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Parkland school shooting

Tragedy struck when 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were killed in a school shooting by a former student. In the aftermath of the shooting, questions about gun control, preparation for teachers and principals, and access to counseling and support for mental health for students arose. Additionally, we saw the rise of youth voices and activism as survivors arranged protests and action around a strong call for gun control, in an effort to prevent school shootings like this from happening again. 

Key Faculty:

On teacher and principal support and preparation: Stephen Mahoney Vicki A. JacobsMary Grassa O'Neill

On counseling and availability of mental health support in schools and communities, support for troubled students, and youth activism: Mandy Savitz-RomerGretchen Brion-MeiselsMeira Levinson

Sexual harassment and misogyny

How can parents help address pervasive sexual harassment among teens? What accountability is required for institutions, schools, colleges, and workplaces to help change cultures of misogyny?

Key Faculty: Richard Weissbourd

Related Stories: What Parents Can Do to Stop Sexual Harassment

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students

Educators, communities, and families are facing uncertainties as policymakers work to finalize legislation and determine what the future for Dreamers will hold.  

Key Faculty: Roberto Gonzales

Related Stories: Supporting Undocumented Students | Opening Access | Undocumented Immigrants Brace for the Trump Administration


News Highlights


News Highlights


Student Activists and Celebrity Donors: Who's Behind the 'March for Our Lives'

Professor Gretchen Brion-Meisels is quoted regarding the adult support that has propelled gun control youth activists. (Education Week: March 20)

Mark Zuckerberg’s charity is giving $30 million to help kids learn to read—and love it

Coverage of the launch of Reach Every Reader, a collaboration between HGSE and MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative, supported by a $30 million grant from Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, co-founders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. (Quartz: March 6)

‘Walking Up’ to a Troubled Student Won’t Stop School Shootings—No Matter What This Viral Photo Says

Professor Jal Mehta is quoted regarding recent school shootings: “[In the circles are] the kids who are bullied, the kids with mental illness, sociopathic tendencies. If you look at the intersection of all of those circles, there still would be kids in that intersection that don't shoot. But if you're trying to solve the problem, if you lessen those problems somewhat, the rate of what happens go down.” (The Daily Beast: March 16)

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