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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. Episodes will take place EDT on Wednesday, unless indicated otherwise. Watch all episodes.

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Making Schools More Human — April 21, 2021, 3-3:30 p.m.

After a year of remote, hybrid, and altogether disrupted learning, we’re starting to envision a more-typical fall. But instead of going back to “normal,” how should schools look different? The pandemic revealed many of the failings of our current system — the effects of huge wealth gaps, the stifling effects of one-size-fits-all learning — but it also showcased some of the things that work: relationships and the time to build them; creativity, new solutions, and the room to innovate; new scheduling flexibility; and a new understanding of the essential role of teachers. How is the pandemic re-shaping education, and how can we move toward a more holistic and relationship-centered model of education, where deeper learning can thrive?


  • Jal Mehta, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education 
  • Devon LaRosa, Principal of La Follette High School, Madison, Wisconsin

Upcoming Episodes  

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


  • 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

Special Episode

Innovations in Global Education - Friday, April 23, 2021, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Every nation describes education as a top domestic policy priority. But few avenues exist to connect those policy conversations across national boundaries. What should a global conversation about education look like? What are the pressing international challenges that educators and societies face — and where are the opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and meaningful engagement on real-world problems?
Join us as we explore the powerful ideas that will shape the world’s education landscape for the next decade and beyond. We’re proud to host members of the Council of Luminaries, an international and cross-disciplinary group of leading thinkers convened by the Yidan Prize Foundation in 2020 to fuel education progress globally. 


  • Anant Agarwal, CEO and Founder, edX; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Usha Goswami, Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience and Director, Center for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge
  • Thomas Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED, Executive Director – Africa
This Education Now episode is presented with The Yidan Prize Foundation.

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

“You can’t always be as choosy as you like, about your first job in times like these, but be on the lookout for opportunities to climb the ladder early in your career. Work hard, do a good job, but also seek out opportunities to move up and to move on to things that might be a better fit for you.”

From Harvard Professor: Here’s How to ‘Escape the Trap of Graduating into a Recession’ via CNBC

"Reba Y. Hodge, a Black woman and an assistant principal in Syracuse, N.Y., ... and Jennifer Cheatham, a white woman who prepares school leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former district superintendent ... discuss how schools can work toward dismantling racism."

From Two Educators Reflect on Leading for Racial Justice via Education Week

"While schools have become increasingly diverse over the past decade, students from wealthy backgrounds, not mention low-income students who attended private high schools, arrive far more prepared to make the most out of their college experiences, Jack said."

From EXPERT VIEW: A Harvard Professor Sheds Light on the 'Hidden Curriculum' on Elite Campuses via Boston Business Journal

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