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In the complex world of education, the Harvard EdCast keeps the focus simple: what makes a difference for learners, educators, parents, and our communities. The EdCast is a weekly podcast about the ideas that shape education, from early learning through college and career. We talk to teachers, researchers, policymakers, and leaders of schools and systems in the US and around the world — looking for positive approaches to the challenges and inequities in education. Through authentic conversation, we work to lower the barriers of education’s complexities so that everyone can understand. The Harvard EdCast is produced by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and hosted by Jill Anderson. The opinions expressed are those of the guest alone, and not the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Summer Unplugged: Navigating Screen Time and Finding Balance for Kids

As millions of students prepare for summer vacation, many parents may worry about endless time spent on the screen. Michael Rich, pediatrician and Director of the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children's Hospital, says children spend more time on the screen during the summer but that the real challenge is balance between screen time and offline activities.“Now, the issue with screen time also should not be that the time you spend on screen is toxic, but that it is displacing something else. And if it is displacing something that is arguably a richer, more positive experience, then one should be thoughtful about that and make that choice,” he says. “The problem with screens as we use them is that we use them in such an open-ended way, such a way that it's a default behavior.”He discusses the challenges of setting screen time limits in today's digital environment and offers practical strategies for structuring days with both screen and non-screen activities. One of the best ways, he says, is for parents to set good examples. “When we get home, we should put down our devices and focus on them, really look at them, listen to them, be silent with them, but not be distracted by our phones. Work is over ostensibly, although we don't remember that most of the time, and it's a time when you can actually enjoy them,” he says. “They're not going to be this old forever. They are constantly changing before us. So, in some ways, we need to value that time with them even more. And by doing so, we are modeling for them valuing time with us.”In this episode, Rich shares insights on navigating screen time in children's lives, and addresses concerns about the impact of screens on mental health, advocating for a nuanced approach that considers individual readiness and understanding.
4/17/202430 minutes, 12 seconds
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Reshaping Teacher Licensure: Lessons from the Pandemic

With looming threats of high teacher turnover rates during COVID-19, Olivia Chi, an assistant professor at Boston University, wanted to study how the pandemic shaped who decided to become a teacher.Many states foresaw serious disruptions to the teacher pipeline as testing centers and schools closed around the county. While teacher requirements differ by state, many require a bachelor’s or master’s teacher education program, student teaching, state teaching exams, or some type of alternative certification program. Massachusetts sought innovative solutions to sustain their teaching workforce by issuing emergency teaching licenses. “In order to prevent a stopgap essentially in the teacher pipeline, Massachusetts issued what they called emergency teaching licenses. And these began in June of 2020, in response to all of the closures during the pandemic,” Chi says. “And the emergency teaching license is different from the others because it only requires a bachelor's degree to be eligible for the license. In other words, you did not have to complete and pass these teacher licensure exams in order to get the license. So if you have a bachelor's degree and you went through the typical checks, you could get that license and be eligible to be a Massachusetts classroom teacher in a public school.”Chi's research, conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, demonstrates how emergency licenses influenced the demographics and effectiveness of the teaching workforce.“I think our results would put forth to consider more flexibility, particularly for those who have already engaged in the teacher pipeline or may already have lots of experience working in public schools as paraprofessionals or in other staff positions,” Chi says. “That being said, I don't necessarily think our results suggest we should just do away with all of the requirements and let anybody in.”In this episode of the EdCast, we discuss the study’s findings and what emergency teaching licenses can tell us about teacher requirements given the current state of the teaching workforce today. 
4/10/202424 minutes, 10 seconds
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Discipline in Schools: Why Is Hitting Still an Option?

While most schools in the United States do not report using corporal punishment – the use of pain as punishment -- it still impacts tens of thousands of students annually, particularly in states where it remains legal. Jaime Peterson, a pediatrician and assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, issued a call this fall to end such practices in school. “As pediatricians, we don't recommend corporal punishment. We know it's not an effective form of discipline. Spanking and hitting a child might help a behavior in the short term. They might be fearful and obedient,” she says. “But in the long term it has a lot of negative consequences. But if it's how you discipline your child at home, parents are often teachers, and school personnel, and school board members that that's a practice in their community at home that seems acceptable. It may be hard to change it.”It also disproportionately impacts certain demographics such as Black students and students with disabilities. With 17 states remaining where corporal punishment is still legal today, Peterson urges parents, educators and policymakers to mobilize and push for abolition of this practice. Calling this form of punishment ineffective, she urges parents and schools to adopt more supportive and positive disciplinary practices that work. “Saying that it's not allowed isn't going to change a school culture entirely. We don't know what other forms of discipline will come in,” she says. “I think really in the simplest forms when I talk with families, I remind them that our goal is no pain-- so that's corporal punishment-- no shame, and no blame when we discipline children. No pain, no shame, no blame.” In this episode of the EdCast, we discuss the prevalence and effects of corporal punishment in schools, and what it’s going to take to end it for good.
4/3/202416 minutes, 7 seconds
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Combatting Chronic Absenteeism through Family Engagement

Family engagement plays a pivotal role in combatting chronic absenteeism.The number of students who are chronically absent – missing 10% or more of the school year – has skyrocketed since the pandemic. Eyal Bergman, senior vice president at Learning Heroes, studied this issue and was surprised to discover how schools with robust family engagement had significantly lower rates of chronic absenteeism. “It shows that the strength of a school's family engagement is actually more predictive of a school's chronic absenteeism than their rates of poverty,” he says. But fostering strong home-school partnerships has been a challenge for many school districts. “What we find is that schools often, despite really good intentions, have not really been designed to promote really strong partnerships with families,” he says. “This is why families are often treated as spectators to the work of schools. This is why their cultural wisdom and their expertise about their children aren't necessarily woven into the fabric of schooling. It's why we see that schools often apply assimilationist practices.”Bergman emphasizes the need for trust-building between educators and families, personalized approaches to student learning, and systemic infrastructural support to enhance family engagement. In future work, Bergman will dig deeper into the data and try to gather more information about what certain school districts with strong family engagement did to keep chronic absenteeism down and a possible tool down the line to help schools with family engagement. In this episode, he explains the soaring numbers of chronic absenteeism while underscoring the transformative potential of prioritizing family engagement in ensuring student well-being and academic success.
3/27/202426 minutes, 42 seconds
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Getting to College: FAFSA Challenges for First Gen Students

For many first-generation college students, the dream of pursuing a college degree is often accompanied by financial uncertainty and adversities that keep it as just a dream. The faulty rollout of a new, more simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form may only keep this student population from even trying.“The intent of simplifying it and making it 'Better FAFSA' was actually very much right-footed to really make sure that it can go to the intent of providing and expanding more access to young people who would be least likely to go to college, largely because they also think that they can't pay for it,” says Heather Wathington, the CEO of iMentor. “So what the challenge then is that something that was created to ameliorate a problem is stuck. So then you have young people that remain stuck. They aren't necessarily able to provide the financial information that they need, and they're discouraged about going.”Wathington acknowledges that the FAFSA changes were intended and may eventually help first generation college goers, but the delays, technical glitches, and math mistakes of the new FAFSA have only added a layer of adversity. “For the seniors, my heart aches for them because it's not feeling like they're going to college,” Wathington says. “And as we're trying to build a college going identity, particularly with young people who might be on the fence about whether they belong, whether they should go, whether they can pay for it, all the ‘whethers.’ We want to be able to make it feel possible, and this kind of serves to stymie them a bit.”How can we make college feel more accessible for these student populations? What is the role of mentors in not only getting students to apply to college but also matriculating to college? In this episode, we explore the hurdles faced by these individuals and explore strategies to help them overcome the barriers to accessing higher education.
3/20/202421 minutes, 53 seconds
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Why Math is the Greatest Equalizer in School

Math has a problem when it comes to equitable learning. The way math is taught and how students are tracked is part of the issue, according to Kentaro Iwasaki, a former math teacher who led new math standards in California and now works with school districts nationwide to overhaul their math programs. Tracking in math contributes to segregation, with Black and brown students often placed in lower-track classes compared to their white and Asian counterparts, he says.“When we go into classes or schools, almost every high school is tracked. With the doors closed and just looking through the window of a classroom, if you just look inside, you can pretty much tell what is a high track class and what's a low track class just based on the student demographics. And that's really unacceptable in our education system today, and particularly this is problematic in math.” The negative impact of tracking carries over into students' self-concept, classroom dynamics, and overall educational experiences. As a math teacher, Iwasaki dismantled an honors math program at Mission High School in San Francisco. This change resulted in increased AP enrollment and passing rates for all students, challenging the notion that tracking is necessary for academic success.“Math is being used as a vehicle to maintain segregation in our education system and that it's more comfortable for parents, particularly parents with social, cultural, political capital, to argue for segregation under the guise of mathematics and saying, ‘Well, my student is at this level, so therefore should be in this class,’ and really kept away from Black and brown students,” Iwasaki says. “No parent is going to outright say that, but in my work with parent communities and listening in and attending school board and school committee meetings, that very much is the underlying conversation and that is what district leaders, district systems, really need to confront.”In this episode, we discuss the concept of complex instruction, the value of de-tracking math, and how like-minded educators can forge a new identity for math in schools. 
3/13/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why Emotional Intelligence Matters for Educators

Janet Patti and Robin Stern joined forces decades ago when they recognized the crucial role of emotional intelligence for school leaders. How educators understand and manage emotions can positively impact the entire school community, contribute to better leadership, well-being, and resilience. The problem though is that for many education leaders developing emotional intelligence is low on the to do list. “People can burn out. People can be exhausted. And we hear that from leaders. It really takes a bite out of well-being when you're constantly in the state of emotion labor and you're not attending to that,” says Stern, a senior advisor for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.High rates of stress and turnover in school leader positions only point to more need for emotional intelligence training in leadership development. In their book “Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders,” they push for social-emotional learning as a required skill for school leaders. They also share how educators can develop a conscience practice incorporating emotions, and how coaching and professional development can only help sustain educators in the field.“Many people just see it as, ’I'm not going to spend my money on me.’ That's number one. I'm not going to spend my money on adults. I'm going to spend it where we need it on kids. We understand that,” says Patti, a professor emeritus at Hunter College. “But if they only realize that by the investment in the principals and the assistant principals and even the superintendent who also is not faring well in terms of long lasting, they would have such a different outcome. Such a more productive environment. Kids would be able to achieve. Adults who would be happy going to work. It would be a different world.”In this episode, we discuss the need for training in emotional intelligence, sharing real-life examples of leaders who have successfully integrated these skills into their roles, and how it can change a school culture. 
3/6/202426 minutes, 7 seconds
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Meddling Moms: The Movements Making Change in Public Schools

