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Education Now

Education Now Education Now: Teaching, Learning, and Growing Amid the Pandemic
As this unprecedented fall begins, against the backdrop of COVID-19, racial violence, and action for justice and healing, back-to-school is nothing like normal. But as schools reopen — online, in person, or all of the above — HGSE's Education Now webinars will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today. We aim to give our audience strategies and ideas that will prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education.

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Education Now Webinars

Biweekly webinars, hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty and staff, will premiere live on Zoom and Facebook. Episodes will be recorded and available to view later on YouTube and Facebook.

Recent Episode: Curiosity and Motivation Amid the Pandemic 

This action-oriented webinar will take you into winter break and fortify you with some new ideas about how to refresh your approach and tap the intrinsic motivation of your students. How does curiosity work, and how can we spark it? How can we help young people develop and retain a love of learning and a connection to school — during these challenging times of distance and of unequal access to resources and support?  

Guest Speakers:
  • Elizabeth Bonawitz, David J. Vitale Associate Professor of Learning Sciences at HGSE — effective, January 1, 2021
  • Genevieve DeBose, National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow
  • Jal Mehta, Professor of Education at HGSE

Learn more about curiosity and motivation — and about what learning can look like in this pandemic year:

Our fall playlist:

Watch episodes on the impact of the 2020 election, civic education and engagement, helping children cope with racial trauma, and more.

Watch Past Episodes

Previous Education Now episodes have highlighted various critical topics in education, including practicing antiracism in schools, public health and school reopening, the power of human connection, and much more. Explore the episodes on Youtube or Facebook.

Usable Knowledge

Articles, strategies, and perspectives for educators and families confronting the uncertainties of schooling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Challenges of Reopening
A summer/fall 2020 Usable Knowledge series aimed at helping schools, educators, and families answer the question, "What will back-to-school look like this year?"

Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak
A spring 2020 Usable Knowledge series with resources for schools and families — on leading through crisis, teaching at a distance, and learning and thriving at home.

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Leadership in the Field

Expertise and thought leadership from the HGSE community

"There’s a need for a conversation with kids about what constitutes an accurate news source and the importance of the truth and how truth is the basis of trust in our democracy. I think this is a great opportunity to talk about that and also to be a co-investigator with kids, to do research together to determine what the truth is if it’s unclear."

From How to Talk to Your Kids about the Capitol Riots via Harvard Gazette

"What we’ve done is made life much harder for children and simultaneously taken away the access point that so many kids have to the services that they need."

From K-12 Education Appears on Downward Slide as Pandemic Continues via Harvard Gazette

"We started to see this as an opportunity to build something new, rather than feeling that we were compromising."

From Lessons from Teaching in COVID Times via Harvard Gazette

"The goal, Allen said, isn’t to build courses 'the way they existed 70 years ago,' but rather to tell the story of American history by integrating a wider set of perspectives. The canon has become broader, she said, and curricula should reflect that."

From Higher Ed Can Help Repair the Fractures in Our Democracy. Really, It Can. via The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The future of VR is being immersed into an environment blending physical and digital worlds, where users interact via a headset, their computer, or their mobile device to role play with an avatar or learn a new skill."

From “The future of VR is being immersed into an environment blending physical and digital worlds, where users interact via a headset, their computer, or their mobile device to role play with an avatar or learn a new skill.” via Harvard Business Review

"The question is how do you proceed with care? But, for the most part, you do want to proceed."

From How to Talk to Your Kids about the Storming of the Capitol via MarketWatch

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