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Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping Hope Alive

The 2008 presidential election saw a surprising spike in voter turnout and campaign volunteer efforts among young Americans. Recent trends more generally, however, have not been as encouraging as 2008. As a result, there is increased interest across...

Minister of Kenyan Parliament to Speak at AOCC

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Ed.M.'03, minister of Parliament in Kenya will give the keynote address at the 7th Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC), Crossing Borders: Exploring Local and Global Perspectives on Race, Inequality, and Education, on...

Special Weather Statement

Longfellow Tree

UPDATED: 7:20AM, March 2, 2009The Harvard Graduate School of Education remains open today, March 2, 2009.Note to staff: If you cannot make it in, are concerned about personal safety during your commute, or need to stay home with school-age children...

Time to Make the Move: Rob Huntington, Ed.D.'97

Alum Named Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools

Rob Huntington's friends say that he's talked about being a college president since he was a kid. Although that might be an exaggeration, Huntington, Ed.D.'97, says it is definitely a career he has considered at least since he was an undergraduate...

Tishman Named Director of Project Zero

Shari Tishman

The steering committee of Project Zero (PZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shari Tishman as its new director. Project Zero is a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that investigates the development of learning...

HGSE G.I.V.E.S. to Local Elementary School

HGSE G.I.V.E.S. to Local Elementary School

From the rooftop greenhouse of the John Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester, you've technically been able to see the striped gas tanks on the harbor near UMass/Boston and follow the contoured grid of triple-deckers downhill toward Fields Corner...

Master's Student Named Citizen of the Year

Siury Pulgar Sakakini

International Education Policy Program (IEP) master's student Siury Pulgar recently was named a citizen of the year by El Nacional - a major newspaper in Venezuela. Pulgar received the honor along with Silvia Martin, a fellow for her 10,000 Book...

Koretz Receives Book Award for Measuring Up

Daniel Koretz

Professor Daniel Koretz received the 2009 Outstanding Book Award on February 7 from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) for his book, Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us, published by Harvard...

Snow and Koretz Appointed to Named Chairs

Catherine Snow

Dean Kathleen McCartney announced today the appointment of two Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members to endowed chairs. Catherine Snow was named Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor and Daniel Koretz was named Henry Lee Shattuck...

One on One with Perla Manapol

Perla Manapol

Perla Manapol, Ed.M.'73, thinks about coconuts all the time. She even started a blog about them called Coconuts Galore with the motto: Always use your coconut. The goal is to get people to understand the value in coconut husks (bunots), which are...

Inside Urban Charter Schools

Katherine Merseth

Senior Lecturer Katherine Merseth knows the controversy that trails charter schools in America. Concerns about charter schools include them challenging the long-existing status quo (there are more than 4,000 in the U.S.); adding fuel to the debate...

The Leadership Trap

illustration of a man walking a tightrope

Are you a high-performing leader working full tilt to make your dreams come true? And have you ever been weighed down by any of the following experiences?You’ve been thrown for a loop — by the actions of others or by your own mistakes — and the...

Book Smart

Siury Pulgar Sakakini

There isn't a library in Siury Pulgar's hometown. There was, but that was 10 years ago, before a devastating flood and subsequent mudslides ripped through coastal Venezuela, burying much of Macuto, where Pulgar, Ed.M.'09, was living with her family...

Kane to Serve on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Education Team

Bill Gates

The Harvard Graduate School of Education announced today that Professor Thomas Kane will serve as a deputy director of education for US Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kane will remain Professor of Education and Economics and...

Expertise is Not the (Only) Answer

Professor Monica Higgins

From their earliest training, teachers learn that success in the classroom requires self-sufficiency and expertise. But beyond the classroom, where education administrators must stretch scarce resources, satisfy multiple constituents, and juggle...

What's in a Name?: Kazuko Narui, Ed.M.'93

Kazuko Narui

When Kazuko Narui, Ed.M.'93, was born, her parents chose a name for her that could have been hard to live up to. In her native Japanese, Kazuko means "child of peace." But, instead of being intimidated, Narui has risen to her name's challenge by...

In His Element: Brock Putnam, Ed.M.'87

Brock Putnam

Students at New Milford High School in New Milford, Conn., learn about the epic Battle of Salamis from a Greek messenger -- their teacher, Brock Putnam, Ed.M.'87. To get his students' attention, Putnam performs a speech from the Greek playwright...