Over the past few years, a battle is taking place on many school grounds – one being driven by mothers that is inevitably shaping the future of schools. Laura Pappano – a journalist with decades covering education – couldn’t ignore the growing influence of these movements on education policies and challenging public schools. In her book, “School Moms,” she reports on the well-organized efforts of far-right movements, such as Moms for Liberty, in framing attacks on schools, influencing language and mobilizing local communities. As a result, these movements have flipped school boards, banned books, and changed curriculums.“There is a lot of organized money on the far right. They see schools as a political opportunity. I mean, one of the reasons that I have been reporting on this and wrote this book is because I have viewed public schools-- and I think many people share this view-- that this is a place that is nonpartisan,” she says. “I never knew what people's politics were in my school. We're here for all children. We're here to support their learning. We're here to support the teachers, the librarians. And what the far-right extremists have done is recognize that because schools gather everyone, they are a great platform for gaining power.” In this episode of the EdCast, we explore the historical parallels to these movements, the challenges faced by teachers, and the significance of public engagement in preserving democracy and inclusive education.
2/28/202427 minutes, 47 seconds
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Independent Play Key to Countering Children’s Declining Mental Health

In a world increasingly dominated by structured routines and adult supervision, renowned psychologist Peter Gray is not surprised that children’s mental health challenges and anxiety has been on the rise for decades.“We are so overprotecting children, because we are so always there to solve their problems for them, they're not developing the sense that they can solve their own problem,” Gray says, adding that clinical questionnaires conducted throughout the latter half of the 20th century showed a decline in locus of control for school-aged children as mental disorders rose. “How can you have an internal locus of control if you don't have experience controlling your own life? One thing that clinical psychologists have long known is that if you don't have a strong internal locus of control, that sets you up for anxiety and depression. No surprise. If I believe something can happen at any time, and there's nothing I can do about it, that's a very anxiety-provoking world. Things are frightening. I'm constantly anxious.”He cites many reasons for how we got to this place, including societal shifts and an education system focused on accountability. Gray, a professor emeritus at Boston College, advocates for the urgent need to reclaim the simple yet profound act of independent play, emphasizing its impact on children's happiness and long-term well-being. In this episode, we explore the critical role of independent play in fostering resilient, self-reliant, and mentally healthy young individuals.
2/21/202427 minutes, 20 seconds
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Navigating Literacy Challenges, Fostering a Love of Reading

How do we teach children to love reading amidst the ongoing debates surrounding literacy curriculums and instructional methods, and the emphasis on student outcomes? It's something that Pamela Mason, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, thinks about a lot. She's been both a teacher and school leader, and has spent decades training teachers on literacy instruction. She says it takes many pieces coming together to create the perfect mix -- especially making it fun -- for successful reading instruction. As data continues to show dips in children's reading assessments nationwide, some states like Florida and Mississippi have been able to make progress and capture the attention of educators. "There's a whole systemic approach to literacy improvement. A lot of people looking at Mississippi say, 'Oh, it's because there's going to be third grade retention. Yes, that is part of their literacy plan, but there's so much more. There's in-school support. There's after school support. There's even books being given free to families who attend schools who are underperforming," she says. "So we have this merging of teachers, and community, and families, and administrators, all shining a light on the importance of literacy, and hopefully we're keeping some of the joy involved in that, as well."In this episode, we explore the intersection of effective literacy instruction, cultivating joy in reading, and empowering educators and families to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. 
2/14/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Cultural Power of Report Cards

Questions about the power of report cards led high school history teacher Wade Morris to dig deep into how these pieces of paper came to carry so much weight in the world. In his book, “Report Cards: A Cultural History,” Morris uncovers the evolution and significance of report cards. “Since the birth of report cards, report cards have had critics and they've had reformers that have tried to create alternative systems,” he says.He traces the origins of report cards to the 1830s and 1840s, revealing how teachers in common schools grappled with the challenge of gaining parental support and controlling unruly students. Morris emphasizes that the emergence of report cards was a grassroots development, with teachers documenting their intentions and experimenting to find effective means of control. Over time, report cards have come to be more than just academic assessments and carry profound impact on students, parents, and teachers. “[Report cards are] effective at motivating students even though it's an extrinsic motivation that has all kinds of unintended consequences like anxiety and sometimes bitterness and neurosis and self-loathing.” Morris says. “And it's also extremely effective at still today winning over the support of parents…I still save report cards of my kids. Now they're digital. They're in a Google Drive now, but we still save them. And because there's something deeply rooted about our psyche… report cards are a great way of controlling people because we like it.”Morris says reports cards are instruments of documentation and surveillance, having a unique role in shaping power dynamics within the educational landscape and also influence college admissions, job applications, and even juvenile corrections systems. In this episode of the EdCast, Morris shares how understanding the historical context of report cards can provide a sense of wisdom and perspective. He encourages parents and educators to navigate the complexities of the educational system with a deeper awareness of its evolution and the inherent challenges associated with grading and assessment.
11/29/202317 minutes, 46 seconds
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Brightening Schools' Futures with Solar Innovation

When school finances were looking dire, Michael Hester, superintendent of Batesville Public Schools in Arkansas, saw an opportunity to get creative. In an effort to overcome financial challenges, he turned to a solar energy initiative. The district utilized legislation (Act 464) to conduct an energy audit and redirect savings from solar and efficiency measures to cover costs. Within four years, teachers had a 30% increase to their base salary. “We didn't really have resistance at first because it was more just doubt whether the numbers match, if that would be delivered. Just disbelief that maybe what we were saying we were going to do and pursue could actually happen. Could we check all the boxes? Could we not only find the money, would those numbers be right? And then would we give the teachers the money?” Hester says. “Because you know how that goes. A lot of times you get your budget and things happen, and then you've got emergencies or crisis and things happen and it never gets to where you intended it to go.”In this episode, he discusses the rapid implementation of the project and emphasizes the positive impact on education, the community, and student engagement with green initiatives. 
11/22/202317 minutes, 42 seconds
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Talking to Kids When the World Feels Scary

A rise in mass shootings and growing tensions surrounding the Israel-Hamas War are just a couple things that children are likely hearing about – regardless how parents may try to shield them. These events compounded with other factors like existential uncertainty, the pervasive influence of social media, and a breakdown of civility in society are likely impacting children today and contributing to increased anxiety, says Abigail Gerwirtz, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. Many of today’s challenges are unfamiliar with parents who are left trying to figure out the best way to respond. “Parents are dealing with things in this generation that parents didn't have to deal with, at least in the last couple of generations. And that's a tricky thing to do, to know what to say, how to say, when to say it, what to listen for,” she says. Although it may seem like there is nothing a parent can do, Gewirtz believes parents can take on these difficult conversations. In this episode of the EdCast, she shares effective communication strategies, including regulating parents' emotions and engaging in problem-solving conversations with children, and strking the balance between shielding children and providing age-appropriate information. “I just want to acknowledge there's no resolution to these terrible events. But when I talk about resolution I'm thinking about how we can empower our children to feel better,” Gewirtz says. “These things worry us and upset us. And often we can be left feeling like, ‘There's nothing I can do,’ and we can be left feeling hopeless. But I think one of the most important messages that parents can convey to children is there is always something you can do.”
11/15/202317 minutes, 24 seconds
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Higher Education's Resistance to Change

Higher education is one of the few industries that has changed little in the past few decades. Harvard Visiting Professor Brian Rosenberg believes there is an urgent need to transform higher education but too many structures and practices are keeping colleges and universities stuck in the past. “Look at any mission statement for any college or university, and you will probably find a word like transformational or transformative. And look at the work of any faculty member in any discipline, and they will tell you that they're trying to push the boundaries of their discipline and change things,” Rosenberg says. “But when it comes to the way these institutions operate, there is, in fact, a powerful resistance to, reluctance to, opposition to change.”He says an unsustainable financial model in colleges and universities and the importance of making education more accessible and equitable should be enough of a driver for higher education to change. However, a stubborn resistance to change is so embedded in the culture and structures of higher education have made it nearly impossible to. Some of those structures are the foundation of higher education like faculty tenure and shared governance.In this episode of the EdCast, Rosenberg emphasizes the need for a shift in mindset and incentives to push for meaningful change in the field and to ensure its sustainability and relevance.
11/8/202330 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to Raise Grateful Children

What does it mean to raise a grateful child? Developmental scientist and psychologist Andrea Hussong from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says it’s a lot more than teaching your child about basic manners. In fact, it’s a lot deeper than that and parents play a crucial role in modeling gratitude, how they create opportunities for children to experience gratefulness, and even talking to their children about it. After studying parents and children, she recognized components of gratitude: what we notice, how we think or feel about it, what we do and how we enact grateful behaviors. “One of the big things that gratitude does that I think is so important for kids is it helps us find people in our environment that care about us.” Hussong says. “It strengthens our relationship with them, and it makes that support network surround us with a little more care. And we know social support is so important, particularly now, when we're dealing with these pandemics of loneliness and isolation. We really need that.”In this episode of the EdCast, Hussong shares strategies that can help your child develop a deeper understanding of gratitude,  how you can foster it in the hearts and minds of your children, and the way to pivot as your child becomes a teenager. She also addresses the potential impact of gratitude on mental health. 
11/1/202323 minutes, 29 seconds
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Unveiling the Invisible: Pro-Asian American and Intersectional Perspectives in the Classroom

Tony DelaRosa doesn’t think teachers can wait for policy mandating the inclusion of all races – especially Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) – in the classroom. The majority of states do not require curriculum about AAPI. Delarosa's aim is to support educators on how to do this necessary work on a group that’s historically and systemically invisible in the United States.  In DelaRosa’s new book, "Teaching the Invisible Race," he emphasizes the importance of being pro-Asian American in the classroom, which involves recognizing the intersectionality of Asian American identities and their connection to other racial and social justice movements. "With my work, I'm challenging educators to think about how do you get Asian American in dialogue now? You're already talking with your kids. That's great. Step two is how do you actually get the community talking and involved? And that's another level. That takes years of practice..." he says. "And also a second level is that we need this even more in places where there's not Asian Americans. Much more important because if you're not going to get exposed to them by people, what is your way to build your racial literacy about Asian America if it's not in front of you? It has to be that school. School is the places to do those things.”In this episode of the EdCast, he addresses the challenges teachers may face in implementing Asian American education and the need for racial literacy and the importance of failure and reflection in the learning process. 
10/25/202320 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Case for Early Dyslexia Screening

