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HGSE in the Media: April 2015

Appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online — in April.

Please note: 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.

Study Reveals the Enormous Psychological Damage of Young Undocumented Immigrants in California
Univision, 4/30/15
Assistant Professor Roberto Gonzales comments on the study. (In Spanish.)

The Problem With Grit
Education Week, 4/27/15 (Subscription required.)
"A focus on grit is taking a heavily impoverished view of human motivation; in the long run, most people do not persevere at things because they are good at persevering, they persevere because they find things that are worth investing in. The implication for schools is that they should spend less time trying to boost students' grit, and more time trying to think about how their offerings could help students develop purpose and passion." - Associate Professor Jal Mehta

Reconnecting on Education
Harvard Gazette, 4/27/15
"'The instruments that we use to define success for our students and to give them feedback on success are so blunt and so imperfect,' [Professor Fernando Reimers] said, that they don’t tell people much about what will be necessary to help them lead a good life."

MCLA Hosts Racial Tension Case Study Forum
WAMC Public Radio, 4/27/15
Ed.L.D. candidates Tracey Benson and Veronica Benavides present their teaching case in Western Mass.

Increasing Ecological Understanding with Virtual Worlds and Augmented Reality
Phys.org, 4/27/15
"'Our projects take a stance. They're not just about understanding,' [Professor Chris] Dede said. 'There's a values dimension of it that's important and makes it harder to teach. This is a good challenge for us.'"

Family-School Partnerships are Crucial to School Reform, says Harvard Expert
The Oregonian, 4/25/15
"Karen Mapp, a Harvard lecturer whose research specialty is partnerships that support better educational outcomes for kids, told guests at the Children's Institute's annual luncheon on Friday that building successful schools means engaging families as equal partners – not as clients, not as supplements to the educational process and not as people who need saving."

Illuminating Standards--One Piece of Student Work at a Time
Education Week, 4/24/15 (Subscription required.)
Professor Steve Seidel writes about his research with Adjunct Lecturer Ron Berger, the Illuminating Standards Project.

Beyond Education Wars
New York Times, 4/23/15
"'Neuroscience tells us we’re missing a critical, time-sensitive opportunity to help the most disadvantaged kids,”' notes Dr. Jack Shonkoff, an early childhood expert at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

The Next Phase of Teacher Evaluation Reform: It's Up to You, New York, New York!
Brookings, 4/23/15
"If tenure protections were reserved only for accomplished teachers, just imagine how different our schools would be." - Professor Tom Kane

How to Renovate the Instructional Core
Washington Post, 4/23/15
Ed.L.D. student Tyler Thigpen writes about what children should really be taught in schools.

Middle-Class Families Lead Opt-Out Movement
Lohud.com, 4/23/15
"According to Robert Schwartz, professor emeritus of practice in educational policy and administration at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, parents who believe that testing can help prepare a student for the college admission process will expect their children to succeed regardless of their opinions of the tests."

Early Environment Has a Lasting Impact on Stress Response Systems, Study Shows
Science Daily, 4/20/15
Professor Charles Nelson's study on Romanian orphanages is explored.

Teach Civics in Schools — but Do it Right
Boston Globe, 4/18/15 (Subscription required.)
An op-ed by master's student Jessica Lander.

Study Links Brain Anatomy, Academic Achievement, and Family Income
MIT News, 4/17/15
"In recent years, the achievement gap in the United States between high- and low-income students has widened, even as gaps along lines of race and ethnicity have narrowed, says Martin West, an associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an author of the new study."

Reading, Writing, ’Rithmetic, ’Rogramming
Slate, 4/15/15
"Karen Brennan is a Harvard University education professor and founder of ScratchEd, an online community of teachers using Scratch, a novice-friendly computer code developed at MIT. Rather than written commands, Scratch uses digital blocks that stack together like Legos to form animation and simulation programs."

U.S. Study Finds Teacher Bias in Discipline Toward Black Students
Reuters, 4/15/15
"'What they found is, I think, unfortunately not surprising,' [Associate Professor Natasha] Warikoo said. 'It really highlights the fact that we see all of these disparities in school, but not a lot of attention is paid to the processes that lead to these disparities.'"

