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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

"Work is becoming more knowledge-intensive, and more and more jobs require BOTH a strong foundation of numeracy and literacy AND 'higher-order' skills like problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking etc. Many of these jobs also require digital fluency and more advanced technical skills. Overall, the baseline skill set required for most middle or high-paying jobs is increasing, and will continue to do so."

From We Are Leaving ‘Lost Einsteins’ Behind via New York Times

"What's important about it, is that it tells us something we really need to pay attention to as children go back to those outside-the-home settings where they learn and play."

From Connections May Be Key To Helping Young Children Recover From Pandemic Upheaval via WBUR

“We’re beginning to understand that technology is a basic right. You cannot participate in society in the 21st century without access to it.”

From How COVID Taught America about Inequity in Education via Harvard Gazette

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