Harvard Associate Professor Nadine Gaab wants to see the whole system surrounding children and reading development change – starting in utero. Earlier intervention can be the ultimate game-changer when it comes to identifying children with dyslexia, but also other learning differences. “When it comes to learning differences such as dyslexia, we are largely focused on a reactive deficit-driven wait to fail model instead of the development of preventative approaches,” she says. Gaab is a neuroscientist who researches the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills in the pediatric brain, and pre-markers of learning disabilities. "What we could show is that some of these brain alterations are already there in infancy, and toddlerhood, and preschool. So what we can conclude from this is that some children step into their first day of kindergarten with a less optimal brain for learning to read. So you want to find them right then, right? And that has tremendous implications for policy," she says. "You don't want to wait and let them fail if you already can determine who will struggle most likely and who will not."While there have been some efforts to mandate universal dyslexia screening, it is only one small part of what needs to be done to take steps toward addressing the needs of children. The latter is something that Gaab envisions an entire community -- beyond just the school walls -- being a part of from pediatricians to bus drivers and even librarians.In this episode of the EdCast, Gaab discusses the what we know and don’t know about dyslexia and literacy development, and why the need for intervention – as early as preschool -- could be the most impactful thing that happens. 
10/18/202319 minutes, 57 seconds
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What it Takes to Change a School

Changing a school can be challenging, but possible when you have a group of folks committed to making change, says Justin Cohen. He is a writer and activist who authored, "Change Agents: Transforming Schools from the Ground Up." As part of his research, he spent time speaking to educators in various schools that had successfully implemented change to better understand how they were able to do so. There's no real secret to making change, he notes, but rather there were key steps that these schools did including being open to change and giving the teachers the keys to drive and implement it. "Teachers know more than anyone what needs to happen," he says.  "It's when the outsiders and the people with clipboards and the policymakers who haven't set foot in a school, since they dropped their kids off at private school, have a take. That's what I think gets people's backs up. And so when educators come together and talk, they know the challenges. They are deeply aware of what needs to happen, in a lot of cases, and are pretty disempowered when it comes to enacting or adopting the changes." Sometimes that even means going rogue from the district, he admits. In this episode of the EdCast, Cohen shares the habits of schools that have managed to implement change and how you can too in your school. 
10/11/202327 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Future of DEI in Higher Education

The Supreme Court’s decision to end race conscious admissions and -- actions taking place in many states to curb diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on college campuses – has raised the question: what is next for DEI in higher education? Rich Reddick, a leading thinker on DEI in higher education, knows that the field needs to regroup and rethink the future of diversity – something on the minds of most college administrators. “Many folks this summer, we all were sort of in a funk, you know. It's just disappointing to know that the work and the research that has gone for the last 40 years, sort of, being dismissed,” says Reddick, the associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach for the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.“I remind people in both Fisher cases, there are amicus briefs submitted by the Fortune 100 and the military saying [diversity] is something that's critical to our ability to be competitive. Having a diverse population and having students have an opportunity to learn from each other and expose to each other's identities is such an important part of what makes us competitive economically, socially, politically. So that can't go away,” he says, reminding that this is a time for applicants to lean into diversity in  college admissions and for colleges to lean on partners in higher education to continue their commitment to diversity. In this episode of the EdCast, Reddick shares his reaction to the Court’s decision, how it has impacted and changed his work with college administrators, and ways for those doing the challenging work of diversity today to stay committed to the fight. 
10/4/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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Get on Board with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing how we work with implications for the future.  A recent study, conducted by edX Founder Anant Agarwal and Workplace Intelligence,  reveals how AI is already impacting the workforce. With the explosion of AI, 87 percent of executives are already struggling to find talent for jobs. In order to prepare students for the future -- this means educators must also learn to incorporate AI in their work and classrooms, he says. Agarwal compares the adaption of AI in education as similar to other technological innovations like the Internet. “While students should learn how to use AI to research stuff and how to find different kinds of content, we need to help them understand how to use it in their day-to-day lives and at work, much as we brought in search engines and the Internet into the education process without fighting it," he says.In this episode of the EdCast, Agarwal discusses why everyone needs to upskill in AI and how educators can begin learning more about AI in order to figure out the best approach in the classroom.
9/27/202320 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Power of Out-of-School Learning

The field of out-of-school learning time is vast and supports 10 million children a year. Despite this, the programs are often viewed as glorified babysitting and tremendously undervalued. Harvard Sociologist Bianca Baldridge began studying these programs many years ago, citing the impact they had on her own life and how little was known about them."I do think it is important for people to understand that as a society, we really depend on the sector in ways that we may not realize. So it's not only supporting the education system, the school system, because schools can't do everything. They never have. They never will," she says. "When parents are working, working late, young people have a place to go. That really supports the economy and thinking about parents having more time and space to work. And it provides young people with an opportunity to explore what they love, hone in on particular skills, engage with their peers, and also engage in relationships with youth work professionals."In this episode, she shares insight into the out-of-school learning sector, its unique impact on children's lives, the challenges it faces,  and ways the sectors can work together.  
4/12/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Where Have All the Students Gone?

When the pandemic hit, Stanford Economist Thomas Dee knew it was important to track enrollment as a means of understanding what children are experiencing. He discovered that 1.2 million students didn't enroll in public school. Dee's data indicates not only where these children went but also a significant number of children unaccounted for. A closer look at this data provides some insight into aspects of academic recovery that might also be missing."So much of our academic recovery discourse is focused on the kids still in public schools, and particularly those older kids who are in the kinds of testing windows that draw our attention," he says. "But the enrollment data are telling us really that some of the most substantial reductions in enrollment are among younger students, who to this day haven't yet aged into testing windows and won't until we hit the fiscal cliff, when the federal resources available to school districts run out."The implications for such significant enrollment changes range from challenges in instruction, how to distribute funding properly, to possible layoffs and school closures.   
4/5/202323 minutes, 15 seconds
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HBCUs, Higher Ed, and Democracy’s Future

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. believes higher education institutions have something to learn from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) that can change the future of democracy. “What's in their DNA, what's in their history, and what remains on many of the campuses is a model for what needs to happen in this country and in this world now if we are going to save a democracy and save the planet in that order, by the way, which is unfortunate because a broken democracy cannot save a broken planet,” Wilson says.Wilson, currently the executive director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative for Aspiring Presidents, has a long history with HBCUs as a graduate and later president of Morehouse College, and also the leader of the White House Initiative on HBCUs under the Obama Administration. While HBCUs have long been viewed through a lens of deficiency and survival, Wilson notes that these institutions actually are preeminent in character – something that is missing from many institutions nationwide. He calls on higher education to focus more on producing citizens who aspire to common good rather than personal gain. “I think all of American higher education has to heed what John Dewey said and begin to deliberately shape people who will leave and not just be selfishly concerned about their own well-being but about the well-being of society, the shape and condition of democracy,” he says. “This is critical.”In this episode of the EdCast, Wilson reflects on HBCU history and how it can inform the future of higher education and democracy.
3/29/202325 minutes, 36 seconds
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To Weather the "Literacy Crisis," Do What Works

The pandemic challenged literacy development and outcomes for many students but that doesn’t mean America is currently in a literacy crisis. Harvard Professor Catherine Snow, a pioneer with decades of research in language and literacy development, says she’s puzzled by the public discourse about a literacy crisis.“I am...struck by the degree to which people are willing to invoke a literacy crisis, when the data do not support anything like a literacy crisis,” Snow says. “NAEP scores, aside from the pandemic then—but NAEP scores, over the last 10, 15 years have grown-- slowly, but they have gotten better in literacy.” There are many districts that weathered the storm of COVID. Snow cautions that it’s important to remember the negative impacts on children’s reading test scores is not evenly distributed, and in time we will have a better understanding of its impact on literacy development. In the meantime, Snow reminds educators to remain steadfast with balanced literacy instruction.“What worries me about the post-pandemic instruction is that people are particularly under the influence of these worries about phonics are retreating to a stance of, ‘Oh my gosh. They've missed the phonics instruction. We've got to do that more and more and better and better,’” she says. “And the fact of the matter is that yes, they need phonics instruction. But they don't need an hour and a half a day of phonics instruction. Fifteen minutes a day, in the context of opportunities to read and practice and play with language, is probably more effective than overloading literacy instruction with phonics in order to repair the ravages of the pandemic.”In this episode of the EdCast, Snow discusses the current state of American literacy, and how despite knowing what works, we continue to misinterpret modes of instruction and the science of reading. 
3/22/202324 minutes, 25 seconds
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Creating Trans Inclusive Schools

Melinda Mangin stresses the importance of creating welcoming gender inclusive environments -- regardless of whether anyone in your school identifies as transgender.  “If you imagine a quarter of your students somehow see themselves as gender nonconforming-- they like something that's not stereotypically appropriate for their assigned gender-- then we're talking about a lot of kids,” says Mangin, a professor at Rutgers University who is an expert in inclusive schools for transgender people. “I think it's really incumbent upon us to move away from seeing gender as a problem, and waiting to fix a problem, and trying to reframe it as this is an opportunity to be more expansive in how we understand a concept, and to create space for that expansiveness to present itself, and really just shifting our mindset about the work that we're doing. We're not fixing a problem. We're creating opportunities for genuine authenticity for kids.” Many educators struggle to understand how best to do this work, and it comes with many fears, she says. Given the current climate of hate and laws against transgender people, she hopes educators will still do their best to affirm student’s identify and work on developing gender neutral school cultures.  In this episode, she discusses steps educators can make to develop more trans inclusive schools and efforts all schools should take toward building more gender inclusive school climates. 
3/15/202320 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Support Your Child’s Digital Life

When it comes to navigating a child’s digital life, there are many challenges facing today’s parent, says Katie Davis. While an overemphasis is often placed on screen time limits, Davis says this is often a simplistic approach to managing children’s digital media use and families  need to go deeper. Davis, an associate professor at the University of Washington, has long researched the impact of digital technologies on young people. In her latest work, she explores a wide range of technology and its impact on children at multiple stages of development – from toddler to twenty-something. She reflects on her own experience as a parent, and encourages families  not to stress about the challenges of raising children in the age of digital media. “We do our best as parents to steer our children towards positive technology experiences, and we do our best to monitor what they're doing, ultimately, the challenges are bigger than what we can solve within our family, and it really takes more than individual families to address these challenges,” Davis says. “It takes government regulation, and it takes technology companies changing their practices.”In this episode of the EdCast, Davis talks about how children engage with technology at each stage of development and how they can best be supported.
3/8/202328 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Crisis of Belonging

Social psychologist Geoff Cohen says a crisis of belonging is destroying us. One in five Americans suffers from chronic loneliness. Young people are struggling with high levels of anxiety and mental health issues at times when they desperately need a sense of connection and belonging. Although most of us know what it feels like to be excluded or question our belonging, Cohen says we don't do the greatest job of recognizing that feeling when it happens to others. In fact, we often threaten other people's sense of belonging, he says. It's having a serious effect on our wellbeing. The good news is there are small ways we can change and even nurture belonging as educators, parents, and citizens. In this episode, he shares what we need to do to truly create places of belonging.
3/1/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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What Do Immigrant Students Need? It Isn't Just ELL

Educators need to do more to address the basic social emotional needs of immigrant children if they are to advance in learning, says Harvard Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco. She is the director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard, where she's focused on the practices that can change immigrant children’s lives in the classroom. Immigrant children make up 27 percent of US student population. Immigrant children face many challenges and also have many strengths and resiliences. However, those qualities often go unnoticed in the quest to learn English. Suárez-Orozco doesn't dismiss learning English as important, rather she wants educators to gain a better understanding of who immigrant children really are in order to succeed.   
2/22/202324 minutes, 11 seconds
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Parental Rights or Politics?

