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HGSE in the Media: May 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 May.

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.

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?
NPR, 5/28/15
"'Basically we're trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests,' says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'The problem is, you go to meetings and everyone spends the first two hours complaining and arguing about semantics.'"

Ten to Receive Honorary Degrees
Harvard Gazette, 5/28/15
Professor Emerita Patricia Albjerg Graham received an honorary doctor of laws degree at Harvard University Commencement.

'Change the World Through Education'
The Korea Times, 5/27/15
"'If we are to make strides in reducing inequality and increasing opportunity in this country and around the world, we must improve education,' [Dean James] Ryan said."

When Teachers See Similarities with Students, Relationships and Grades Improve
The Conversation, 5/27/15
"Even when the similarities are surprisingly trivial – like having a birthday in common with someone else or having a preference for paintings by Klee versus Kandinsky - the consequences on relationships are typically substantial." - Associate Professor Hunter Gehlbach.

Harvard Will Hold its First-Ever Latino Graduation
Fox News Latino, 5/27/15
"'Some organizations have been fantastic, and they gave more than we expected. Other organizations, they were not ready to embrace what we’re trying to do here. Maybe there were not as many Latino students in their programs,' said [recent master's graduate] Gerard Ochoa, who spent his sabbatical at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Food Security in a Backpack
Boston Globe, 5/26/15
"What if Massachusetts committed to ensuring that every child suffering from food insecurity went home each weekend with a backpack of meals? Such a goal is surprisingly affordable," writes Jessica Lander, Ed.M.'15.

From Diabetes to Chewing Gum, Private Funds Can Drive U Research
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 5/26/15
"'As federal dollars get harder and harder to obtain, I think people are increasingly dependent on the private sector,' said [Professor] Charles Nelson, a Harvard University pediatrics professor who formerly worked at the U."

Meaning of 'Online Courses' Is Shifting, Industry Survey Finds
Education Week, 5/21/15 (Subscription required.)
"'It's now synchronous, facilitated, blended, hybrid, flipped, and face-to-face,' [Adjunct Lecturer John] Richards said."

No Coo, Coo for You? Dads Talk to Babies Like Adults
Today, 5/19/15
"'The downside to children between 0 and 15 months being talked to in a normal adult intonation is that infants are less likely to [be attentive] and less likely to learn,' says Catherine Snow, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'Talking with an exaggerated intonation alerts babies that you are talking to them. They learn more from talk that is adapted to their needs.'"

Beyond the Classroom: Mindset — How You See Yourself and What You Want Makes All the Difference
Miami Herald, 5/19/15
"David Dockterman, Scholastic’s chief architect of learning sciences and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, says that kids don’t mind failing. He reminds us that when kids play video games, they fail most of the time, but they look at failure there as an opportunity to learn and improve."

Harvard Graduate School of Ed Debuts Free Online Library of Student Work
T.H.E. Journal, 5/19/15
"'We decided several years ago to study rich examples of complex student projects — often arts-infused, aesthetically rich, interdisciplinary, community-connected, long-term studies of important ideas, concepts, and skill sets — to see if they could help us illuminate specific standards — making those standards visible,' said Senior Lecturer Steve Seidel, director of HGSE's Arts in Education Program."

New Resource Highlights Exemplary Student Work
Education Week, 5/18/15 (Subscription required.)
"A new online resource offers a collection of student work meant to be studied for the opposite reason—to see what students should be striving for. The collection, known as the Center for Student Work was created in partnership by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the nonprofit Expeditionary Learning, which supports project-based learning in schools."

How Dress Codes Make Things Worse for High School Girls
Boston.com, 5/14/15
"'They're old enough to engage in decisions about what the boundaries should be,' [Visiting Professor Helen] Haste said. 'Whether that’s should boys wear ties or should girls have midriffs.'"

Montgomery County Names 'Preferred Candidate' for Top Schools Job
Washington Post, 5/14/15
"[Professor] Andres Antonio Alonso, former chief executive of Baltimore City schools and now a professor of practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, said that finding top candidates with experience in large school systems is not an easy task. 'There’s a lot of competition for a handful of people,' he said."

A Crimson Kind of Town
Harvard Gazette, 5/13/15
"'We’ve told generations: "Go to college, and there’s a great return,"' [Professor Bridget Terry] Long continued. 'It’s not just going to college, but where you go to college [that] matters.'"

Achieving Full Potential -- The Science of Child Resiliency Explained
Huffington Post, 5/12/15
"'The extent to which we are able to build capacities in all children early in their lives. To be able to deal with whatever bumps in the road or major obstacles may be coming down the track, that's an investment in building strong human capital and healthy productive adults,' said [Professor] Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. Of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University."

Parents, Teachers, Calling for Change for Teacher Evaluations (video)
CBS 6 (Albany, N.Y.), 5/8/15
"'Everybody knows adult behavior change is hard, but everyone also knows it doesn't happen without feedback. So as hard as this is going to be to implement it's absolutely essential,' said [Professor] Tom Kane with the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Few in Number, Harvard's Minority Faculty Face Additional Burdens
Harvard Crimson, 5/8/15
"'Go into the faculty meeting room of the FAS and look at all the pictures and the busts,' says [Professor] Judith D. Singer, Harvard’s senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity. 'That’s the old Harvard. The new Harvard should be much more reflective of the pools of people [here].'"

Chores: To Pay or Not to Pay?
Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/6/15
"Chores also teach children how to be empathetic and responsive to others’ needs, according to psychologist Richard Weissbourd of the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Donor Funds Ed School Research on Chinese Academic Stress
Harvard Crimson, 5/6/15
"The China Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has received a donation pledge of $100,000 to fund a research project focused on reducing academic stress in the Chinese school system."

Boston Educator Named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
Boston Globe, 5/5/15
Audrey Jackson, Ed.M.'13, honored for her work at Jamaica Plain’s Joseph P. Manning Elementary School.

State Takeover Gives Mass. District a Fresh Start
Education Week, 5/5/15 (Subscription required.)
"Researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education dug into the impacts of the acceleration academies in the tested grades — 3-8 and grade 10 — in the first year after the takeover and found that they significantly boosted student performance in math."

An 'Income-Achievement' Gap Within Kids' Brain Structures
Boston Globe, 5/4/15
"As educators explore ways to shrink the income-achievement gap, programs that improve the quality of education, particularly for low-income students, may help, says Martin West, associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Two Projects Win Social Entrepreneurship Conference
Harvard Crimson, 5/4/15
"Judges named two intiatives, Educational Justice Activists and Prepped, as winners at an educational entrepreneurship conference on Friday for students enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education course A132: Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Comparative Perspective."

Singapore Wants Kids to Skip College: Good Luck With That
Bloomberg, 5/3/15
There is a clear international trend in the developed world to make vocational education a true choice for more young people,' said Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts."