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HGSE Remembers John Hobbs

John and Elizabeth Hobbs

John Hobbs, a longtime supporter of education and the Ed School died on Sunday, January 3. A member of HGSE's Dean's Council, a former member of the Visiting Committee, and cochair of the last capital campaign, Hobbs, with his late wife Elisabeth,...

Mapping the Literacy of Bilingual Children

Associate Professor Paola Uccelli

Children's reading and writing skills build off of their earlier emerging skills using spoken language. The exploration of oral language skills takes a twist when we consider children growing up in bilingual or multilingual environments. Harvard...

Forbes Highlights Revolutionary Educators

HGSE

Forbes recently named 14 educators -- including six prominent members of the HGSE community -- "revolutionary educators" who are "shaking up how we educate our most disadvantaged kids."Among those honored are HGSE Professor and Academic Dean Robert...

Emphasis on Education: Master's Student Tamam Waritu

Tamam Waritu

When master's student Tamam Waritu dropped out of his Ethiopian school in the fifth grade, it could have been the end of his education. In fact, growing up in the East African town of Assassa, Oromia with few amenities — electricity was...

Geoffrey Canada, Ed.M.'75, Featured on CBS' 60 Minutes

Geoffrey Canada

On Sunday, December 6, CBS' 60 Minutes featured Harvard Graduate School of Education alumnus Geoffrey Canada, Ed.M.'75, and the Harlem Children's Zone. Canada, the president and CEO of the Children's Zone, was the recipient of the 2008 HGSE...

From One to Many: Master's Student Nathaniel Dunigan

Nathaniel Dunigan

Nathaniel Dunigan never could have predicted that being given the opportunity to travel to Uganda for one month would forever alter the course of his future. But, it did.Nine years ago, while working as the deputy director for the office of the...

Colleagues Reflect on Kennedy's Education Legacy at Askwith Forum

Ted Kennedy

Although much of country is familiar with the late Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy's efforts in healthcare reform, he was also a leading force behind such education policies as Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the Direct Loan Program. The...

Prospective Students Visit Campus for Diversity Recruitment Program Event

Kathleen McCartney

Just a year ago, Rhonda Baylor visited HGSE's Diversity Recruitment Program where she met plenty of students and began setting the path to her future at HGSE. Now, Baylor is studying for her master's at the Ed School and is giving back to a new...

Johnson, Perkins Named to Endowed Chairs

David Perkins

Dean Kathleen McCartney has announced the appointment of two Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members to endowed chairs. Susan Moore Johnson was named the Jerome T. Murphy Professor of Education and David Perkins was named the Carl H....

Everyday Heroes: Brence Pernell, Ed.M.'09

Brence Pernell

"Everyday Heroes" is a continuing series that tells the stories of Ed School alums who are focusing their considerable talents and efforts on teaching, administration, counseling, and other areas that impact students and their learning on a daily...

Who Goes to the Harvard Graduate School of Education?

Longfellow

Harvard Graduate School of Education students discuss their decisions to come to the Ed School, their experiences here, and the importance of education. Video of Who Goes to the Harvard Graduate School of Education?   

Early Childhood Program Effectiveness

Hiro Yoshikawa, photo by Janet Stearns

This video from the Center on the Developing Child features HGSE Professor Hiro Yoshikawa outlining basic concepts from four decades of program evaluation research which help explain how society can ensure that children have a solid foundation for a...

Lecturer Joe Blatt on 40 Years of Sesame Success

Joe Blatt

Today you would be hard-pressed to find an adult or a child who has never heard (or rather seen) Big Bird, Grover, or Oscar the Grouch. After all, Sesame Street, celebrating 40 years this week, has remained instrumental in captivating not only...

Alums Gather for Arts in Education Conference

Convening at HGSE: Education for the 21st Century

"The door was always a little bit ajar," said Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Ed.M.'86, Ed.D.'91, founding director of the Arts in Education Program (AIE) and former HGSE professor, at the Arts in Education Conference in late October. She was speaking at...

Fischer Commentary Featured in American Psychologist

Kurt Fischer

Professor Kurt Fischer and doctoral students Zachery Stein, Ed.M.'06, and Katie Heikkinen, Ed.M.'07, were featured in the October 2009 issue of American Psychologist criticizing the journal 's lead article for its too narrow assessment of...

