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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 — educators, families, and school and district leaders from around the country and the world — 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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Upcoming Education Now Webinars

Biweekly webinars, hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty and staff, will premiere live on Zoom and Facebook from Wednesday, September 30, through Wednesday, December 9. Episodes will be recorded and available to view later on YouTube and Facebook.

Join us on Wednesday, September 30, at 3 p.m. EDT for the first episode in our fall season of Education Now. We'll explore the impact of racial trauma and stress on students of color, their families, and communities. We'll share guidance on seeing and addressing that trauma and forming a safe and compassionate school community.

Stay tuned for registration details.

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

Danielle Allen co-writes commentary with Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on a new bill to help combat the coronavirus.

From Our Bipartisan Bill Empowers States to Get the Testing Necessary to Suppress the Coronavirus via Washington Post

"It should reflect the financial situation of most college students today who are not going full-time and are financially dependent on their parents after immediately leaving high school."

From Lawmakers Push to Simplify Federal Financial Aid Process for College Students via Fox 13

"Trapped, sometimes disoriented and anxious about an unclear future, children now need communication, support and guidance from educators. They need help navigating turbulent waters in these confusing times. Their circumstances, assets, resilience and needs vary so widely that any “one-size-fits-all” approach to student support is destined to fail."

From In This Uncertain Time, Every Student Needs an Education Navigator and a Success Plan to Weather This Crisis and Fix Long-standing Inequities via The 74

"Testing is not my highest priority in the COVID-19 era, and I do tests for a living. Testing is not as important at the moment as physical, mental, social and emotional health. Your brain’s not going to work as well if you’re sick."

From Beyond the Scantron: The 3 Ws of Testing and How to Figure Out What Students Have Lost Academically to COVID-19 via The 74

Danielle Allen writes on her love for the U.S. Constitution and why its writers do not own its interpretation. We do.

From The Flawed Genius of the Constitution via The Atlantic

Nancy Hill discusses how schools should manage students returning to campus — and whether schools should have in-person classes at all during this time.

From Was Northeastern University Right To Suspend Socializing Students — Without A Tuition Refund — For Violating COVID Rules? via WGBH

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