Parental rights movements have gained much momentum in recent years with huge potential to impact the future of public education. University of Massachusetts (Lowell) Associate Professor Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire, also hosts of the education policy podcast "Have You Heard," say there's more happening with these movements than meets the eye. For the past few years, parents and schools have been embroiled in controversy on everything from banned books to curriculum choices to mental health clinics on campuses. This isn't the first time in education history where we've seen such movements, but Berkshire and Schneider say we need to pay closer attention to the political agendas behind them, and what this means for public education. In this episode, they reflect on the history of parental rights movements, the political agendas at play, and how these movements impact educators and students.     
2/15/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Educating in a World of Artificial Intelligence

Despite growing concerns about generative artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT, in education, Harvard's Chris Dede isn't overly worried. As a researcher on emerging technologies, he's seen many decades where new technologies promised to upend education. Instead, Dede knows artificial intelligence requires educators to tweak how they teach in order to truly take advantage of what AI has to offer. As the associate director of research for the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education, Dede says AI raises the bar and it has the power to significantly impact learning in powerful ways. In this episode of the EdCast, Dede talks about how education needs to get smarter to work with artificial intelligence. 
2/8/202320 minutes, 47 seconds
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Equality or Equity?

Longtime educator Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade thinks schools have been focused on equality for too long and need to fundamentally rethink it. He says equality is not producing the results that schools really need of providing all students with a quality education. While visiting schools many years ago, he noticed educators used the terms "equality" and "equity" interchangeably. Then, he started tracking what that actually means and the data demonstrates it doesn't work. What would schools look like if they were truly equitable places? In this episode of the EdCast, Duncan-Andrade reimagines what education could look like in America if we dared to break free of the system that constrains it. 
11/30/202228 minutes, 9 seconds
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Humanizing Education Through Hip-Hop

Mostly everyone has had some connection to hip-hop, especially students today, according to Harvard Lecturer Aysha Upchurch. It's more than just rap music, hip-hop is a cultural movement consisting of MCing, DJing, breaking, graffiti, and knowledge. It's been a part of our lives for almost 50 years. When we think about education, Upchurch says, it's important to consider hip-hop as part of it. As the director of HipHopEx, an experimental lab at Harvard that explores hip-hop pedagogy, Upchurch has experienced firsthand what can happen when education welcomes hip-hop with open arms. In this episode of the EdCast, Upchurch breaks down what hip-hop is and isn't, and ways that educators can incorporate hip-hop into their relationships with students and schools.Share this episode with your networks! Use #HarvardEdCast and tag HGSE on any social media channel.Twitter: @HGSE Instagram: @harvardeducationFacebook: @HarvardEducationLinkedIn: Harvard Graduate School of EducationTikTok: @harvardeducation
11/23/202232 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Case for Anti-Oppressive Social Studies in Elementary School

Many elementary schools around the nation have little time or support to focus on social studies. It may explain why we see topics like Thanksgiving reduced to simple acts of gratitude or longstanding myths opposed to its more complex history. University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Noreen Naseem Rodríguez says the lack of social studies in elementary curriculum is "heartbreaking" and really necessary for democracy. But it's not about just teaching any social studies, it's about making an effort to teach an anti-oppressive social studies -- or one that tells the full story about the nation and all its people. “When we think about anti-oppressive social studies, we're really thinking about ways to bring those who have been marginalized for so long to the center, and to find ways to teach social studies so that every child in a classroom can see themselves reflected in who is a part of a community, who is a part of this nation's history. And it isn't just about the great things that have happened in this nation, but really engaging with some of that complexity in ways that are appropriate for young children,” she says. “We don't want to terrify them, we don't want to traumatize them, but making sure that students feel seen and that they have a sense of belonging no matter who they are, what their identities are. And that requires us to really throw out a lot of the stuff that's traditionally been used in classrooms.”In this episode of the EdCast, Rodríguez shines the light on the current state of social studies in elementary schools and why it needs to change. She shares ideas about how educators can lean into teaching uncomfortable narratives and some of the challenges to doing this work. Share this episode with your networks! Use #HarvardEdCast and tag HGSE on any social media channel.Twitter: @HGSE Instagram: @harvardeducationFacebook: @HarvardEducationLinkedIn: Harvard Graduate School of EducationTikTok: @harvardeducation
11/16/202229 minutes, 1 second
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Empowering Schools to Take Climate Action

Harvard Lecturer Laura Schifter wants more schools taking climate action. Schools are major contributors to climate issues in ways that educators and administrators may not even realize. Schifter says it goes beyond just the high use of energy, but also school buses and high food waste. The good news is schools can do a lot to shift its carbon footprint and make it part of student’s education at the same time. Schifter, who leads the K12 Climate Action Initiative at the Aspen Institute, aims for 100,000 schools to run entirely on clean, renewable energy in 10 years. But what is it going to take to get there? In this episode of the EdCast, Schifter outlines the reasons why schools must act now and shares the many resources available to make change a reality.
11/9/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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Making Up the Difference in Math

The latest National Assessment of Educational Progressed showed big declines in students' math performance -- in some cases as low as 20 years ago. The results showcased the effects of the pandemic and in particular how hard it was to teach math, say Harvard experts Heather Hill and Jon Star. In this episode of the EdCast, they share why the scores dropped significantly, how challenging it can be to teach math, and ideas on how to move forward from this moment.Share this episode with your networks! Use #HarvardEdCast and tag HGSE on any social media channel.Twitter: @HGSE Instagram: @harvardeducationFacebook: @HarvardEducationLinkedIn: Harvard Graduate School of EducationTikTok: @harvardeducation
11/2/202222 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Nature of Imagination

Children's imaginations are complicated and impressive, says Harvard Professor Paul Harris. Yet, often times, when we watch children pretending, we write it off as fantasy or child's play. What are educators and parents missing in those moments? How can adults be better informed about the nature of children's thinking? From how children mimic reality while pretending to why children develop fears to how they differentiate between make believe and what we tell them, Harris' decades of research demystifies children's thinking. In this episode, Harris takes us on a journey through children's imaginations and contemplates how educators and parents can better use children's imaginations for learning.Share this episode with your networks! Use #HarvardEdCast and tag HGSE on any social media channel.Twitter: @HGSE Instagram: @harvardeducationFacebook: @HarvardEducationLinkedIn: Harvard Graduate School of EducationTikTok: @harvardeducation
10/26/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Superintendency and Culture Wars

The upcoming election has the potential to greatly shift the landscape many superintendents are working in around the nation. The work of superintendents has never been more challenging, say Senior Lecturer Jennifer Cheatham and Claremont Graduate University Professor Carl Cohn, given the ongoing polarization today. That divide is impacting superintendents day-to-day work, making it incredibly hard to focus on key things like teaching and learning, equity, or even relationship building. “There've always been challenges working with the typical political characters, board members, unions, the stress of the job, supporting communities through crises,” Cheatham says. “These are not necessarily new for them. They're just amplified putting even more pressure and stress on superintendents and resulting probably in even more personal sacrifice.” Superintendent turnover is at an all-time high, with one in every four superintendents considering leaving the job, they say.In this episode of the EdCast, Cohn and Cheatham examine the current state of the superintendency and share ideas on how to manage in fraught times.
10/19/202228 minutes, 40 seconds
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How White Parents Challenged Ethnic Studies

What can happen when parents challenge a curriculum? How can movements against curriculums take hold? There's a lot more to it than you might think, according to University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Professor Ethan Chang. Chang's research explores how a group of white parent activists challenged ethnic studies in California, catching the attention of news media nationwide. Although the movement didn't eliminate ethnic studies as part of the curriculum, it had good and bad repercussions. In this episode of the EdCast, Chang details the strategies activists used to challenge the curriculum in California schools, and why it behooves us to better understand the tactics made by counter-curricular movements.    
10/12/202222 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leading in the Aftermath of Gun Violence

What does it mean to be a school leader when the unimaginable happens? Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, knows the answer firsthand. DeAngelis has dedicated much of his time in the past 23 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School, helping other school leaders. Today he is part of the growing number of principals, who've endured school shootings, and work together as part of the Principals Recovery Network. In this episode, he reflects on the Columbine shooting, what he has learned, and about a new guide to help other school leaders work through responding to traumatic events like shootings.    
10/5/202233 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Complex World of Teens and Screens

Harvard Researchers Carrie James and Emily Weinstein give the low-down on teens' behavior online. As part of a multiyear study, they surveyed more than 3,500 teens uncovering information about everything from why they sext to how they navigate friendship dilemmas online. What teens do and why is far more complex than many adults give them credit for. As a result, Weinstein and James say that adults are missing key opportunities to truly guide their teens, instead falling back on tired and useless messaging. In this episode of the EdCast, they provide a glimpse into teens' online world and offer strategies for adults eager to connect and help with the young adults in their life.  
9/28/202228 minutes, 33 seconds
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The COVID Catch-up Challenge

Many school districts are beginning to see pandemic learning losses greater than they imagined. It’s time to figure out what to next, says Harvard Professor Tom Kane, an economist studying catch-up efforts. He wants districts to be empowered to make the best decision going forward. In his latest research, he’s helping districts determine how to plan for these losses and shares what interventions might provide the most bang for the buck. In this episode, Kane shares troubling information about how these learning losses have the potential to shape the future of education and how what we do now can get learning back on track. 
4/20/202218 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why We Need Asian American History in Schools

Stewart Kwoh believes education is the best tool to fight back against ongoing anti-Asian American violence and damaging stereotypes. As co-executive director of the Asian American Education Project, Kwoh has been dedicated to developing curriculums and trainings for educators. Despite many of the lesson plans and tools being available for free, Kwoh admits it has taken time for education to embrace this rich history. In this episode, he shares the importance of learning about Asian American history and what are the roadblocks to embracing such a curriculum in our schools. 
4/13/202221 minutes, 50 seconds
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How We Can Better Support Refugees in Education

Harvard Professor Sarah Dryden-Peterson knows that we can do a lot better for the nearly 30 million refugees in the world. As an expert on refugee education, she says education needs to create better supports for displaced children whose education is disrupted, dominated by exclusion and uncertainty about the future. In her latest research, she shares how governments and international agencies have been hindered in this work and how refugee teachers and students are leading the way to better educational supports. In this episode, she reflects on the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and offers insight into what we've learned from other humanitarian crises.
4/6/202226 minutes, 35 seconds
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What Global Innovations Changed Education During the Pandemic