The Parental Involvement Puzzle

Professor Nancy Hill

It's 10 o'clock on a Thursday night. Your eighth-grade son has been sitting at the computer for two hours, struggling with a conclusion to his essay on To Kill a Mockingbird. The assignment, which he's known about for a month, is due first thing...

Instructional Leadership Strand Prepares Teachers for Additional Roles

For over 150 years, the teaching career has remained largely the same, with one teacher assigned to a set of courses and a class of students for the duration of the year. Today, however, more and more teachers are taking on new roles within their...

Instructional Leadership Student: Greta Anderson

Greta Anderson

Hometown: Newtown, Pa.Expert Subject: Math Greta Anderson got involved in education while tutoring and taking education policy courses at Amherst College. After a four-year stint in Teach for America, Anderson continued to teach science and math....

Instructional Leadership Student: Therese Arsenault

Therese Arsenault

Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y.Expert Subject: ScienceTherese Arsenault considers education her second career. Even though while raising her two sons, she volunteered in classrooms discovering her passion for observing and listening to children. For the...

Instructional Leadership Student: Michael Holt

Michael Holt

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.Expert Subject: English Michael Holt was drawn to the field of education not only because the significant appeal of "service" work, but also because it is a "field of ideas and exploration." After 12 years teaching...

Instructional Leadership Student: Haslinda Zamani

Haslinda Zamani

Hometown: SingaporeExpert Subject: English Haslinda Zamani says she always knew she wanted to teach. Although initially she attended law school, it only took a few weeks before she realized that working with young people and teaching English was...

Instructional Leadership Student: Kathryn Ribay

Kathryn Ribay

Hometown: Boiling Spring, Pa.Expert Subject: ScienceKathryn Ribay always recognized the importance of education. Growing up in a family of educators, she had a passion for learning combined with a love of chemistry. Since participating in Teach for...

Spence Discusses Ed.L.D. at HAA Meeting

Harry Spence

In a passionate speech before 400 gathered Harvard alumni, Professor Harry Spence talked at length about the school's new Doctor of Education Leadership Program, calling it "a groundbreaking move" that represents a quantum change in the training of...

Merseth Honored by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Katherine Merseth

Senior Lecturer Katherine Merseth's recent book, Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies in Five High-Performing Schools (published by the Harvard Education Press), cowritten with HGSE doctoral students Kristy Cooper, John...

Dean Theodore Sizer, 1932-2009

Ted Sizer

Former Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Theodore Sizer will be remembered as many things during his remarkable 50-year career in education, among them - teacher, education reformer, leader, and mentor. Sizer, 77, died yesterday at his...

The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development

Longfellow Door

This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University outlines basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body's...

The Silk Road Project Focuses on Passion-Driven Education During Harvard Residency

Yo-Yo Ma

Three-day series of events includes Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma concert and award ceremony, music workshop, presentations, and roundtable discussions from October 20 to 22, 2009This week the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with support...

From Appian Way to Hollywood

Neal Baer

Neal Baer, Ed.M.'79, has rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood over his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, but he has never forgotten where he comes from. He returned to the Ed School last week to discuss the power of...

Dede and Rose to Help Draft U.S. National Educational Technology Plan

David Rose

Professor Chris Dede and Lecturer David Rose, Ed.D.'76, have been tapped to help draft the new National Educational Technology Plan under the U.S. Department of Education. They will coordinate with a team of 14 people -- educators, state and...

Workshop Teaches Students to Write Like an Educator

HGSE

Although the school year just began, more than 40 students cheered each other on last month as they received certificates recognizing their hard work in the summer online workshop, Writing Like an Educator (WLE)."This ceremony is to recognize the...

Within Reach: Mark Hecker, Ed.M.'09

Mark Hecker

It was just last June when Mark Hecker, Ed.M.'09, stood before the HGSE community at convocation delivering the Student Speaker Address. In it Hecker urged his fellow graduates to "get to work," and in the short time since commencement, he has done...

The Science of Early Childhood Development

Longfellow

This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School...

One on One with Jim Gray

Jim Gray

Jim Gray, Ed.M.'94, Ed.D.'99, remembers when he realized that learning and fun could coexist: He was a freshman at Michigan State University with no idea what he wanted to do with his life. During an overseas study program to Copenhagen to get a...

Kerida McDonald, Ed.M.'85, Ed.D.'89, is on a multicountry life-cycle journey.

