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HGSE in the Media: November 2012

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.

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Longfellow DoorAn L.A. Unified Road Map Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2012
"This six-year study of L.A. Unified depends on reliable, robust test data — using it to measure classifications of teachers rather than individuals — to provide a wealth of sometimes surprising information on how to recruit, assign, pay and, when necessary, lay off teachers in ways that help students most. ... The study was conducted by the Harvard-affiliated Strategic Data Project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

Help with Kids. And Pets. And … Harvard Gazette, November 28, 2012
"'Some people with older children said they no longer needed child care, but would welcome tutoring for their teenagers,' [Professor Judith] Singer said. 'Others without children said they'd love to get a student to help with odd jobs, from dog sitting to stacking wood.'"

Finland and South Korea Top the Learning Curve Times Higher Education, November 27, 2012
"In the study, Robert Schwartz, Francis Keppel professor of practice in educational policy and administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, criticises some countries for tailoring their education system too strongly towards producing tertiary graduates. 'Having a system focused entirely on preparing students for four-year colleges and universities is a major problem.'"

Leadership University Rises for Asian Women New York Times, November 25, 2012
"'I learned a lot from that experience about the desire for this type of institution in the region,' [Ed.L.D. candidate Barbara] Hou said of her time at the A.U.W. 'And many of us realized that if we could expand the idea of a women's liberal arts college beyond Bangladesh, and make it pan-Asian and located in a more developed but affordable country — well, we thought that’d be pretty awesome.'"

New L.A. Teachers Too Often Placed with Neediest Students, Study Finds Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2012
"A new study has found that inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are disproportionately more likely to be assigned to lower-performing math students, perpetuating the achievement gap. ... The study by the Strategic Data Project ... analyzed the performance of about 30% of L.A. Unified teachers based primarily on their students' standardized math test scores from 2005 through 2011 in grades three through eight."

Experts Emphasize Importance of Family Involvement at Cambridge Public Library Talk Cambridge Chronicle & Tab, November, 15, 2012
"'Imagine you're in an isolated community, you work two to three jobs and don't speak English. How will you build connections?' said Dr. Karen Mapp of the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Lemov Lectures On Good Teaching Harvard Crimson, November 16, 2012
"'There's no place I'd rather be than in a roomful of educators,' said Doug Lemov in the first words of his talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum on Thursday evening."

Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula Education Week, November 14, 2012
"[Professor] Catherine Snow, a literacy expert and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass., welcomes the shift to text-based writing, saying that personal narrative has been overemphasized in most language arts classrooms."

'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness Education Week, November 14, 2012
"College-readiness efforts have often focused on getting more students into honors courses, helping with applications, and providing career counseling. But [Lecturer] Mandy Savitz-Romer, a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, suggests that the emphasis needs to be simultaneously on access and success. 'We need to pay attention to development,' she said."

John S. Wilson, Jr. Appointed President Of Morehouse College NewsOne, November 12, 2012
"The Morehouse College Board of Trustees today announced that Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. [Ed.M.'82, Ed.D.'85] has been named the College’s 11th president."

Research Traces Impacts of Childhood Adversity Education Week, November 7, 2012
"'Children from their earliest life need to learn how to manage adversity,' such as dealing with the first day of school, said Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, the director of Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, in Cambridge, Mass."

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? KQED, November 7, 2012
"A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they're actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that's quickly taking shape in progressive education circles."

Presidential Candidates Shift Towards the Middle Ground Times Higher Education, November 1, 2012
"Education is one area in which 'there's actually some common ground between the two candidates,' said Martin West, a member of the Romney campaign's Education Policy Advisory Group and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'Both agree that our nation faces major education challenges and that addressing those challenges is essential.'"