A silver lining of the pandemic, says Harvard Professor Fernando Reimers, was the push for education to innovate. Through the pandemic, Reimers set out to study how education systems around the world sought out innovations, even in places that had few resources. While it was reassuring how many education systems worldwide tried to make changes, Reimers discusses how he saw a dip in that creative ingenuity over time during the pandemic and why. In this episode, he also shares the unique ways that universities collaborated with education systems and how the pandemic impacted global citizens. 
3/30/202230 minutes, 19 seconds
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Creating Educational Spaces Full of Joy and Justice

Juliana Urtubey, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year recipient, knows firsthand the importance of valuing all parts of a student’s identity. As a first generation, bilingual immigrant, Urtubey brings all parts of herself into the classroom. Today, as a special education teacher working at the Kermit R. Booker, Sr. Innovative Elementary School in Las Vegas, she leans into her diverse classroom and community, fully celebrating it. In this episode, she shares experiences and ideas for embracing student identity, and also how teachers can be better supported in their work.  
3/23/202223 minutes, 52 seconds
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What it Takes to Be a Great University

Harvard Professor Dick Light has visited 260 college campuses talking to administrators, faculty, and students to figure out what sets a great university apart from an okay one. It turns out there are simple and affordable steps higher education administrators can do to make impactful changes on their campuses. Light has long studied the work of higher education and has plenty of stories to share about what happens when a university gets it right versus what happens when it goes wrong. In this EdCast, he's sharing the secrets of university success and even offers some advice to prospective students trying to decide whether their top choice is a "great" university. 
3/16/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Will Teachers Stay or Will They Go?

Since the start of the pandemic, education has grappled with a looming threat of teacher shortages and a mass exodus of teachers. Elizabeth Steiner, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, has released two studies in the past year exploring job-related stress among teachers and recently school leaders. She says the changing modes of instruction, changing guidance on quarantining, mask and vaccine debates, and what's happening at home affects educators. They are one of the most stressed and depressed professions. In this episode, she reflects on the study's findings and shares what might help keep teachers in the job.
3/9/202215 minutes, 57 seconds
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Is the College Enrollment Decline Really a Crisis?

For the past decade, college enrollments have steadily been on the decline. The pandemic appears to have accelerated such drops with reports of more than a million fewer students attending college today. Chris Gabrieli, the chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, agrees that this decline is a crisis with the potential to affect many different parts of society beyond just a person's future. He talks about how higher education is moving much too slowly to abate these shifts young people are making away from college. In this episode, Gabrieli outlines why we are seeing such declines in enrollment, shares how simple ideas like early college can lure young people back to college, and why we need to act now.
3/2/202222 minutes, 22 seconds
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What is Happening with Critical Race Theory in Education?

When Gloria Ladson-Billings set out in the 1990s to adapt critical race theory from law to education, she couldn’t have predicted that it would become the focus of heated school debates today.In recent years, the scrutiny of critical race theory – a theory she pioneered to help explain racial inequities in education – has become heavily-politicized in school communities and by legislators. She says it has been grossly misunderstood and used as a lump term about many things that are not actually critical race theory. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor discusses the current politicization and tension around teaching about race in the classroom and offers a path forward for educators eager to engage in work that deals with the truth about America’s history. 
2/23/202224 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Remote Learning Negatively Affected Children and Why it Matters

 Before the pandemic hit, Harvard Professor Stephanie Jones and Lecturer Emily Hanno were already tracking young children's development as part of the Early Learning Study at Harvard. As the pandemic began unfolding, they started to see shifts among the thousands of families and children participating in the study. Families reported a rise in temper tantrums, anxiety, and a poor ability to manage emotions, especially among the young elementary-aged children participating in remote learning. These findings may not come as a surprise to the many families who dealt with remote learning during the pandemic. However, Jones and Hanno say children's well-being and these experience matter now even as we inch toward a possible endemic. In this episode of the EdCast, they talk about how educators and families need to invest in social emotional learning before learning loss or lost classroom time. They share ways to support educators facilitating classroom experiences for children that allow them to process the experiences they've had. They also offer easy strategies for families to check in with their young children's well-being.  
2/16/202221 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to Be a Social Justice Parent and Raise Compassionate Kids

Many parents want to raise kind and compassionate children, but in today's world it can be difficult to figure out how. Traci Baxley, an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University, is a mother of five children and believes parenting can be a form of activism. She is the author of "Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World." In this episode of the EdCast, she shares ideas for how to create an environment where kids can see themselves as part of a bigger family and offer support to take action in the world.  
12/15/202119 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why Have College Completion Rates Increased

What is driving an increase in college completion rates? It's not student characteristics or higher student enrollments, says Jeff Denning, an associate professor at Brigham Young University. Denning, an economist noticed the increasing trend started in the 1990s, and upon looking deeper discovered grade inflation is driving numbers up. In this episode, Denning explains this change and what it might mean for higher education. 
12/8/202110 minutes, 6 seconds
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Getting Back to Education in Developing Countries

COVID has challenged many education systems worldwide. This is especially true for developing countries that faced significant learning issues prior to COVID. How far did COVID set these education systems back? How can countries like Brazil move forward? Claudia Costin, the founder and director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Policies at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil, discusses how COVID has impacted education in Brazil and offers a path forward.
12/1/202120 minutes, 21 seconds
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Giving Thanks in the Classroom

Math class doesn't seem the likely place to practice gratitude, but Michael Fauteux discovered that it had the power to change it. While teaching a 9th grade math class, Fauteux begin implementing moments of gratitude and soon started to see impacts on student learning. Through Fauteux's non-profit GiveThx that uses digital thank you notes and research based lessons to nurture mental health and improve academic success, he's sharing the practice in classrooms around the country. Since its launch in 2018, there have been over 300,000 gratitude notes sent by over 20,000 students. In this episode, he discusses what motivated him to launch the nonprofit and how gratitude can help student social emotional learning and more. 
11/24/202120 minutes, 52 seconds
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Embracing the Whole Student, Being Ratchetdemic

Christopher Emdin wants schools to embraces a whole student's identity. For far too long, public education has been stuck where it was not designed for all students, especially students of color, he says. Emdin, an associate professor at Teachers College, has long focused on issues of race, class, and diversity in education. Now, he's proposing a new educational model to help teachers and students celebrate ratchet identity in the classroom. He reimagines schools where educators use authenticity as a driving factor in their work. In this episode, Emdin shares his philosophy on being ratchetdemic, how educators can become ratchetdemic, and why it matters.  
11/17/202126 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Climate Change is Taught in America

What are children learning about climate change in American schools? That question set award winning journalist Katie Worth to uncover how climate change education is being taught. As part of her research, she visited several states, talked to teachers, scoured text books, and spoke to students and their families. It turns out climate change education is just as contentious in the classroom as it is in politics. In this episode, she shares points of friction happening between teachers within the same schools and how students are often unable to connect environmental disasters in their own communities with climate change. Additionally, Worth discusses how the fossil fuel industry sometimes plays a firsthand role in children's education. She shares the potential repercussions of raising a generation of children unable to understand the effects of climate change on their world. 
11/10/202123 minutes, 18 seconds
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Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten

Mistakes are supposed to be part of learning. However, Maleka Donaldson knows how we convey mistakes and respond to them as educators can significantly impact a child's learning experience. Donaldson is an assistant professor at Smith College where she studies teacher-student interactions and responding to mistakes in early learning. In her book, "From Oops to Aha: Portraits of Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten," she examines instruction in the classrooms of four public school kindergarten teachers showing the varied ways these interactions happen, and how factors beyond the teachers’ control shape their approaches to teaching and contribute to structural inequities.       
11/3/202126 minutes, 52 seconds
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Reclaiming Higher Ed for All Students

Higher education needs major change and reinvention to provide more opportunity and social mobility for everyone. This is what Paul LeBlanc hopes to see in the future. As the president of Southern New Hampshire University for 18 years, LeBlanc has led tremendous change including becoming the largest nonprofit provider of online higher education and to offer a full competency-based degree program. In this episode of the EdCast, LeBlanc shares insight into why and how the institution made these groundbreaking changes. He also discusses the future of higher education and a need to get back to some of the initial focus that drove higher education in America – its students and opportunity. 
10/27/202124 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Need for School Nurses

The school nurse's job encompasses much more than you'd think. Even before COVID, the school nurse was the "health hub" of the school. Yet 25.2% of schools don't even have a nurse. Linda Mendonca, the president of the National Association of School Nurses, discusses the need for school nurses and how they are doing much more than most of us realize. She offers guidance for the school community, especially administrators, on how to make sure your school nurse is a part of important conversations. 
10/20/202113 minutes, 35 seconds
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The State of School Boards

It's a contentious time to be a school board member in America. Michael Casserly, a strategic adviser for the Council of the Great City Schools, reflects on the current state of school board meetings happening around the country. He also provides insight regarding the purpose of school boards, what a board needs to do to function well, and how to manage controversy. 
10/13/202121 minutes, 40 seconds
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What Summer School Can and Can't Do

There's a lot of conversation in education about how to use this summer to make up for lost academic time in COVID. But depending on the student and the situation -- summer school may or may not be the right solution. Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher at RAND Corporation, has spent many years examining what makes summer school effective. She advises that while summer school isn't magic, it can also be beneficial for some children. Additionally, she breaks down some of the differences between summer school and extended learning, and offers guidance to families trying to figure out what to do with their children this summer. 
4/21/202117 minutes, 43 seconds
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Raising Addiction-Free Kids

Jessica Lahey wondered how to keep kids from developing addictions to drugs and alcohol. She thought about it in her job as an educator at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents. She also pondered this as a parent and an alcoholic. Lahey knows that preventing substance abuse isn't cut and dry. In her new book, The Addiction Inoculation, she explores substance abuse risks and what parents need to know to keep their children safe.
4/14/202124 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lessons on Leading During COVID

DC Public School Chancellor Lewis Ferebee was making strides on student academic gains, growing enrollments and creating the positive environment that he wanted for the nearly 50,000 students in the district. Then COVID happened. Like many education leaders, he faced unprecedented challenges to deliver distance learning, properly ventilate school buildings, extend supports and reopen schools. Ferebee shares what it has been like to lead the district though this time and some of the unique steps he has taken, as well as what has worked and what hasn't.
4/7/202120 minutes, 27 seconds
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Gender Matters: Challenges Facing Women in Education