Kerida McDonald

The last time Kerida McDonald, Ed.M.'85, Ed.D.'89, had visited the Ed School was to attend her graduation. As she rushed around campus last spring, the memories came flooding back. "Rastafari, I wonder what happened to . . . ," she would say as she...

Kevin Roberts, Ed.M.'09, is ready to take on the world.

Kevin Roberts

When Kevin Roberts, Ed.M.'09, was contacted by the Farm of the Child, a nonprofit orphanage in Honduras, its staff was finalizing plans for a professional development trip and were looking to buy new language arts textbooks for its school. They...

Joanne Creighton, M.A.T.'65, is too busy to ponder what she is right now; that will be a task for her sabbatical.

Joanne Creighton

For Joanne Creighton, M.A.T.'65, retirement is not the end to her career in education, it is merely a sabbatical. Creighton, who will vacate her position as president of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., at the end of the 2009-10...

Forgotten Schools Remembered

A Currie School

It is Julius Rosenwald who gets most of the credit. And by all accounts, when it comes to the more than 5,000 schools built in the south for African American children during segregation, he deserves much of it. Rosenwald, a wealthy Chicago...

New Study Shows Simplifying Financial Aid Process Improves College Access for Low-Income Students

Financial Aid for Low-Income Students

More low-income students would make it to college if changes were made to streamline the complicated financial aid process, according to a groundbreaking study released today by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Stanford...

Harvard University to Offer Groundbreaking Doctoral Program for Education Leaders

HGSE Campus

Harvard University today announced the launch of a new, practice-based doctoral program to prepare graduates for senior leadership roles in school districts, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.The new tuition-free...

Quality of Early Child Care Plays Role in Later Reading, Math Achievement

Early Child Care Plays Role in Later Reading, Math Achievement

New findings coauthored by Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Kathleen McCartney, published today in the September/October 2009 issue of Child Development, reveals the quality of early childcare may play a role in boosting reading and math...

Augmented Reality Technology Brings Learning to Life

woman wearing augmented reality glasses

When middle school students describe something they did in school as "cool," "exciting,"  and "fun," educators who are more accustomed to hearing "Why are we learning this?" tend to sit up and take notice. Over the past several years, Professor...

"Obama Effect" Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics According to Survey Coauthored by Martin West

Martin West

Findings Show Research Evidence Can BeEqually Significant in Shaping Public Opinion President Barack Obama has the potential to be an extremely influential opinionmaker on controversial education policy issues according to a new survey conducted by...

The Future of Learning Explored at PPE Institute

Howard Gardner

What exactly will the future of learning look like? That was the question on the minds of the 150 participants of the first Future of Learning institute held in August."You are here [with] the existential question of what is the future of learning...

Ed School Welcomes Students to Campus

Ed School Welcomes Students to Campus

HGSE's incoming students arrived on Appian Way this week to begin their weeklong orientation and kick off the new school year."Youcome to us as a diverse group with diverse talents. By this I mean that you represent a range of backgrounds with a...

Assistant Professor Tina Grotzer Receives CAREER award

Tina Grotzer

Assistant Professor Tina Grotzer, Ed.M.'85, Ed.D.'93, was recently given a five-year CAREER award by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, which will allow her to study how children...

Professor Paul Harris Wins Preyer Award

Paul Harris

Professor Paul Harris won the 2009 William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development this week from the European Society for Developmental Psychology at the Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius in Lithuania."Having taught in...

Mom, Dad, You're Driving Me Crazy!

Richard Weissbourd

When my son was 15, I grounded him for violating his curfew. He moped around the house, silent but clearly furious. "If you're angry at me," I said, "let's talk about it.""Dad," he grumbled, "I really don't want to talk about it. Stop trying to be...

Educators Find Strength in Numbers at Project Zero Classroom

Project Zero Lizard

For dozens of educators attending the Project Zero Classroom (PZC) last week from New Mexico and Indiana, it was a chance to add more tools to their education toolkit and to work as a team on creating a vision for the future of their schools."It's...

Reflections of a Retiring Former Misfit

Jerry Murphy

Forty years ago, shortly after Richard Nixon had been elected president, I was fired from a fabulous job. With gleeful enthusiasm, one of Nixon's apparatchiks dismissed me as associate director of the White House Fellows Program, with my position...

Educators Focus on Charter Schools at PPE Institute

Charter School Performance

As charter schools come to the fore in the national education debate, 69 charter school educators attended the Ed School's Programs in Professional Education institute, Charter Schools: Practices for High Performance, in July with the goal of...