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HGSE in the Media: June/July 2011

Below, you will find appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online.

While many online periodicals keep their stories freely available indefinitely, stories on other sites expire after a specified period of time, after which they can be retrieved by locating the story through the website’s archives, and sometimes paying a fee to do so. Where that is the periodical’s policy, we have provided a link to the periodical’s main page and the citation for the article so that interested readers may find the original article.

James Croft


Graduate School of Education Video Tells Teens "It Gets Better" Harvard Magazine, 7/29/11
"HGSE is Harvard’s first institutional participant in the It Gets Better Project. The school’s video, completely unscripted, aims to inspire gay teens to find strength through the often emotional stories of LGBT students, faculty, and staff at HGSE who have triumphed over prejudice in their lives."

'It Gets Better,' Harvard Education School Tells Gay Teens Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2011 (Registration required.)
"We just thought this is really in line with what we want to do, which is to speak directly to students, to parents, and to teachers," said [Dean Kathleen] McCartney, who says in the video that meanness is a reflection on the perpetrator, not the recipient. "We hope this inspires [other education schools] to do their own videos."

Boffin Helps Protect Kids Glasgow Evening Times, July 25, 2011
"Professor Jack Shonkoff was invited to Paisley to address professionals who deliver children’s services. His lecture covered how studies into brain development can shape the policies designed to make children healthier and help them enjoy better lives."

Mobile Learning: Are We On the Cusp of Something Big? Mind/Shift, July 20, 2011
"'What if your mobile device had a sixth sense?' asked Harvard professor Chris Dede, who’s researching the diverse dimensions of mobile learning, at the recent ISTE conference."

To Improve U.S. Education, It's Time to Treat Teachers as Professionals Washington Post, July 18, 2011
"What are the right incentives to have in place for teachers? The very question itself is jarring. It implies that teachers don't want to perform well and that they need incentives, which in today’s parlance translates into rewards (money) and reprimands (fear of loss of benefits or position), writes Professor Howard Gardner."

All in the Brain Prevention/Action, July 11, 2011
"The study of brain development and biology of adversity in early childhood represents a revolution in the way we can intervene to support healthy child development, said Professor Jack Shonkoff giving this year’s Annual Lecture of the Dartington Social Research Unit."

Outside Experts Put Chicago Schools Under Microscope Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2011
"'It's like a forensic audit of the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning,' said Robert Peterkin, professor emeritus at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the advisory team's chairman. 'We'll be poking around, and I'm sure we'll make some people nervous, but this is an examination of how to make teaching and learning better in Chicago, not to go after the adults.'"

Moving the Agenda on the Early Learning Challenge Education Week, July 11, 2011 (Registration required.)
"With the recent announcement of a $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, or RTT-ELC, commitment by the federal government, American early education has taken a huge step forward, writes Kristie Kauerz, program director for PreK-3rd education at HGSE, and Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx professor of early childhood and family policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a professor adjunct at Yale University."

New Jersey Home Schooling: The Wild West of Education The Star Ledger, July 10, 2011
"'One of the goals of creating clear, agreed-upon curriculum standards is to protect kids against people who have extreme ideological positions,' said Robert Schwartz, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'This crosses some serious boundaries, which wouldn’t be allowable in a public school.'"

Classroom Rounds: Should Teachers Be Trained Like Medical School Residents? Take Part, July 8, 2011
"'Often people don’t know what high-quality teaching and learning is. We’ll show a video of a class to district leaders and ask them to describe it or rate it. There’s usually no common understanding of what "good" looks like.'" So says Lee Teitel, lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education."

Football Players Are Smart, in Their Own Way Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2011
"'Clearly, this kind of intelligence is not tested for in schools today,' [Professor Howard] Gardner wrote in an email. "Having bodily kinesthetic intelligence predicts neither school success nor school failure.'"


