Weber 03/13/2015 11:01 AM EDT
Carmen Farina

Carmen Fariña, chancellor of New York City Department of Education and 50-year veteran educator, wants to make one simple thing clear: Education is all about the children. In order to do the best for them, the adults — from parents to teachers,…

By Matt Weber 03/04/2015 2:55 PM EST
Jose Antonio Vargus

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas shares his story of being an undocumented immigrant and discusses how he hopes to change the conversation around immigration in the United States.