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Education Now

Education Now
Welcome to the HGSE webinar series that responds to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

Webinars, hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty and staff, will premiere live on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook — and be available to view later on YouTube and Facebook. Watch all episodes.

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Most Recent Episode 

Cultivating the Power of Resilience — May 5, 2021, 3-3:30 p.m. EDT

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the aftereffects of isolation, stress, fear, and sadness are sure to linger. How can we fortify ourselves to grapple with the legacy of this unprecedented year? How can we offer relief to ourselves, our children, our colleagues, and our loved ones? Join us as we dig into the power of resilience — not as a magic cure-all, but instead as a way to build the tools we need to contend with difficulty, fear, or loss, and to take care of ourselves, and others, so that we can weather the storm.

We’ll hear from three experts who will explore the notion of resilience from a variety of perspectives, offering helpful insight into how to sustain ourselves through challenging times.


  • Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Co-Chair, Human Development and Education Program, HGSE


  • Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology Master's Program, and Director, Making Caring Common Project, HGSE
  • Lisa Damour, clinical psychologist, best-selling author and news commentator, and author of the monthly Adolescence column in the New York Times

Watch the Education Now Playlist

Previous Education Now episodes have highlighted racism in schools, public health and school reopening, the power of human connection, leadership amid crisis, and much more. Explore the episodes on Youtube or Facebook.

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Leadership in the Field

Expertise and thought leadership from the HGSE community

"The idea is that students — and educators — should have a deep awareness of how racist ideas and practices have been fundamental in shaping our modern world. Students need to be able to have these discussions honestly so that new generations of students aren’t just aware of this history, but can also acknowledge and comprehend how our actions can disrupt those historical patterns or reinforce them."

From Is There an Uncontroversial Way toTeach America’s Racist History? via Vox

"Some students benefit from being held back, but the first instinct should be to build a structure of support that would allow a student to succeed while remaining with their grade cohort."

From Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling Third Graders via Stateline

Professor Danielle Allen, Margaret Marshall, Ed.M.'69, and others discuss "the progress—and retreat—of American gender and racial equality at an online panel for Harvard Magazine.

From Assessing Gender and Racial Equality Today via Harvard Magazine

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