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By Matt Weber 03/13/2013 4:23 PM EDT
Jessie Woolley-Wilson

DreamBox Learning is an online elementary math program that raises student performance and confidence. Designed to work for at-home study or in conjunction with an existing curriculum, DreamBox software is revolutionizing how math is taught to -- and…


By Matt Weber 03/06/2013 12:01 PM EST
Girl Rising

The documentary feature, Girl Rising, tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries -- written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses -- showcasing the strength of the human spirit and the power of…


By Matt Weber 02/27/2013 1:58 PM EST
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman has just been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Medal for Education Impact, the highest honor given by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The medal is awarded to a person who is making a lasting difference in the…


By Matt Weber 02/13/2013 4:49 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: Generation Ed

Students for Education Reform (SFER) is a nonprofit organization that gives a voice to the students -- the major stakeholders in any discussion of education policy reform. Founded for students, by students, SFER aims to change public opinion about…


By Matt Weber 02/06/2013 3:22 PM EST
Jon Schnur

Jon Schnur is cofounder of America Achieves – a nonprofit dedicated to helping communities build high-quality educational systems – and helps to shape the organization's overall strategy and work. He  also cofounded New Leaders for New…


By Matt Weber 01/30/2013 12:46 PM EST
Harvard EdCast: Straight-Talking Education, Frederick "Rick" Hess, Ed.M.'90

An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick "Rick" Hess, Ed.M.'90, studies K-12 and higher education issues including urban education, accountability, charter schooling and school vouchers, teacher licensure, local governance, and school…


By Matt Weber 01/23/2013 3:05 PM EST
Atul Gawande

Last semester, HMS and HSPH Professor Atul Gawande visited the Ed School for the Askwith Forum, "The Difference Between Coaching and Teaching" during which he applied his observations from the fields of sports, music, schools, and medicine, to a…


By Matt Weber 01/09/2013 4:39 PM EST
Chilean Student Movement

In 2011-12, a series of student-led protests arose around Chile demanding major reforms to the country's education system, including the end of the Chilean school voucher system and more direct state involvement in secondary education.In this edition…


By Matt Weber 12/12/2012 11:51 AM EST
Nancy Lublin

DoSomething.org is an organization that helps teens put their energy, creativity, and activism to good use through the launch of numerous campaigns designed to spur people to action about causes that they care about.In this edition of the EdCast,…


By Matt Weber 12/05/2012 2:22 PM EST
Santa Fe Indian School

This past September, the Ed School welcomed Carnell Chosa, Ed.M.'96, and Regis Pecos, cofounders and codirectors of the Leadership Institute and Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School, to the Askwith Forum at which they discussed…


By Matt Weber 11/28/2012 2:51 PM EST
Instructional Rounds

In his new book published by Harvard Education Publishing Group, Instructional Rounds in Action, former teacher and administrator John Roberts, Ed.M.’03, Ed.D.’12, offers an analysis of the value of instructional rounds in education through the…


By Matt Weber 11/14/2012 8:00 AM EST
Paul Reville

Following the November 6 elections, members of the Ed School community gathered for an Askwith Forum exploring the question of how the election -- most notably the re-election of President Obama -- might affect education policy in the United States…


By Matt Weber 11/07/2012 2:25 PM EST
High Schools, Race and America's Future

In High Schools, Race, and America’s Future, published by Harvard Education Press, Lawrence Blum, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, offers his…


By Matt Weber 10/24/2012 10:20 AM EDT
Tony Danza

For actor Tony Danza, teaching was, as he puts it, "the road not taken" in his career. Growing up, his parents had put great emphasis on the importance of education and, for a time, he thought that he might become a teacher.  Many years and a…


By Matt Weber 10/17/2012 2:39 PM EDT
Character Compass

In his new release from Harvard Education Press, Character Compass, Scott Seider, Ed.M.'04, Ed.D.'08, assistant professor at Boston University, examines three high-performing Boston schools that have emphasized character development -- although…


By Matt Weber 10/03/2012 10:40 AM EDT
Joe Klein

Joel Klein, former chancellor of NYC schools and CEO of Amplify, visited the Ed School on October 1 as part of the Askwith Forum, "Educational Innovations for the Future."In this edition of the EdCast, Klein shares his story and speaks about his…


By Matt Weber 10/01/2012 8:05 AM EDT
Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal

On September 20, the Ed School cosponsored a screening of the new film about education reform, Won't Back Down. The movie stars Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal as two mothers determined to transform their children's failing inner city school.Daniel…


By Matt Weber 09/17/2012 3:28 PM EDT
Chicago Strike

On September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union began its first strike in 25 years. Among the teachers goals are better pay, better benefits, and protections for teachers who lose their jobs due to school closures. They also are calling for a decrease in…


By Matt Weber 09/05/2012 3:51 PM EDT
NFL Logo

Last spring, the NFL and the Ed School joined forces to present the Askwith Forum, What Can the NFL Teach Teachers? Among the panelists joining moderator Andy Rotherham were Tim Daly, president of TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) and his…


By Matt Weber 08/15/2012 3:14 PM EDT
Stack of Books by Sara Browning / Flickr

A stunningly high number of high school students have made it to that level without learning how to read. This is one of the problems that the Washington, D.C., nonprofit, Resources for Inner City Children (RICH), is hoping to help ease by providing…


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