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By Matt Weber 02/25/2015 2:52 PM EST
Jeff Hobbs

Where Robert Peace grew up in Newark, New Jersey, it was far from a given that he would attend college, never mind an Ivy League school. His neighborhood was rough, his father was incarcerated, and his mother was struggling to make ends meet. But…

By Matt Weber 02/11/2015 3:45 PM EST
Rusty School Chairs by Geraint Rowland/flickr

From Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia, from Latin America to the United States, all over the world incidences of corruption in educational settings are arising, oftentimes going unnoticed or ignored by the systems in which they occur. Stephen…

By Matt Weber 01/29/2015 12:25 PM EST
Piney Woods School

In 1909, an educator named Laurence C. Jones discovered that the illiteracy rate in Rankin County, Mississippi, was above 80 percent. Considering this inexcusable, Jones founded the Piney Woods Country Life School with the goal of educating the sons…

By Matt Weber 01/14/2015 1:41 PM EST
Jacqueline Jones

On December 12, 2014, the Ed School's The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education brought together leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to engage with the latest thinking, research, and practice in building and sustaining high-quality…

By Matt Weber 12/18/2014 8:09 AM EST
Brilliant Club

One challenge facing the education system in the United Kingdom is that students from non-selective state (public) schools are underrepresented in institutions of higher education. The goal of the Brilliant Club, a nonprofit organization serving…

By Matt Weber 12/03/2014 1:08 PM EST
David Johns

On December 2, David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, visited the Askwith Forum to lead a discussion on educational opportunity. Johns engaged the crowd with his frank talk about…

By Matt Weber 11/19/2014 10:51 AM EST
Claude Steele

Renowned social psychologist and educator Claude Steele became even better known in 2010 with the publication of his book Whistling Vivaldi, which focuses on Steele's theory of "stereotype threat" as a possible explanation for the underperformance of…

By Matt Weber 11/12/2014 2:41 PM EST
Eric Mazur

On Thursday, November 13, the fourth class in Harvard Graduate School of Education's Master Class series will take place with Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Richard Light,…

By Matt Weber 11/05/2014 4:04 PM EST
Social Justice Art

In Social Justice Art, a new book from Harvard Education Press, author Marit Dewhurst, Ed.M.'03, Ed.D.'09, explores how young students can be encouraged to think about topics of social justice through the learning -- and doing -- of art. Drawing upon…

By Matt Weber 10/29/2014 3:49 PM EDT
PreK Classroom

Federal, state and community agencies across the nation are working on an aspirational and ambitious agenda for dramatic expansion of high-quality early learning opportunities in the years before kindergarten, including pre-K. The enterprise is aimed…

By Matt Weber 10/28/2014 3:30 PM EDT
Mark Yudof

At the Askwith Forum, "Higher Education, the Cost Disease, and Systemic Reform," on October 27, veteran college administrator Mark Yudof delved in to the history of higher education funding, its current state, and the reforms that may be necessary…

By Matt Weber 10/22/2014 1:20 PM EDT
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As the rise of open-access learning opportunities through technology -- including massive open online courses (MOOCs) -- continues, it becomes essential to understand both their strengths and limitations as educational experiences. To open that…

By Matt Weber 10/17/2014 9:25 AM EDT
Metta McGarvey

It is not unusual for even the most experienced school and organization leaders to feel exhausted and overwhelmed at times, and so the practice of mindful leadership in education continues to grow. The Programs in Professional Education (PPE)…

By Matt Weber 10/08/2014 12:14 PM EDT
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Senior Lecturer Rick Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project, outlines a new way for schools to examine their culture and environment through the power of big data.

By Matt Weber 09/17/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Privatization and the Public Good

“Public education is in crisis — and it has been for some time. The problem is, no one can agree on the problem, and when there is no agreement on the problem, developing solutions is nearly impossible.” Thus writes Matthew Lambert in his new…

By Matt Weber 08/27/2014 1:32 PM EDT
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Over the years, gender equity in high school STEM classes has made great strides. Boys used to outnumber girls in STEM class enrollment, yet in many subjects, the divide has been closing. "In math we've seen a dramatic shrinking of what used to be a…

By Newseditor 08/19/2014 4:08 PM EDT
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The Harvard Graduate School of Education has announced a leadership development program that will consider the evolving role of independent schools and their leadership. The Future of Independent Schools: Leading in a Changing Context will be offered…

By Jill Anderson, By Matt Weber 07/30/2014 4:35 PM EDT
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HGSE Partners with the White House for College Opportunity Agenda Event.

By Matt Weber 07/09/2014 3:41 PM EDT
Jin Li

Are you an Eastern or Western Learner? Based on decades of research, Jin Li, Ed.D.'97, professor at Brown University, has advanced a conceptual distinction between the Western mind-model and the East Asian virtue model of learning. The former aims at…

By Matt Weber 06/25/2014 3:17 PM EDT
Richard Weissbourd

The Making Caring Common Project has released a new report -- "The Children We Mean to Raise" -- examining the messages adults are sending about values, and how children are interpreting them. Highlighted on Good Morning, America and Today, and in…