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By Matt Weber 11/20/2013 3:22 PM EST
Anant Agarwal

In 2012, Harvard and MIT partnered to create edX, a nonprofit, online initiative that offers college-level courses and MOOCs to a worldwide audience at no charge. With courses offered by prestigious universities around the country in disciplines…


By Matt Weber 11/13/2013 3:41 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: The Ed Reform Menu

The new book, Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform -- edited by Helen Janc Malone, Ed.D.'13 -- features a collection of original essays by experts in the field of education reform. In their pieces,…


By Matt Weber 11/06/2013 12:52 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: What's Happening With Vegas?

Emiliana Vegas, Ed.M.'96, Ed.D.'01, is a leading expert on global education policy issues, including teacher policies, education finance systems, and early childhood development policies. Having spent over a decade at the World Bank, where she…


By Matt Weber 10/30/2013 9:53 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Stretching the Higher Education Dollar

In the new book, Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability, published by Harvard Education Press,  editors Andrew Kelly and Kevin Carey invite higher education experts to weigh in…


By Matt Weber 09/18/2013 3:15 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Lessons from "The Watsons"

In the Walden Media film, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- and the children's novel upon which it is based -- a family from Flint, Mich. travels on vacation to Birmingham, Ala. in the summer of 1963, only to find a world much different from the one…


By Matt Weber 09/04/2013 10:24 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Preventing Summer Melt

Why do so many college-eligible students -- recent high school graduates who have been accepted to college and in some cases have even enrolled -- decide over the summer that college is just not for them? "Summer melt," as this phenomenon is called,…


By Matt Weber 08/27/2013 10:38 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: A Talk with Dean James Ryan

On Tuesday, August 20, James Ryan, one of the nation’s leading scholars of education law and policy, officially began his tenure as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this edition of the EdCast, Ryan reflects on his vision for…


By Matt Weber 08/14/2013 3:10 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Education as a matter of survival, Jeffry Sachs

Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Jeffrey Sachs is an economist, professor, author, and senior UN adviser. Previously at Harvard for over 20 years -- most recently as director of the Center for International Development -- Sachs…


By Matt Weber 07/31/2013 11:13 AM EDT
Richard Hopper

Last spring, Richard Hopper, Ed.M.'97, C.A.S.'00, Ed.D.'04, former World Bank education specialist, assumed his role as president of Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine. Hopper returned to the Ed School this summer to participate in the…


By Matt Weber 07/10/2013 8:57 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: The Legacy of Mr. James Meredith

On May 29, James Meredith, one of the key figures in the Civil Rights Movement, visited the Ed School to accept the Harvard Graduate School of Education Medal for Education Impact, the highest honor given by the school, and speak at the 2013…


By Matt Weber 06/19/2013 3:09 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: 20 Minutes with Noam Chomsky

On May 1, the Askwith Forum commemorated the 45th anniversary of the publication of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed with a discussion about the book’s impact and relevance to education today. On the panel was Noam Chomsky, noted linguist…


By Matt Weber 06/05/2013 4:49 PM EDT
Jack Shonkoff

Like many experts and practitioners in the field, Professor Jack Shonkoff was intrigued by President Obama's emphasis on early childhood education in his most recent State of the Union Address. In this edition of the EdCast, Shonkoff, director of the…


By Matt Weber 05/22/2013 4:38 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: The Allure of Order

In his new book, The Allure of Order, Associate Professor Jal Mehta looks at the last century of education reform in the United States and discusses why certain reform efforts -- including No Child Left Behind -- have been less than successful. He…


By Matt Weber 05/16/2013 9:39 AM EDT
30 Lessons for Living

Internationally renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer's research examines how people develop and change throughout their lives. His recent set of studies, The Legacy Project, aims to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us…


By Matt Weber 04/29/2013 3:23 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Gardner's Greatest Hits

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. During the past two decades, he has been involved in the…


By Matt Weber 04/24/2013 3:46 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: The San Diego Superintendent Story

In the new book, Tilting at Windmills, published by Harvard Education Press, author Richard Lee Colvin examines Alan Bersin's ambitious efforts to reform the San Diego school system during his superintendency from 1998 to 2005. In this edition of the…


By Matt Weber 04/16/2013 2:58 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Discussing Tragedy with Children

In the wake of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, we have come together as families, communities, a city, and a nation, to mourn those lost and attempt to make sense of what is, in the end, a terribly senseless act. But how do we, as adults,…


By Matt Weber 04/10/2013 9:00 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Sticks and Stones

In Sticks and Stones, writer Emily Bazelon explores the bullying epidemic -- from classrooms to cafeterias to Facebook -- and attempts to define both what bullying is and what it is not.She also dispels myths, explores real incidents of…


By Matt Weber 04/03/2013 4:13 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: The Education Storyteller

John Merrow, Ed.D.'73, is a broadcast journalist who has reported on education issues for more than three decades. He is an education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and president of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New…


By Matt Weber 03/27/2013 4:04 PM EDT
EdCast: Getting the Big Picture

In their new book, Leaving to Learn: Designing a Student Experience that Reduces Dropouts and Produces Deep Engagement in Learning, Elliot Washor, cofounder of Big Picture Learning, and collaborator Charlie Mojkowski explore the reasons kids drop out…


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