The pandemic has exposed gender inequities that don't often get talked about in education. It doesn't matter whether women work in early childhood, or higher education, or somewhere in between, these inequities play out similarly across the field. Jennie Weiner, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, studies how to make education -- especially leadership -- more inclusive and equitable. While education has long been a "highly feminized profession," Weiner explains the unique way this has worked against women in the field.  She shares the importance of gender as we work toward an antiracist society and strive for a more just world. She also suggests steps toward change.     
3/31/202125 minutes, 1 second
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Transitioning into Adulthood

How has the end of adolescence changed or has it at all? Harvard Professor Nancy Hill and Lecturer Alexis Redding set out to better understand changes in adolescent development across generations. When they discovered an untapped archive from the 1970s, they expected to uncover huge changes, especially considering how the world shifted in the past 50 years. Instead they found common ties among the generations. They share how these generational similarities offer insight into how we can better support adolescents at home and in college. They also debunk this idea that today's adolescents are "coddled" and "overparented." 
3/24/202125 minutes, 45 seconds
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Disrupting Whiteness in the Classroom

Systemic racism has deeply permeated all aspects of our schools to the point it's gone viral. Racist curriculum and racist acts of teachers have trended on social media, even though it's long been a problem in schools. Bree Picower, an associate professor at Montclair State  University, says it's more than 'just a few bad teachers' and really a complex problem that needs to be managed on multiple levels from teacher education programs to the classroom. She's a teacher educator who has studied how curriculum choices perpetuate White supremacy and the strategies educators can use to disrupt them.
3/17/202121 minutes, 11 seconds
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Student Testing, Accountability, and COVID

President Biden's recent insistence that standardized testing should happen this year has been met with reluctance in many states. Harvard Professor Andrew Ho explains the importance of moving forward with standardized testing and what it can tell us about the impact of COVID on students. Ho is a psychometrician who studies educational assessments. He explains why we must consider this more an "educational census" rather than an "assessment" and how to achieve that. He also discusses how much we actually know about learning loss, and how testing may offer insight into targeting supports.
3/10/202119 minutes, 14 seconds
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Propaganda Education for a Digital Age

Think that propaganda is an outdated thing of the past? Well, think again. Propaganda is everywhere -- in the news, entertainment, politics, education, social media and more. Renee Hobbs, a media literacy expert, says it's vital that adults and children better understand how to identify and analyze propaganda. Hobbs, the director of URI's Media Education Lab, and the author of "Mind Over Media," is leading the way in what propaganda education looks like in our classrooms. She shares the history of propaganda education in America, and some of the ways pedagogy can incorporate lessons on propaganda in almost every subject today.     
3/3/202123 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Intellectual Lives of Children

Developmental Psychologist Susan Engel discusses the importance of nurturing young children's ideas, and why we need to pay closer attention to what they think. Engel, a senior lecturer in psychology at Williams College, has long explored children's curiosity and how they learn to pursue ideas. From a young age, children's obsessions with dinosaurs or puddles or even topics like death are opportunities as educators and parents to nurture their ideas and interests. Engel shares ways for educators and parents to do this type of work, and contends that it's vital in schools and at home. 
2/24/202126 minutes, 59 seconds
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College Admissions During COVID

What will the future of college be like post-COVID? If one thing is sure, COVID has already significantly altered college admissions. Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek breaks down some of the changes in college admissions like the test optional movement and whether to take the SATs. Franek also addresses how college application rates seem to be trending upward and whether high school juniors and seniors should consider deferring or attending the next few years of college.   
2/17/202120 minutes, 41 seconds
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Fugitive Pedagogy in Black Education

Jarvis Givens tells the history of Black teachers and their covert actions in the classroom during the Jim Crow South. An assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Givens latest research delves into the theory and practices of Black educators, which he calls "fugitive pedagogy," and how it has been passed down from the enslaved and beyond. This changes the deficit lens often taken when discussing Black education in America, revealing a powerful narrative that still impacts educators today.  
2/10/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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Schools, Reopening, and the Cycle of Mistrust

The latest research on COVID and schools emphasizes the importance of reopening but far too many schools remain closed. Harvard Professor Meira Levinson discusses how efforts to reopen often stall due to a lack of trust in the school district. Levinson, who co-authored The Path to Zero Report, which provides guidelines on how to safely reopen, emphasizes how even with the best safety protocols, ventilation, and adequate supplies in place that districts face an even bigger issue: how to rebuild trust among the many key players it serves.   
2/3/202122 minutes, 50 seconds
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Pivot Out Loud

Introducing the new podcast Pivot Out Loud -- stories of education and life in a year of disruption. In this episode, Harvard EdCast host Jill Anderson recounts what it's like staying and working from home with a young child. She shares the struggle of trying to balance her child's academics and play along with working full-time. Listen to more episodes: https://pivot-out-loud.simplecast.com/What does education look like in a world turned sideways? Covid-19 forced teaching and learning to change overnight, transforming what it means to be a student, an educator, and a parent. How did people adapt and adjust? Pivot Out Loud explores — telling stories of education and life in a year of disruption. Hosted by Lory Hough, editor of Ed Magazine, and brought to you by the producers of the Harvard EdCast at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
12/20/202018 minutes, 2 seconds
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Prioritizing Self-Care in Practice

Educator's have always benefitted from self-care, and in today's challenging times, it is especially important. Harvard Lecturer Jackie Zeller discusses the what it means to practice self-care and how it can benefit more than just the educator. Zeller, a licensed psychologist, will be teaching a new course this spring at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on self-care and wellness. In this episode, Zeller discusses the benefits of self-care, ideas for how to create a practice of self-care, and a growing awareness in the education field around supporting wellness. Disclaimer: This piece is meant to be solely informational in nature.  It is not meant to provide professional care or recommendations. This piece includes general considerations, but people should contact their own providers for individualized advice and recommendations. 
12/16/202015 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tapping into Student Agency

Educational sociologist Anindya Kundu recognized that students need more than grit to succeed in school. He studies the role of student agency, and how focusing on student potential can lead to growth and success in life, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Kundu, a Senior Fellow of Research at Labor Market Information Service, at the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, CUNY, defines agency and offers ways for school leaders and educators to take steps toward developing student agency.   
12/9/202019 minutes, 13 seconds
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What it Means to Learn Science

How does the world solve complex problems like climate change? One answer may be to teach science in more complex and personal ways. Through the research project, Learning in Places, Professors Megan Bang and Carrie Tzou are developing innovative and equitable field-based science lessons. In this episode of the EdCast, Bang and Tsou share ways to make science more personal and how to better connect children's learning to the natural world. 
12/2/202026 minutes, 2 seconds
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Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times

In this episode, Kristi Nelson, the executive director of a Network for Grateful Living, discusses why some people have an easier time finding gratitude than others, the role of education in being grateful, and how to implement strategies and education in order to cultivate more grateful living. 
11/25/202019 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Amateur Enterprise of College Teaching

How much has college teaching really changed in 150 years? Not very much, according to Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In his latest book, The Amateur Hour, Zimmerman traces the history of undergraduate teaching practices in the United States and how it has yet to reach a level of professionalization. In this episode of the EdCast, Zimmerman discusses how colleges and universities got to where they are today, and what it might take to change the future of college teaching.
11/18/202016 minutes, 45 seconds
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Teaching Across a Political Divide

America seems more divided than ever. Paula McAvoy, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, has long focused her work on helping educators teach young people how to live together in this world. Educators can use the recent presidential election as a tool. In this episode of the EdCast, McAvoy discusses how to make the most of your "political" classroom.
11/9/202018 minutes, 54 seconds
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Applying Education Research to Practice

Education research is often disconnected from the reality of practitioners in the field. Carrie Conaway, a senior lecturer at Harvard and an expert on how to apply education research in practice, gets into the details of how to bridge the gap between education research and practice. In this episode, she discusses the way education leaders can use existing education research and also begin to implement their own evidence-based research to figure out what works.
11/4/202020 minutes, 58 seconds
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How Colleges Fail Disadvantaged Students

In this encore episode of the Harvard EdCast, which originally aired on February 13, 2019, Tony Jack discusses the consequences of conflating access and inclusion — and the barriers that low-income students face when they get to college -- a situation even more important in the wake of campus closures due to COVID. 
10/28/202025 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Covid-19 Impacts Rural Schools

We don't often hear about the 15% of students who attend rural schools. It seems this population is often left out of national conversations about the impact of COVID on education. Mara Tieken, an associate professor at Bates College, is an expert on rural schools and has been helping many rural school districts cope throughout the pandemic. In this episode, Tieken talks about some of the ways rural schools are getting through the pandemic and ideas on how to include rural schools in the national conversation.
10/21/202017 minutes, 36 seconds
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Education in Uncertain Times

Times are troubling for many higher education institutions around the country. With many enrollments down and huge drops in student applications for federal financial aid, it's not just institutions struggling but low-income college goers are facing major disruptions as well. Bridget Terry Long -- the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an economist -- is concerned about every student and how the pandemic may impact their education and futures. In this episode, she speaks candidly about the many challenges facing higher education institutions, college goers, and what it's like to lead an institution during a pandemic.
10/14/202022 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Role of Education in Democracy

Many people question the state of democracy in America. This is especially true of young people, who no longer share the same interest in democracy as the generations before them. Harvard's Danielle Allen has long studied what citizens need in order to succeed in democracy and how our social studies and civics education can impact this. In this episode, Allen discusses how we got where we are today, the unique role of education, and what it takes to reinvest in education for democracy.
10/7/202011 minutes, 20 seconds
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Making Online Learning Work

With many children learning remotely this fall, Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy – a leader in online learning – knows that it’s a daunting task for everyone involved to deliver the best and most high quality experience. In this episode of the EdCast, Khan shares some of the most effective teaching strategies for remote learning, and how parents can help support online learning at home. He also gives practical tips for how to manage teaching young children online.
9/30/202018 minutes, 23 seconds
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Improving College Access for Native People

Only about 14 percent of Native Americans attend college and many often leave before graduating. TaraJean Yazzie-Mintz has spent much of the past three decades working to improve access to education for Native people. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, she addresses the barriers to higher education for Native people, and how higher education institutions can do a better job at welcoming and keeping Native people in this space.
4/29/202019 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Digital Divide and Remote Learning

The pandemic set off a race for schools to launch remote learning and to keep children from falling behind. But at what cost? In this episode of the EdCast, Harvard Lecturer Uche Amaechi discusses the tension that exists for schools trying to find a balance between continuing education in equitable ways among all students.
4/22/202021 minutes, 38 seconds
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School Leadership During a Crisis

With more than 55 million children out of school due to the pandemic, school leaders are facing the adaptive challenge of all time. The challenges go far beyond closures. Harvard Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman shares what is on the minds of school leaders throughout the country, and advises how they can stay grounded and plan in such a difficult time.
4/16/202018 minutes, 54 seconds
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Schooling for Critical Consciousness