Bringing the Lessons Home: Joan Becker, Ed.M.'82, Ed.D.'02

Joan Becker

Joan Becker's grandmother used to say, "You find what you look for" -- advice that has been driving Becker's career since 1983, when she helped launch the University of Massachusetts Boston's Urban Scholars Program. The program is dedicated to...

Everyday Heroes: Julie Krieger, Ed.M.'08

Julie Krieger

Julie Krieger, Ed.M.'08, enthusiastically admits that "Green is [her] thing." It makes sense, then, that soon after graduating from the Teacher Education Program, she put her studies to work promoting environmental awareness and green...

Dede's Research Featured in Science Magazine

Christopher Dede

Professor Chris Dede was recently featured in a Science magazine article and podcast discussing immersive interfaces like River City and the Harvard Augmented Reality Project (HARP).The article, which Dede says is "about a set of opportunities that...

New Study of Boston Charter and Pilot Schools Finds Charter Schools Have Positive Effects on Student Achievement

Thomas Kane

Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and MIT have released the results of a groundbreaking study that suggests charter school students in Boston outperform their peers at other public schools in Boston. Results for pilot schools...

Education at Bat: Seven Principles for Educators

child swinging a bat

When Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor David Perkins looked back at his childhood little league and "backyard baseball" experiences, he found the perfect metaphor for the set of teaching concepts presented in his 2008 book, Making...

Education 2008: Year in Review

Longfellow

This year has brought its share of ups and downs in education, many of which have provoked much thoughtful conversation and friendly debate on the Harvard Graduate School of Education campus and beyond. As 2008 draws to a close, we decided to pose a...

Ed School Faculty Share Ideas with New Members of Congress

No Child Left Behind

Several Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members discussed education in America at the recent Institute of Politics 18th biennial Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress held at the Harvard Kennedy School.Although members of the Ed...

The Importance of Universal Design for Learning

3 boys in a classroom

When a student struggles in the classroom, questions usually focus on the student: Does she have a learning disability? Is this student's reading skill not on par with the other children in the class? Does he not pay enough attention when sitting in...

Expanded Learning Model Discussed at Askwith Education Forum

Ronald Ferguson

Across the United States, most students attend school 180 days a year, and roughly 6.5 hours each day. This system is not based on any concrete data or research, but has arisen over the years as the nationwide standard. A group of leaders...

Chicago Public Schools CEO and HGSE Visiting Committee Member Arne Duncan Nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan

Statement from Dean Kathleen McCartney "Arne Duncan is an inspired choice by President-elect Barack Obama for the vital role of Secretary of Education. As the leader of the Chicago Public Schools, America's third-largest urban school district, Arne...

Pollock's Everyday Antiracism Wins Gustavus Myers Award

Mica Pollock

Associate Professor Mica Pollock was awarded the 24th annual Gustavus Myers Award last week. The prize is presented to an outstanding book and author that advance human rights and actions toward a just society.As editor of Everyday Antiracism:...

Askwith Education Forum Assesses Early Childhood Assessment

Early Childhood Assessment

The notion of testing preschool aged children is met by many educators with concerns about test validity, quality, fairness, and effectiveness of assessment. But, according to the panel at the Askwith Education Forum, "Early Childhood...

NEA Director Stresses Importance of 21st Century Skills at IEP Seminar

John Wilson

For the first time since the inception of the public education system, the current generation of American youth may not surpass the previous generation in educational attainment. This was one of many sobering facts presented by John Wilson,...

Developing Flexibility in Math Problem Solving

Associate Professor Jon Star

A central claim of the current reform movement in mathematics education is that students benefit from comparing and contrasting multiple solution methods. Cognitive science research supports the value of using comparison and contrast to promote...

Questions with Richard Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd

Questions with...Lecturer Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D.'87Catch Upstream, Not DownstreamRichard WeissbourdWhen it comes to helping struggling kids, Richard Weissbourd has a theory: it's important to intervene early in their lives, to build on childrens...

HGSE Faculty Members Participate in Panel on Educational Inequality

John Diamond

"This is a solvable problem," replied Komal Bhasin, principal of Boston's Excel Academy, when asked about the achievement gap in American education. Bhasin, joined by Glenda Carpio, Harvard College associate professor of African American...