Today We Are All Children of Illegal Immigrants The Hill, June 30, 2011
"In a recent study of hundreds of young children I followed from birth to age three, I found that more than four million children in our country today are not free to access learning opportunities that would allow them to pursue life, liberty and happiness as adults," writes Professor Hiro Yoshikawa.

'Skills Gap' Leaves Firms Without Worker Pipeline Associated Press, June 29, 2011
"'Our system for preparing young adults is broken,' said William Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. 'We're not saying that the system is failing everybody, but it is leaving a lot of young people behind.'"

With Database: Students Improve in Math, Science, Writing on Michigan Merit Exam Detroit Free Press, June 29, 2011
"'It gives us reason to be concerned,' [Senior Lecturer Ronald] Ferguson said. But just looking at the percentage of students who passed the exam 'doesn't give us as much detail as we'd like to have in order to more thoroughly understand what is happening.'"

Getting Technical about Education at Marlborough Conference Metrowest Daily News, June 29, 2011
"William C. Symonds, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said technical schools are a great option because they teach applicable skills that students can use right away in the work force."

Putting Virtual Assessments to the Test Education Week, June 27, 2011 (Registration required.)
"An exciting VPA model is being developed and tested by Jody Clarke-Midura and Christopher Dede at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with funding from the federal Institute of Education Sciences. The goal of the VPA project is to provide all states with a new model of statewide assessment in the form of valid technology-based performance assessments linked to the National Science Education Standards for middle schoolers."

Cheating Scandals Put Tests in the Spotlight The Baltimore Sun, June 25, 2011
"'Evaluations rest almost entirely on test scores,' said Daniel Koretz, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'Nothing else counts, or if it does, it doesn't count for much.'"

Schools Struggle to Balance Digital Innovation, Academic Accountability Education Week, June 15, 2011 (Registration required.)
"Christopher Dede, a professor of educational technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, likes to use the analogy of a hospital when he talks about balancing innovation and accountability in education. If a hospital with a high death rate refused to try new, modern practices because they'd be unsure of the outcome or there might be a learning curve, 'people would be upset because they're maintaining a bad situation under the guise of being accountable,' he says."

Taking Risks and Achieving Results Education Week, June 15, 2011 (Registration required.)
"'Others say, why rock the boat, why take risks?' [Professor Christopher] Dede says. 'But some educators look at today’s system and instead of seeing a system that is working fairly well, they see a system that is not working for a lot of kids.'"

Advocates See Pre-K-3 as Key Early Education Focus Education Week, June 14, 2011 (Registration required.)
"One of the leaders of that effort, Kristie Kauerz, the program director for pre-K-3 education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said the final product would be like a prix fixe menu. 'There are different ways of doing it,' she said. 'But there are certain categories you must order from.'"

Using a New Model to Create Pathways to Higher Learning Education Week, June 9, 2011 (Registration required.)
"American schools have been too narrow in their one-size-fits-all approach of preparing students to go to four-year colleges. That’s the important conclusion of a report published earlier this year from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-authored by one us — Robert B. Schwartz."

Syracuse Activist Leaves Behind a Legacy of Caring The Post-Standard, June 9, 2011
"'Her greatest and most important contribution was her ability to negotiate between different groups of people in Syracuse,' said Charles V. Willie, an education professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education who worked with Wood in the 1950s. 'She helped people of color in so many ways. She left her legacy in that community.'"

Eye on Education, Part I: City School Students Rochester City Newspaper, June 8, 2011
"'The gap is there on the first day of kindergarten because of what these kids haven't experienced before they ever got to school,' [Senior Lecturer Ronald] Ferguson says. 'And those gaps have to do with a combination of resources and parenting skills.'"

Four Paths For the Future Education Week, June 6, 2011 (Registration required.)
"What would it take to generate significant improvement in American schooling? The current path forward is not going to get us there. Despite the ideological heterogeneity of our group, there was a lot of agreement about what was broken. Expectations far outstrip performance,"writes Assistant Professor Jal Mehta.

Harvard Family Research Project in the Media