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Education Now

Education Now
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.

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Education Now Webinars

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.

Latest Episode - Shaping the Future for Learners Around the World

Two of Harvard's most innovative higher education leaders explored the decision-making, curricular changes, pedagogical opportunities, and digital reinventions prompted by the pandemic and the shift to remote learning. How will the mass experiment on Zoom alter the landscape of higher education for learners around the world? Listen as panelists discuss the opportunities for increased access and engagement, as well as challenges and lessons learned, at Harvard and at institutions around the world. Read a summary here.

Host: Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University
Moderator: Matthew L. Miller, Senior Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching


  • Bridget Terry Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Bharat Anand, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University

This event was co-sponsored with Harvard Abroad and is hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

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Check out the Education Now playlist below.

Watch Past Episodes

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.

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

"'They are not anchored to their families and may be grappling with some life-defining decisions,' from relationships to career paths, he says. It is normally an intensely social time, and connections with peers are often very important. 'Since the pandemic, they don’t have access to young people in the same way.'"

From Pandemic Loneliness Is Hitting Young Adults Especially Hard via Wall Street Journal

"You need to have some sort of campaign moment to help build trust that acknowledges what is going in schools and is honest about it."

From Biden Does NOT Have the Power to Enforce In-Person Learning at K-8 Schools — Here’s Why via MarketWatch

"In terms of what tools are actually available to the president, that starts with the bully pulpit, which he can use to make the case for the importance of reopening schools and to explain that it can be done safely."

From School Reopenings: A Political Pledge the Biden Administration Has Limited Authority to Back Up via Washington Post

"The advent of digital learning to the education sector that, if properly and fully embraced, could result in some major changes within our field, for example, breaking down the barriers of time and place that lock us in schools, enabling us to do another aspect of transformational change that needs to happen: personalization."

From Seeded Amid the Many Surprises of COVID Times, Some Unexpected Positives via Harvard Gazette

"It didn’t give anyone time to prepare. It really was a shock to the system."

From What’s Different About This Recession and Why That Matters to Higher Ed via The Chronicle of Higher Education

“If every person who’s in pretty good shape can make a commitment to reaching out to one person they are concerned might be lonely once a week, that would be a good thing.”

From Young Adults Hardest Hit by Loneliness During Pandemic via Harvard Gazette

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