Experts Analyze NCLB at Askwith Education Forum

No Child Left Behind

By now many people in America -- not solely educators -- have figured out that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act instituted six years ago to improve primary and secondary school performance isn't working. At the crux of NCLB are the standardized...

Seidel Honored with Crystal Quill Award

Professor Steven Seidel Named Senior Lecturer

Professor Steve Seidel received the Crystal Quill Award from the Shakespeare Festival/LA on Thursday, November 20 in Los Angeles. The Shakespeare Festival/LA is an arts organization that uses professional theater traditions to enchant, enrich, and...

Evolving Gender Roles Explored at Anne Roe Lecture

Anne Roe Gender Forum

Women have come a long way in the past 50 years. Today, women are getting married later and giving birth later in life; they make up 50 percent of the work force and also have tremendously shifted the roles in families. "There have been dramatic...

The Matter of Civic and Moral Education

Associate Professor Meira Levinson

As schools and educators fine-tune curricula to meet standards and accountability targets, civic and moral education continue to slide further and further out of focus, creating a new gap in American education."There's a huge gap. Even when [...

Gardner to Focus on "The True, the Beautiful, and the Good" in MoMA Lecture Series

Howard Gardner

Professor Howard Gardner will begin a unique lecture series at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) next week. The lectures entitled "The True, the Beautiful, and the Good: Reconsiderations in a Postmodern, Digital Era" will explore concepts and...

The Effect of Mindfulness

Metta McGarvey

For many, the word "mindfulness" - awareness of what's happening in a present moment - connotes a new age ideology often dismissed as having no real bearing on a person's abilities. Doctoral candidate Metta McGarvey's research into the practice of...

Rosalind Chait Barnett to Receive Anne Roe Award

Anne Roe Gender Forum

Rosalind Chait Barnett, director of the Community, Families & Work Program at Brandeis University, will receive the 2008 Anne Roe Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Monday, November 17. The biennial award was established in...

Schools, Families, and Community Partnerships

Karen Mapp

When Professor Karen Mapp speaks to educators around the country about the importance of parent and community involvement in schools, she often gets asked, "Where's the beef?" In other words, where's the evidence that these investments actually work...

Literacy Achievement Gap Addressed at the Fourth Annual Chall Lecture

Jeanne Chall

Research shows that there have been positive trends in literacy achievement in the past 25 years. These gains, however, have not included a significant closing of the gaps between racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, a fact that represents a...

HGSE Students Begin Networking Early

HGSE

Networking at the Harvard Graduate School of Education doesn't begin the day after students graduate, but rather as soon as they get on campus.Recently, the HGSE Development and Alumni Relations team and Recent Alumni Circle (RAC) Committee began...

Education '08

Robert Schwartz

Following the final presidential debate on October 15, Professor Robert Schwartz, Professor Susan Moore Johnson, and Assistant Professor Jal Mehta sat down to discuss education and the 2008 election.During the free-flowing conversation, the faculty...

Covering Immigration: Challenges for the Next Administration

Vivian Louie

Dean Kathleen McCartney and Associate Professor Vivian Louie participated in a one day conference last week that brought together scholars, social scientists, and journalists to discuss immigration research and media coverage.The conference,...

Harvard Alums Support Local Educators through WIDE World

HGSE

WIDE World, an online professional development program developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recently received a $35,000 grant from Harvard Club New York Foundation (HCNY) to continue funding New York educators to attend their...

HIHE focuses on Higher Education Leaders

James Honan

This summer HGSE's Programs in Professional Education (PPE) played host to nearly 500 higher education administrators as part of its Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE). As the summer drew to a close, Senior Lecturer James Honan, one...

Spellings Discusses American Education at Institute of Politics Forum

Bridget Terry Long

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Wednesday, October 1, about the current trials facing American education, ranging from No Child Left Behind to the college application process.During the...

Long Responds to Spellings' FAFSA Plan

Bridget Terry Long

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced at a speech cosponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Wednesday, October 1, that she plans to reduce the length of the FAFSA, the federal application for financial aid. Under...

Miles Named Sr. Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

HGSE Campus

Lynn Miles has been appointed senior associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, effective October 1.As the former assistant vice president for resources/director of the Leadership Gift Program...