Name That Baby: Why 'Non-Cognitive' Factors Need a New Name
Education Week, 4/15/15 (Subscription required.)
"But as far as bad names go, 'non-cognitive' is worse than being merely uninformative — it is misleading. After all, every non-cognitive factor I have encountered — self-regulation, grit, mindset, etc. — relies critically on cognition. 'Non-cognitive' somehow manages to be vacuous and wrong at the same time." - Associate Professor Hunter Gehlbach

The Ferguson Conversation
Harvard Gazette, 4/14/15
“'We are a remarkably diverse country,' said GSE Dean James E. Ryan, the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, in his opening remarks. 'And yet our schools are markedly separated.'"

Months Before Taking Superintendent Post, Chang Digs into Work
Boston Globe, 4/13/15 (Subscription required.)
"The more you can learn about a school system ahead of time the better off you will be when you start." - Senior Lecturer Mary Grassa O'Neill

New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected
NPR Ed, 4/11/15
"Andrew Ho, a lead author of the paper at Harvard, thinks the value of certificates will increase, 'but ultimately be limited by the quality of assessments and assessment security, both areas where greater investment is necessary.'"

Where Are the Teachers of Color?
New York Times, 4/11/15
"'Ultimately, parents are going to respect anybody who they think cares for their kids,' said Andres Antonio Alonso, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'But if there are no people who somehow mirror the parents and the kids, then I think there could be a problem.'"

Harvard U. Achieves Gender Parity in Junior Faculty Hires
Inside Higher Ed, 4/10/15
"'Over the past several years, Harvard, like many institutions, has worked diligently to diversify its faculty at all levels,' Judith D. Singer, Harvard's senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity and James Bryant Conant Professor of Education, said via email. 'While we cannot guarantee that the same will happen next year, this year’s success is a remarkable fact that was entirely unimaginable when I joined the faculty 30 years ago.'"

Tufts Will Recruit, Provide Aid to Undocumented Students
Boston Globe, 4/7/15 (Subscription required.)
"Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor of education at Harvard University, said Tufts' explicit policy would probably attract undocumented students, who face a confusing set of rules that vary widely from school to school. 'I think across the country there’s a lot of confusion,' he said. 'This is an important symbolic gesture.'"

School Leader Who Overhauled Discipline in Long-Troubled Baltimore Looks Back
Seattle Times, 4/7/15
"There’s a kind of demonization of kids as they get older. They become Other. The bottom line was elementary schools had to own the kids. There was no place to send them any more." - Professor Andres Alonso

Teachers Must Look in the Mirror
New York Daily News, 4/6/15
"The tenure process is the place to start. It’s the most important decision a principal makes. One poor decision can burden thousands of future students, parents, colleagues and supervisors." - Professor Tom Kane

HarvardX Participation and Completion Rates Vary by Discipline, Study Says
Harvard Crimson, 4/6/15
"According to the study, growth in course participation has been steady, with around 1,300 new participants joining a HarvardX or MITx course per day. The report defined 'participants' as registrants who accessed any chapter of course content, according to Andrew D. Ho, chair of the HarvardX research committee and a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Am I Raising a Narcissist?
Salon, 4/4/15
"'One thing that's important to clarify is that there are big race, class, and cultural differences in this,' says [Senior Lecturer] Richard Weissbourd."

Who is Taking MOOCs? Teachers, says MIT-Harvard Study
PBS NewsHour, 4/2/15
"We imagine a college classroom with a bunch of young, uncertified, invested — at least financially — undergraduate students. All of us sort of had that picture in our mind for [massive open online courses] when they launched." - Professor Andrew Ho.

The Global Search for Education: United States and Finland - Why Are They So Great?
Huffington Post, 4/2/15
Professor Howard Gardner and Visiting Professor Pasi Sahlberg discuss why the U.S. and Finland education systems are admired.

Atlanta Teacher Convictions: Do Standardized Testing Pressures Foster Cheating?
Christian Science Monitor, 4/2/15
"Clearly cheating is unethical, but at what point does this other stuff become unethical?” - Professor Dan Koretz