HGSE in the Media: January 2016
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NU Pushes to End Law Requiring Four Public Finalists for Top Jobs
Omaha World-Herald, 1/31/16
"Judith Block McLaughlin, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education who researches college presidents, said it’s becoming more common to name a single finalist at public universities because a president job hunting can almost be viewed as 'infidelity.'"
Shaking Up the College Admissions Process
The Take Away (audio), 1/29/16
"The college admissions process is really one of the only rites of passage that we have in this country. It's a very powerful opportunity to send different messages to kids." - Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd
Do You Teach Individuals or 'Average' Students?
Times Higher Education, 1/28/16
"'It’s not useful to say: "Everyone’s a snowflake." That’s probably true at some level, but it doesn’t make for good science,' [Lecturer Todd] Rose says, referring to the fact that every snowflake is unique. The problem is that 'we’ve confused abstraction with generalisability,' where the latter term refers to 'a finding which would be applicable to everybody.'"
Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Youth
Faribault Daily News (Minnesota), 1/27/16
"Without strong socio-emotional supports, students cannot learn. And, without connecting to their students, teachers cannot teach. Children of immigrants in the classroom force educators to determine how best to do this work when students’ backgrounds do not match their own." - Associate Professor Natasha Kumar Warikoo
Response: 'Successful Schools Solicit' Family Engagement
Education Week, 1/23/16 (Subscription required.)
"In order to truly partner with families, educators MUST examine their core beliefs about the families of the children that they teach." - Senior Lecturer Karen Mapp
Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America
Uprising Radio, 1/21/16
An audio interview with Assistant Professor Roberto Gonzales on his new book.
Maung Nyeu is Helping His People Put Their Language and Stories on Record
Christian Science Monitor, 1/21/16
"Traditional stories can bridge divides that indigenous children face every day, [doctoral candidate Maung] Nyeu argues: the gap between home and school, Jumma and Bangladeshi, even past and future. 'Language is a vehicle through which our ancestors speak with us,' as another elder told Nyeu."
Baker Noncommittal on Walsh's Plea for Prekindergarten Funding
Boston Globe, 1/21/16
"'The challenge is, we both need to improve and expand,' [Professor Nonie Lesaux] said. 'But Boston’s a great example of high quality, and so if we can continue with that kind of work under those conditions to support the educators and the children and their families, then it’s a great investment.'"
More Evidence That Growing Up Poor May Alter Key Brain Structures
"Now, is there a down side here? Yes. We still need to 'peek inside' of poverty; poverty per se doesn’t cause anything, it is the host of things that travel with poverty. Is it access to resources? Stress? Less than adequate care-giving? We really don’t know. But, the work is very important in pointing to the neurobiological toll of growing up poor." - Professor Charles Nelson
Rethinking College Admissions
New York Times, 1/19/16
"'It’s really time to say "enough," stop wringing our hands and figure out some collective action,' Richard Weissbourd, a senior lecturer at Harvard’s education school, told me. 'It’s a pivot point.'" Coverage of Making Caring Common's new report. (Additional coverage of Making Caring Common's new report on college admissions from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, CBS, and more is listed at the end of Turning the Tide.)
Meet the Man Who Can Teach You How Not to be Average
The Telegraph, 1/18/16
"'And when I say "average doesn’t exist", this is no bumper sticker slogan,' says [Lecturer Todd] Rose. 'It is mathematical fact, with enormous practical implications.'"
Harvard Academic Todd Rose on the Fallacy of Averages
"We’ve become so used to the concept as a measuring and sorting tool, that it and its correlates—below-average, above-average—are everyday speech. We don’t even question the language, although the challenges we face require a different mindset." - Lecturer Todd Rose
Take the Slow Train
The Hindu, 1/17/16
"What it implies is a deliberate, deep engagement with the moment, a commitment to settling down and locking our minds in place, an agreement to withhold our attention from the clock or phone and instead direct it at the object or activity concerned. [Lecturer] Shari Tishman, a researcher at the Harvard School of Education, notes, 'The more you look, the more you see; the more you see, the more interesting the object becomes.'"
How Home Visits for Vulnerable Moms Boost Kids’ Brainpower
PBS NewsHour (video), 1/19/16
"Millions and millions and millions of brain connections are being built. And so as we build the scaffolding for subsequent learning in those first few years, that scaffolding enables learning that occurs over the lifespan." - Professor Charles Nelson
The Special Education Graduation Gap
Huffington Post, 1/14/16
"The good news is that we are learning a lot more about how to help students with disabilities graduate high school. For instance, there is increasing evidence that maintaining high expectations for students with disabilities and providing them with opportunities to take classes alongside their typically developing peers is associated with higher rates of graduation for students with disabilities." - Todd Grindal, Ed.M.'06, Ed.D.'13, and Adjunct Lecturer Laura Schifter, Ed.M.'07, Ed.D.'14.
The Importance of Mentorship in Public Schools
The Atlantic, 1/13/16
"'Personally I don’t think college is for everyone. We get pushed into going to college blindly, without a plan,' [Professor Nancy Hill] said. Instead, she asks her students: 'What is your dream for yourself and how will college support you in doing that?'"
Intelligence Isn't Black-and-White. There Are Actually 8 Different Kinds.
Big Think (video), 1/13/16
"What does it mean when someone calls you smart or intelligent? According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, it could mean one eight things."
New Harvard Teacher Education Program Emphasizes Content, Practical Experience
The Heartland Institute, 1/13/16
"'Teaching schools have fallen short of what high-needs urban schools require,' said Stephen Mahoney, a professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education."
Imagination vs. No-Nonsense Play
Sidney Daily News (Ohio), 1/10/16
"'Human beings have a gift for fantasy,' said Paul Harris, professor at Harvard’s School of Education. '(It) shows itself at a very early age, and then continues to make all sorts of contributions to our intellectual and emotional life throughout the lifespan.'"
As 2016 Elections Loom, So Does A Possible End To DACA (audio)
NPR/All Things Considered, 1/3/16
"'They're playing greater roles within their family, within their community. And so an elimination of DACA would have ripple effects that extend far beyond these individuals,' [Assistant Professor Roberto] Gonzales says."
Immigrant Kids' Needs Go Beyond Bilingual Class in NJ
The Record (New Jersey), 1/2/16
"'Often these kids are coming to support themselves, contribute to a household and certainly there is not much support for them completing their education, and that is something that they struggle with,' [Associate Professor Natasha Kumar Warikoo] said."
Kindness Tops List of What Parents Hope to Teach Kids, Forum Poll Finds
Toronto Star, 1/1/16
"'If you focus on kids being kind and tuning into other people, and less on kids’ day to day moods and how they’re feeling, they’re more likely to have better relationships,' [Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd] said. 'And those relationships are probably the strongest source of happiness that we have.'"