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HGSE in the Media: February 2014

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.

Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Teaching with Elan Harvard Gazette, 2/28/14
"Malan's PB&J demonstration Thursday afternoon was the first in a new series of master classes at Harvard Graduate School of Education to celebrate inspirational teaching and showcase fresh modes for powerful learning."

Welcome to Learning Deeply Education Week, 2/26/14. (Subscription required.)
"While 'shallow' learning remains the norm, there are many schools and classroom across the country that are already engaged in developing deeper learning among their students, and federal and state policymakers are considering policies, such as better assessments and stronger teacher preparation, which could spread these learning outcomes to more schools," write Associate Professor Jal Mehta and Robert Rothman.

How to Retire Your Professional Identity Wall Street Journal, 2/25/14
"I listened to them tell about the difficulties of letting go and leaving; the tensions and ambivalence that people experienced — whether their exits were chosen or forced — in taking on their new life when they could still feel the vestigial residue of the old," writes Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

The Bane and the Boon of For-Profit Colleges New York Times, 2/25/14
"Most important, nobody else is stepping up to fill the growing demand for a higher-education degree. 'They are adding to the supply,' said Mr. [David] Deming, an assistant professor of education and economics at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. 'They are reaching students in a different way, opening in places where there are no community colleges. They are filling in the cracks.'"

Two Myths about Innovation Harvard Crimson, 2/24/14
"Ideas are the cornerstone of the American economy. When good ideas prevail, everyone wins. But the market for good ideas is saturated, and it’s hard to compete. There's even a market of ideas for how to break into the market of ideas. As a new innovator myself, I'm a consumer in this market, and I've come to the conclusion that it’s broken: We constrain innovation by defining it narrowly," writes master's candidate Michelle Skinner.

Educators, Businesses Need to Collaborate on Job Skills San Francisco Chronicle, 2/21/14
"Beyond the arguments typically dominating the education reform debate is the simple fact that students are not being set up to participate in today's changing economy. The 9 million jobs that have disappeared since the 2007-09 recession have given rise to a do-it-yourself economy that encourages entrepreneurship but also casts doubt on the value of a high school diploma," writes master's candidate Jonathan Hasak.

Kids, Defined By Income Harvard Gazette, 2/18/14
"In Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education (Harvard Education Press), Richard J. Murnane, Thompson Professor of Education and Society at Harvard Graduate School of Education HGSE, and Greg J. Duncan, distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine's School of Education, examine how income inequality affects students and schools."

Vergara Witness Says Schools Can Deal with Teacher Ineffectiveness L.A. School Report, 2/18/14
"[Professor Susan Moore Johnson] testified that if principals take their responsibilities seriously, 'there is no question' they can do so within sixteen months. She said administrators trained to observe teachers can identify poorly performing teachers within a year."

Pasi Sahlberg on Finland's Recent PISA Results Education Week, 2/14/14. (Subscription required.)
"For years following the release of the 2001 and subsequent PISA results, edutourists visited Finland hoping to uncover their secrets.  In the most recent survey, Finland's position had slipped from 2nd to 5th in reading, from 6th to 12th in mathematics and from 3rd to 5th in science.  I recently talked with [Visiting Professor] Pasi Sahlberg to better understand what could have contributed to this fall in the rankings. "

Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States New York Times, 2/3/14
"Advances in the sciences also point to the importance of the earliest years. 'There's overwhelming and indisputable evidence across the entire biological sciences that early experiences shape the developing brain,' said [Professor] Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University."