What is the role of schools in teaching students, especially students of color, how to face oppression and develop political agency? Are there ways that some educators succeed in doing this in one school but not in another school? Professors Daren Graves and Scott Seider were eager to find the answers and set out to research five mission-driven high schools over four years. In this episode of the EdCast, they share the ways that educators and school leaders can help young people better understand and challenge racial injustices.
4/8/202026 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Benefits of Family Mealtimes

Despite family meal times being hugely beneficial to kids, only about 30% of families manage to eat together regularly. Anne Fishel, executive director of the Family Dinner Project, knows it's not always easy to find that time but it also doesn't have to be so hard. Through her work, she helps families find fun, creative, and easy ways to make meals a reality. As many families adjust to stay-at-home orders from the Coronavirus, there is a silver lining in that now there is time to enjoy a family meal or two.
4/1/202023 minutes, 9 seconds
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Learning Loss and the Coronavirus

With many schools closed around the country due to the Coronavirus, educators and parents may have growing concerns about how long students can go without formal instruction. Jennifer McCombs, a senior policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has long studied the effects of summer break on learning -- particularly for at risk students from low-income families or students performing below grade level. In this episode of the EdCast, McCombs discusses how what we know from summer learning loss might guide educators, districts, and parents as they set forth on learning when school is closed.
3/25/202017 minutes, 53 seconds
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College Students in the Age of Surveillance

This newest generation of college students know that algorithms tend to skew the truth online, but many feel it is par for the course. Alison Head, a researcher and director of Project Information Literacy, explores how algorithmic-driven platforms are shaping the ways college students access news and information and its potential to change the college landscape.
3/19/202016 minutes, 14 seconds
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Schools, Families, and the Coronavirus

Many school districts are facing challenging decisions about how to prepare and respond to the novel Coronavirus including whether to close and try distance learning. Harvard Epidemiologist Bill Hanage and Education Ethicist Meira Levinson explore the public health issue and its potential impact on schools and families. They also offer guidance for practitioners and parents.
3/10/202024 minutes, 36 seconds
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Racial Differences in Special Education Identification

Harvard Lecturer Laura Schifter explains disproportionality and why so many students of color are placed in special education, often in separate classrooms from their peers. While income status is sometimes accepted as the reason behind this phenomenon, Schifter says that doesn't tell the full story. In this EdCast, Schifter shares recent research into this issue and discusses the challenges facing special education.
3/5/202021 minutes, 53 seconds
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Getting Beyond the Literacy Debate

There's much debate in the literacy world about what's the best way to teach children to read. With two out of three children struggling to learn to read, the nation is questioning what actually works. Harvard Professor James Kim discusses why learning to read is so challenging and shares how his latest model called MORE offers another way.
2/26/202025 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Pitfalls of Oversharing Online

Children aren't the only people compromising their privacy online. Grown ups are also taking to to digital media and technology, and oversharing information about the children in their lives too. Leah Plunkett, a law professor and parent, wants adults to think twice before talking about children online. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Plunkett, author of "Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online," discusses all the way adults -- including educators -- overshare details about children and how to take steps to safeguard their actions.
12/18/201925 minutes, 11 seconds
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Grading for Equity

When Joe Feldman, author of Grading for Equity, looked closer at grading practices in schools across the country, he realized many practices are outdated, inconsistent, and inequitable. Today he helps educators develop strategies that tackle inconsistent grading practices. In doing so, Feldman tells the Harvard EdCast how shifting grading practices can change the landscape of schools and potentially the future for students.
12/11/201932 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Common and Yet Hidden Language Disorder

Although more children have developmental language disorder (DLD) than autism -- most people have never heard of it. Dr. Tiffany Hogan, the director of the Speech and Language Literacy Lab at MGH Institute, wants greater awareness of this language disorder, especially among educators and parents. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, she discusses what DLD is and how it can affect children's learning ability.
12/4/201928 minutes, 41 seconds
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Unconscious Bias in Schools

Many educators struggle with unconscious bias in their roles at school -- often in ways that can unknowingly perpetuate racism and negatively affect students. In this episode of the EdCast, Tracey Benson and Sarah Fiarman offer ways to address these issues directly and outline how educators can start this work in their schools. Benson, an assistant professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Fiarman, director of leadership development at EL Education, are authors of the new book, Unconscious Bias in Schools.
11/20/201927 minutes, 54 seconds
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Sticker Shock: The Actual Cost of College

When many people see the college price tag, they believe it's financially out-of-reach. But Wellesley College Professor Phillip Levine, who studies college affordability, says that people often don't realize there's a difference between the price of college and what a family might actually pay. Through the development of Myintution.org -- an online tool that helps families uncover the actual cost -- he hopes more students will achieve their college dreams.
11/13/201916 minutes, 29 seconds
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What Test Scores Actually Tell Us

Harvard Professor Andrew Ho thinks test scores can often simplify how we view student performance, school effectiveness, and educational opportunity. By taking a more comprehensive look at data like test scores and learning rates in districts, we may be able to better identify and contextualize how well a school is doing beyond just average test scores. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Ho discusses his work with the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University and how it provides data to help scholars, policymakers, educators, and parents learn how to improve educational opportunity for all children.
11/6/201912 minutes, 45 seconds
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Colleges as Courageous Spaces

Many college and university leaders recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work being done on their campus, but that doesn't always mean it's done for the right reasons. In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Richard Reddick, associate dean for equity, community, engagement and outreach at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the rise of DEI work in higher education and how this work should create more courageous spaces on college campuses.
10/30/201921 minutes, 45 seconds
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Prioritizing Student Mental Health in College

Students are struggling with mental health issues on college campuses. Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, a founding director of McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program in Massachusetts, says there's a lot of things we can all do to help the college mental health crisis. Pinder-Amaker discusses the factors leading to mental distress on campus, how colleges can create better responses, and really how everyone plays an important role in this issue, especially what happens long before students get to college.
10/23/201924 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why We Need to Rethink Recess

Sociologist Rebecca London knows recess is an afterthought in many schools day. Too often, it's just seen as a break or a way to get some physical exercise for kids. She wants to see educators rethink how to use that time to better support young students. In this episode of the EdCast, London shares ideas from her new book, "Rethinking Recess," how to create a more inclusive recess, and why taking away recess -- especially as punishment -- is a bad idea for kids.
10/16/201918 minutes, 30 seconds
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Higher Education's Biggest Conundrums

David Wilson used college as a path out of poverty. Now, as the president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, he wants that to be the reality for other children too. But, for so many kids today, getting to college and paying for college is a challenge. After 25 years in higher education leadership, President Wilson grapples with issues of access for students every day. In this episode of the EdCast, he talks about why this is a pivotal time to change higher education and how to tackle issues of rising costs associated with college.
10/9/201917 minutes, 6 seconds
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Facing Challenges, Driving Success (in Chicago)

Dr. Janice K. Jackson knew taking the role as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools would be challenging. She has inherited a history of problems in the district, but refuses to make her leadership about the blame game. In this episode of the EdCast, she discusses how she's facing the challenges before her. Even with a teacher strike looming, Jackson's pragmatic leadership and "We'll get through it" attitude frames her decision-making as the head of the third largest school district in the country.
10/2/201921 minutes, 56 seconds
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A Classic Problem -- Putting Diverse Books into Practice

The books children read in the classroom today look a lot like they did decades ago. Kim Parker, cofounder of #Disrupttexts, wants to change that. In this EdCast, she addresses the challenges facing educators trying to diversify books in their classroom. With diverse books regularly appearing on the American Library Association's most challenged and banned books in libraries and schools, Parker discusses this and our inability to move beyond the literary canon. She offers ideas for educators trying to take steps to incorporate diverse books in their practice and how parents can be supportive allies in the process.
9/25/201915 minutes, 54 seconds
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Understanding Immigration

Regardless of how you might feel about immigration, Harvard Professor Roberto Gonzales thinks we need to better understand its implications and how it affects everyday life of immigrants and beyond. In this episode, Gonzales discusses the immigration crisis in America and his new effort, the Immigration Initiative at Harvard, to connect researchers, policymakers, and immigrant communities together in dialogue, supportive action, and shared learning.
9/18/201912 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Quest for Deeper Learning in High Schools

Harvard researchers Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine talk about what they discovered while studying nontraditional, innovative high schools, and what we can learn from the pockets of great work happening around the country.
5/1/201930 minutes, 20 seconds
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EdCast Extra: Teens Get Real About Inequity in College Access

In this EdCast extra, Harvard Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd along with Nicolas Burgess, 17, and Dequan Franks, 19, from Jacksonville, Florida, speak about the EVAC movement, experiences as "at-risk" youth, and address the immense inequities facing some students.
4/29/20197 minutes, 12 seconds
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Putting Ethics First in College Admissions

Harvard Psychologist Rick Weissbourd guides parents (and high schools) to be better ethical role models, especially in the college admissions process.
4/24/201912 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Making of a Bully-free School

Educator Tina Owen-Moore speaks about the creation of the Alliance School in Milwaukee and strategies to combat bullying.
4/17/201915 minutes, 20 seconds
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Redefining School Counseling

Mandy Savitz Romer, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, shares misconceptions about the profession, and how the school counselor role should change to better support children.
4/10/201915 minutes, 43 seconds
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Broadening Global Perspectives

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen discusses the world of global education, and how educators can incorporate a global approach in the classroom.
4/3/201921 minutes, 1 second
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The Desegregation Compromise

Vanessa Siddle Walker, professor of African American educational studies at Emory College, discusses the role of black educators in desegregation efforts and why school integration didn't end up working as hoped.
3/27/201919 minutes, 38 seconds
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Moving Beyond Technical in Computer Science Education

Sepehr Vakil, an assistant professor at Northwestern University, talks about the importance of looking at computer science education beyond just the technical – and what a more ethical and power balanced computer science course might look like in education.
3/20/201912 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Complexities of Teacher Strikes

Harvard Professor Marty West talks about the wave of teacher strikes happening throughout the country and the complexities of teacher compensation that make it difficult to raise salaries.
3/13/201917 minutes, 9 seconds
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Overparented, Underprepared

Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, talks about the dangers of overparenting and how it can make or break a child's success at college.
3/6/201924 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Rights of Public School Students

Justin Driver, a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, reflects on the history of Supreme Court education rulings and foreshadows legal issues that may be percolating in public schools today.
2/27/201919 minutes, 24 seconds
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Replicating Effective Charter School Practice

Sarah Cohodes, an assistant professor at Teachers College, talks about the state of charter schools and whether we can transfer effective charter school practice to traditional public schools.
2/20/201918 minutes, 13 seconds
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How Colleges Fail Disadvantaged Students

Tony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor and assistant professor at Harvard, discusses the experiences of low income students as colleges try to diversify student population, and ways we can change it for the better.
2/13/201925 minutes, 4 seconds
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Reducing Absences, Capturing School Days

Todd Rogers, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and also director of the Student Social Support R&D lab, talks about discovering an effective intervention against chronic absenteeism, how to get more students back in class, and what seems to work in targeting absent students.
2/6/201920 minutes, 48 seconds
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From Prison to Ph.D.

