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By Matt Weber 06/18/2014 3:24 PM EDT
Senator Michael Johnston

The announcement this past April of Colorado State Senator Michael Johnston, Ed.M.'00, as the Ed School's 2014 convocation speaker was met with equal parts excitement and dismay. While many were eager to hear Johnston speak on the education reforms…


By Matt Weber 06/10/2014 3:56 PM EDT
Ronald Ferguson

During the summer many educators take the opportunity to develop their skills through professional development opportunities. More than 1500 educators come to the HGSE campus every summer to participate in a professional education experience.…


By Matt Weber 05/21/2014 11:17 AM EDT
Jeff Shea

Belmont High School teacher Jeff Shea was recently named by Governor Deval Patrick as 2015 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Shea was rewarded for his "dedication, commitment, and positive contributions," with special emphasis on his commitment to…


By Matt Weber 05/14/2014 3:20 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: What Excellent Community Colleges Do

In the recent Harvard Education Press title, What Excellent Community Colleges Do, author Joshua Wyner begins by identifying four domains — degree completion, equity, student learning, and labor market success — that define excellence in…


By Matt Weber 05/07/2014 8:31 AM EDT
Julie Young

Founded in 1997, the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), is the first statewide Internet-based public high school in the United States. Offering more than 120 online courses to students grades K-12, FLVS allows to learn at their own pace in their own…


By Matt Weber 04/23/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Kathleen McCartney

In this edition of the EdCast, Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on an exciting year involving a new job, book, and Twitter account. McCartney, co-editor of Harvard…


By Matt Weber 04/16/2014 2:30 PM EDT
Wendy Kopp

For 23 years, Teach For America has been recruiting high-achieving recent college graduates to its teaching corps in an effort to reduce educational inequity in the United States. In 2013, Wendy Kopp, cofounder of TFA, stepped down as CEO of the…


By Matt Weber 04/09/2014 1:49 PM EDT
Hiro Yoshikawa, photo by Janet Stearns

For 40 years, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has has been a champion of children, aiming to ensure every child a "Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life." On April 10, CDF's milestone will be celebrated…


By Matt Weber 04/02/2014 9:00 AM EDT
Temple Grandin

On March 26, Temple Grandin, world famous animal scientist and autism activist, presented "All Kinds of Minds Help the World" at the Askwith Forum.  Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, discussed her firsthand…


By Newseditor 03/26/2014 2:00 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Schools in a Broken State

All around the world there are nations in turmoil. From the current political unrest in the Ukraine and Venezuela to the civil war in Syria, countries are in crisis, much of the struggle on display to the world through news reports. But, in times…


By Matt Weber 03/10/2014 2:59 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Unlocking the Immunity to Change

On March 11, Professor Robert Kegan and Lecturer Lisa Lahey will launch the Ed School's first HarvardX course, Unlocking the Immunity to Change. Open to anyone, anywhere, this course will help students apply Kegan and Lahey's psychological…


By Matt Weber 03/05/2014 2:57 PM EST
Restoring Opportunity in Education

In the Harvard Education Press title Restoring Opportunity, coauthors Professor Richard Murnane and University of California - Irvine Professor Greg Duncan examine inequality in American education and provide detailed portraits of proven initiatives…


By Matt Weber 02/26/2014 3:05 PM EST
Beverly Daniel Tatum

On Saturday, March 1, Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum comes to the Harvard Graduate School of Education as keynote speaker for the 2014 Alumni of Color Conference, "From Dreams to Movements: Education, Inequality, and Justice." In this…


By Matt Weber 02/19/2014 2:56 PM EST
Learn Launch

On February 28 and March 1, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will cosponsor the second annual “Across Boundaries” conference with leading edtech organization LearnLaunch. An anticipated 500 entrepreneurs, educators, investors, students,…


By Matt Weber 02/12/2014 12:10 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: Can Love Be Taught?

On this Valentine's Week, everyone's attention is drawn to matters of the heart. As part of his work, Lecturer Richard Weissbourd explores how schools can help better prepare young people for romantic relationships. In fact, he wrote about this topic…


By Matt Weber 01/29/2014 3:21 PM EST
Thomas Menino

On January 6, 2014, Thomas Menino had his last day as mayor of Boston after serving over 20 years in office. During his tenure, he made great advances in the area of education in the city, including decreasing the dropout rate, raising test scores,…


By Matt Weber 01/21/2014 10:55 AM EST
HarvardX - A Year Later

During the 2012-2013 academic year HarvardX launched six courses on edX, an online learning platform jointly founded by Harvard and MIT. In addition to expanding access to knowledge and improving residential education, one of the underlying goals of…


By Matt Weber 01/15/2014 2:48 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: LGBT Activism Abroad

Pedro Robledo is known for his activism on behalf of the LGBT community in Argentina. He was instrumental in convincing Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to promote antidiscrimination laws in the country, including modifications…


By Matt Weber 01/08/2014 1:47 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: A Reading Revolution

At LightSail Ed, improving literacy in students grade K-12 is of the utmost importance. Designed to support schools as they are introducing the Common Core reading and writing lessons to their students, LightSail's literacy platform uses proven tools…


By Matt Weber 12/11/2013 8:00 AM EST
Lee Teitel

In School-Based Instructional Rounds: Improving Teaching and Learning Across Classrooms, published by Harvard Education Press, Lecturer Lee Teitel explores this innovative approach of improving teaching and learning. Through case studies at five…


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