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HGSE in the Media: October 2013

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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Howard GardnerIs There an App for That? Harvard Magazine, November-December 2013
"'Are kids growing up in the digital age really different?' asks Howard Gardner, Hobbs professor of cognition and education. Six years ago, he and then-student Katie Davis, Ed.D.’11 (now an assistant professor at the University of Washington) set out to explore the question, and in their new book ... they argue that the answer is unambiguously yes."

Protecting Children From Toxic Stress New York Times, October 30, 2013
"'What the science is telling us now is how experience gets into the brain as it's developing its basic architecture and how it gets into the cardiovascular system and the immune system,' explains Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where the term toxic stress was coined."

Mayor's Race Signals Change for Boston Schools Education Week, October 30, 2013 (Registration required.)
"'Either way this goes, Boston will end up with a mayor who is going to have education on the front burner,' said Paul Reville, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education who served as the secretary of education in Massachusetts from 2008 to 2012. He has not yet endorsed any candidate in the race."

Young People Let Digital Apps Dictate Their Identities, Say 2 Scholars The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 28, 2013
"'Kids feel pushed into developing a public identity early, and since it has been widely posted and effectively branded, it is actually difficult to explore other forms of identity,' says Mr. [Howard] Gardner, a professor of cognition and education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who explores these issues in a new book, The App Generation (Yale University Press)."

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons? New York Times, October 26, 2013
"Yet, in recent years, long-term follow-ups have shown that while the educational advantages of Head Start might fade, there are 'life skill' gains that don't. A rigorous study by David Deming of Harvard, for example, found that Head Start graduates were less likely to repeat grades or be diagnosed with a learning disability, and more likely to graduate from high school and attend college."

Harvard Students Learn in the Waldorf Method in Lexington Lexington Minuteman, October 26, 2013
"'In our class we talk about cognitive neuroscience environment for young children,' said Harvard [Assistant] Professor Gigi Luk. 'We work with people at places such as the Waldorf and Montessori schools, which both have similar practices, but accomplish their goals through different trajectories. It's a nice contrast and lets students think about how they can apply their work.'"

Saber aprender é principal requisito do novo profissional Folha de S.Paulo, October 26, 2013 (Written in Portuguese.)
"Essa é a opinião do economista americano Richard Murnane, professor da universidade Harvard, que se dedica ao estudo de temas relacionados à educação e ao mercado de trabalho."

From The Stands, A Lesson In Sportsmanship WBUR, October 24, 2013
"I thought it was as stunning and effective a demonstration of the power of positive example as I’d ever seen. The educator in me marveled. I thought of all the bullying and coarse behavior our culture encourages, even endorses, and how seldom we celebrate examples, like this one, of civility and sportsmanship," writes Professor Paul Reville.

Cahill Discusses Education Reform Harvard Crimson, October 24, 2013
"Before an audience of teachers, students, faculty, and members of the community, Michele Cahill, a vice president at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, discussed possible paths for reforming American public education during the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum on Wednesday."

Mindfulness Over Matters Harvard Gazette, October 17, 2013
"Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, a renowned proponent of applying the practice of mindfulness in schools, addressed the Harvard Graduate School of Education Wednesday evening in Longfellow Hall about the effectiveness of such training in countering the pressures and effects of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body, mind, and brain."

Howard Gardner: ‘A Blessing of Influences’ Harvard Gazette, October 17, 2013
"'We are the sum of whoever we worked with,' said developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, a celebrated, wide-ranging scholar based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple Intelligences’ Are Not ‘Learning Styles’ The Washington Post, October 16, 2013
"On the basis of research in several disciplines, including the study of how human capacities are represented in the brain, I developed the idea that each of us has a number of relatively independent mental faculties, which can be termed our 'multiple intelligences.' The basic idea is simplicity itself," writes Professor Howard Gardner.

Thinking Allowed: Elite University Admissions BBC Radio 4, October 14, 2013
"[Assistant Professor] Natasha Kumar Warikoo, discusses her research into the perceptions of meritocracy and inequality among undergraduates at Oxford University - part of a wider study of students at the highest ranking universities in the United States and Britain."

Growing Coders: Rochester Programming Classes Bet on the Future Minnesota Public Radio, October 14, 2013
"It's also about teaching kids how to see the world in a whole new way, said Karen Brennan, assistant professor at the Harvard School of Education who developed Scratch, the kid-friendly program the Rochester group uses to get students excited about coding."

Sparking an Interest in Civic Engagement in Today's Youth Cape Cod Today, October 13, 2013
"[Associate Professor Meira Levinson's] presentation included an alarming report that in the 2012 election, there was a 41% overall voter turnout for young adults age 18 to 24. Dr. Levinson gave the audience an insight into the current state of civics education systems for youth and what a revitalized system would be like."

New Avenues in Education Harvard Gazette, October 10, 2013
"The event, which helped kick off the School’s first Teaching and Learning Week, was hosted by Dean James Ryan and featured developmental psychologist Robert Kegan, the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, and Meira Levinson, an associate professor of education."

Pay Raises for Teachers With Master’s Under Fire Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2013 (Registration required.)
"'Paying teachers on the basis of master's degrees is equivalent to paying them based on hair color,' said [Professor] Thomas J. Kane, an economist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and director for the Center for Education Policy Research."

Even with Permission to Stay Here Temporarily, Those Brought Here Illegally as Kids Live in Fear Arizona Daily Star, October 7, 2013
"'We see that DACA has provided young adult beneficiaries with wider access to the American dream,' said Roberto Gonzales, an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who has researched Dreamers for 10 years."

David Koch Funds Day Care at MIT Boston Globe, October 4, 2013
"[Professor] Judy Singer, senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Harvard, said that over the past four years, nearly $4 million in financial aid has been awarded to faculty to help with child-care costs. When Singer arrived at the university in 1984, such accommodations were unheard of."

On the Frontiers of Learning Harvard Gazette, October 3, 2013
"'Some people look at a number like a billion and see exaggeration,' said HGSE Dean James Ryan during his introduction of [Anant] Agarwal. 'I see it as the kind of aspiration we need to achieve universal access to education, to ensure every child and young adult around the world has the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a successful and fulfilling life.'"

'Improvement Science' Seen as Emerging Tool in K-12 Sphere Education Week, October 2, 2013 (Registration required.)
"Susan Moore Johnson, an education professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said she 'sees the potential in improvement science.' 'I've been disappointed with randomized controlled trials because you end up with a yes or no [on an intervention’s effectiveness] but not a how or why,' Ms. Johnson said."

Districts Developing More Intelligent Data Use Education Week, October 2, 2013 (Registration required.)
"In the 21,000-student Syracuse city school system in New York, which was recently accepted into the Strategic Data Project for this school year, administrators hope to use data uncovered by Harvard researchers to gather information on key performance indicators."