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By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 10:48 AM EDT
Gretchen Brion-Meisels
CURRENTLY READING: Tonight, I read Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters to my son, Julian. THE THING THAT DREW YOU TO IT: These days, the majority of books that I read are children’s books. When I looked at my son’s bookshelf tonight, I realized that I’d never read this one, and I needed a little Obama in my evening. FAVORITE BOOK FROM CHILDHOOD AND WHY YOU LOVED IT: In high school, my favorite book was Beloved. (Does that count as childhood?) I have always been drawn to books about the history of racism in the United States because of my own positionality. Also, the last three pages of...
By Lory Hough 05/21/2018 3:17 PM EDT
Mandy Savitz-Romer, Heather Rowan-Kenyan, and Ana Martinez Aleman
Based on a four-year study of how first-generation college students use social media, Technology and Engagement, co-written by Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, looks at the importance of social media sites in helping first-gen students keep up important ties with family and friends from home, and stay on top of academic programs and social offerings at their schools. The aim in writing the book, the authors note, is to help faculty and college administrators consider ways that technology...
By Andrew Bauld 05/21/2018 11:45 AM EDT
Helen Janc Malone has devoted her career to better understanding the future of education. She is director of education policy and institutional advancement at the Institute for Educational Leadership, and the author of Leading Educational Change, which looks at the latest research from around the globe. We talked with Malone about her new volume, Future Directions of Educational Change, which she edited along with fellow Ed School alum Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D The last book, from 2013, was a bit of a survey for scholars from around the world about research. How is this new...
By Lory Hough 01/22/2018 3:11 PM EST
Dan Koretz
You’ve been writing about this issue for decades, but you’ve been holding back. Why the change? As an academic, I try to evaluate the evidence dispassionately, and for many years, I wrote measured descriptions of the accumulating evidence. I presented the first evidence of score inflation — increases in scores much larger than actual improvements in learning — more than 25 years ago, and I and others have presented additional studies of score inflation, bad test preparation, cheating, and other negative effects ever since. But I finally lost patience. Dispassionate explanations turned out to...
By Lory Hough 01/22/2018 10:00 AM EST
Alex Hodges books
YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. THE THING THAT DREW YOU TO IT: It was recommended by a friend, and I had read the affirming New York Times review. Although I don’t profess to be an augur, I’ve always wanted to believe that hawks or other birds of prey are messengers from another dimension. That divine interest brought me to this memoir, which is really about managing personal loss. It’s quite a unique story, and that brings its own value to the literary marketplace. I highly recommend it. BOOK THAT YOU REMEMBER LOVING THE MOST DURING CHILDHOOD: For obvious reasons...
By Lory Hough 01/22/2018 9:17 AM EST
Learning for Careers
Robert Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman
Learning for Careers by Senior Research Fellow Robert Schwartz, C.A.S.’68, and Nancy Hoffman is an account of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a national initiative focused on helping more young people either complete high school, go to college, or get started in a career. It includes not only a historical look at the origins of the network and how it expanded over time, but also a look at the movement it helped spark that is helping young people obtain important skills early on, as well as transition from school to the labor...
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pencil and ink drawing of a line of students against a backdrop that looks like a bubble test
By Jill Anderson 10/04/2017 1:08 PM EDT
Religion books
In these divided times in which Islamophobia and the bullying of Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu students are on the rise, how has it affected conversations around the teaching of religion in schools? Things are certainly more heated, says Linda K. Wertheimer, "It makes the atmosphere a lot more tense when you are teaching about the world's religions." Wertheimer's recent book, Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, explores the challenges faced by public schools when incorporating lessons about world religions into their classrooms, looking at specific examples in several areas...
By Sagra Alvarado 09/28/2017 12:03 PM EDT
A Curriculum for Changing the World
On September 18, at Askwith Hall, director of the International Education Policy (IEP) Program, Professor Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, presented his recent book, One Student at a Time. Written in collaboration with HGSE alumni of the IEP Program, One Student at a Time provides a series of alumni accounts of their work experiences, covering a wide array of careers in schools, governments, international organizations, and nonprofits and demonstrating the impact of HGSE on the global education movement. During the discussion, Reimers — who was joined by several alumni contributors to...
By Matt Weber 09/13/2017 8:34 AM EDT
Dan Koretz
    About the Harvard EdCast The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber and co-produced by Jill Anderson, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.