Dr. Stanley Andrisse, director of From Prison Cell to Ph.D., shares his story and discusses the school to prison pipeline, and how higher education can remove barriers for formerly incarcerated people so they can use education to transform their lives.
12/12/201822 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Promise for Education

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf shares why she has focused so much of her term on education, and particularly the creation of Oakland Promise, which aims to get more kids to acquire postsecondary education.
12/5/201812 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Personalized Learning Can Lead to Success

Lecturer Todd Rose discusses the importance of personalized learning in the quest for success, and how success will look different in the future.
11/28/201821 minutes, 32 seconds
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Reaching Rural South Africa through Education

Craig Paxton, executive director of Axium Education, shares the work being done to reach the millions of children living in rural communities throughout South Africa and the importance of providing education for this population.
11/14/201811 minutes, 17 seconds
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The State of Sex Ed in America

Catherine Brown, vice president of education policy at the Center for American Progress, provides insight into sex education standards around the country and the shift to do more.
11/7/201813 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Harvard Trial: Evaluating Fairness in College Admissions

Natasha Warikoo, an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the Harvard trial and whether college admissions can ever truly be fair.
10/31/201812 minutes, 18 seconds
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Finding Faith in Education

Irvin Scott, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, talks about why faith leaders can be key players in educational outcomes for children.
10/24/201817 minutes, 13 seconds
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Lessons Learned from the 2015 Mizzou Protests

Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, gives an insider look at what happened during the 2015 Mizzou protests that led to resignations, decreased enrollment rates, and budget cuts.
10/17/201831 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Transformative Power of Arts Education

Andria Zafirakou, the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, shares how the arts can be a powerful tool of inclusion and resilience for children.
10/10/201817 minutes, 9 seconds
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Who Goes to Private School?

Stanford Professor Sean Reardon talks about the downward trend in private school enrollments, what this tells us about the middle class in America, and why it’s important for everyone to pay attention to who goes to private school.
10/3/201813 minutes, 38 seconds
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Demoralized, Not Drained

Doris Santoro, an associate professor at Bowdoin, explores how many teachers are demoralized not burnt out in the profession. She also discusses how school leaders can stave off this phenomenon and gives sound advice for teachers.
9/26/201828 minutes, 12 seconds
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Friday Night Lights Out: A Call to End Football in Schools

Randall Curren, a professor at the University of Rochester, discusses why it’s ethically indefensible for schools to continue sponsoring tackle football.
9/19/201816 minutes, 39 seconds
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Putting Mister Rogers' Deep and Simple to Practice

Early childhood education expert Junlei Li spoke to the Harvard EdCast recently about the meaning of high quality in early childhood education, how Fred Rogers' legacy influenced his work, and what deep and simple actually looks like in practice.
9/12/201820 minutes, 13 seconds
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Questioning the Truth in History

Activist Minnijean Brown-Trickey discusses the Little Rock Nine and the importance of uncovering and understanding the truth in America.
6/20/201813 minutes, 8 seconds
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Kids Need a Break

Stanford University's Denise Pope, also co-founder of Challenge Success, shares what we need to think about when it comes to choosing summer enrichment programs for our children, and offers some alternatives to children's rigid academic programs in the summer.
6/13/201815 minutes, 58 seconds
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Smartphones, Teens, and Unhappiness

San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge talks about her research that examining teens, smartphones and unhappiness.
5/16/201815 minutes, 37 seconds
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Escuela Nueva

Vicki Colbert, Yidan Prize winner, reflects on her work and research with Escuela Nueva.
5/9/20189 minutes, 36 seconds
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Learning for Careers

Bob Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman, co-founders of the Pathways to Prosperity network and HGSE faculty, discuss what they’ve learned about preparing students for the workplace.
4/25/201821 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Surprising Cost of School Security

UC-Berkeley Professor Calvin Morrill talks about how a high school changed with increased security policies, and shares some perspective on how this might inform the current debate about school security.
4/18/201824 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tackling Issues in Education

CJ Anderson, Super Bowl champion for the Denver Broncos, reflects on his community activism work and shares tips for other non-profit leaders.
4/11/201810 minutes, 49 seconds
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Angel Investments

Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory, examines the intersection of financial literacy, technology, and education.
4/4/201813 minutes, 48 seconds
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Making Smart Choices in Today's Screen-filled World

Children's television producer Angela Santomero shares the inspirations behind her hit shows like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and talks about how parents can use television in smart and healthy ways.
3/28/201813 minutes, 54 seconds
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AI and Education

Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research, reflects on the evolving role of computational literacy and AI in education.
3/21/201821 minutes, 47 seconds
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Mindset and Parenting

Carol Dweck, Stanford professor of psychology, examines mindset, motivation, and parenting tips in the context of recently receiving the Yidan Prize.
3/15/201813 minutes, 29 seconds
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Committing to the #CommonGood

Rick Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, discusses the launch of the Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign.
3/7/20189 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ask More of Him

Jackson Katz, an educator, activist, and creator of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, discusses the significant role men play in preventing gender violence and creating more gender equality in light of movements like Metoo.
2/27/201821 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is "Free College" Really Free?

Is "Free College" Really Free? by Harvard Graduate School of Education
2/22/20188 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dr. Ruth Talks Sex and Ed

Dr. Ruth Talks Sex and Ed by Harvard Graduate School of Education
2/14/201823 minutes, 44 seconds
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Walking the Talk - Episode 2 - John Wilson

John Wilson, former president of Morehouse College and former executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, talks to Domonic Rollins about educating black boys, obstacles on the road to college, and other issues affecting student equity.
2/7/201826 minutes, 58 seconds
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Elmo Goes To Harvard

Elmo (along with executive vice president Sherrie Westin) from Sesame Street visit the Harvard Ed School campus to discuss the global work Sesame Workshop is doing to educate young children displaced by conflict and persecution.
2/7/201814 minutes, 2 seconds
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Childhood adversity's Lasting Effect

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris shares how childhood adversity creates toxic stress that can impact health long term, and particularly how intervention and response through collaborative efforts can significantly alter children's futures.
1/31/201818 minutes, 33 seconds
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Cornel West: Love, Hope, and Education

Cornel West: Love, Hope, and Education by Harvard Graduate School of Education
1/25/201817 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Troublemakers at School

Researcher and Author Carla Shalaby shares what she discovered from following four "troublemakers" as they made their way at school.
1/16/201811 minutes, 55 seconds
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Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Georgetown University Professor William T. Gormley, Jr., discusses the importance of teaching critical thinking skills, especially in these times of “fake news.”
1/10/201814 minutes, 8 seconds
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What “the Talk” Black Parents Have with Their Sons Tells Us About Racism

Columbia University Assistant Professor Raygine DiAquoi shares what she discovered about how black parents talk to their sons today about race and discrimination.
1/3/201814 minutes, 41 seconds
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Lifelong Kindergarten

MIT Professor Mitch Resnick, author of “Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play”, talks about creativity in learning and explains why kindergarten is the greatest invention of the last millennium.
12/14/201719 minutes, 17 seconds
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Urban Preparation

Chezare A. Warren, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, reflects on urban teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching, and critical race theory in education.
12/6/201717 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Culture of Anxiety? The Culture is Us

Psychotherapist Lynn Lyons talks about her work training educators to respond to student anxiety, and provides insight on what schools get right or wrong about anxiety in children.
11/29/201721 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Importance of Refugee Education

John Palmer, Associate Professor and Chair of Educational Studies at Colgate University, reflects on refugee education in the Korean peninsula and beyond.
11/8/201714 minutes, 54 seconds
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Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

Vanessa Grigoriadis, author, explores what’s really happening behind closed doors on America’s college campuses.
11/1/201716 minutes, 28 seconds
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Advocating for Girl Education Around the World

Documentary filmmaker and girls' education advocate Zuriel Oduwole discusses what inspired her to become an advocate for better access to girls' education across the world.
10/26/201711 minutes, 29 seconds
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Understanding the NCAA

Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) reflects on the evolving role of college athletics, amateurism in college sports, and his favorite moment as a fan.
10/18/201715 minutes, 11 seconds
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Faith Ed.

Journalist Linda Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, looks at the challenges faced by public schools when incorporating lessons about world religions into their classrooms.
10/3/201721 minutes, 39 seconds
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An American in China's Schools

Chinese-American journalist Lenora Chu arrived in Shanghai in 2010 with her family enrolling her son in a top-performing school. Chu discusses the culture clash she experienced in her book, “Little Soldiers: An American Boy, Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve," and what America could learn from China.
9/27/201714 minutes, 52 seconds
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You Cannot Be What You Cannot See

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, reflects on her organization's mission and why it is so crucial and important to the world.
9/20/20178 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Intersection of Education and Incarceration

Erin Castro, assistant professor at the University of Utah, reflects on co-publishing in the Harvard Ed Review with an incarcerated student of hers.
8/31/201713 minutes, 52 seconds
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Supporting Transgender Students at School

Jeff Perrotti, founding director of the Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, discusses issues facing transgender students and how schools can provide support.
8/24/201720 minutes, 30 seconds
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Addicted to Reform

John Merrow, former education correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, shares insights from his new book "Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education."
8/16/201721 minutes, 37 seconds
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Separating Good Change from Bad

Helen Janc Malone, Ed.D.’13, and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, discuss trends reshaping the field of education and their new book, Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change.
8/1/201713 minutes, 36 seconds
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Learning for the Test Prep

Mike Palmer and Esther Lee, Ed.M.’14 discuss designing digital learning and their pedagogical approach at Kaplan.
6/28/201716 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Mythbuster

Christopher Cerf, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, reflects on his work and the history of Newark Public Schools.
6/20/201711 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Talk

Rick Weissbourd, HGSE faculty, discusses a new report looking at how young people struggle with romantic relationships and deal with widespread misogyny and harassment.
6/14/201712 minutes, 19 seconds
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Girl Power: Raising Female Activists

Colby College Professor Lyn Mikel Brown talks about how to empower young female activists.
6/7/201719 minutes, 20 seconds
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Green Mountain Education

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of education for the state of Vermont, talks priorities and progress in leading the state's unique education system.
5/31/201713 minutes, 33 seconds
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Teaching Tolerance Today

Maureen Costello, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, reflects on the historical and current importance of providing anti-bias education resources — and how they can better society.
5/15/201715 minutes, 4 seconds
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Schools that Succeed

Author Karin Chenoweth talks about her latest book, "Schools that Succeed," and how educators can break down the link between academic achievement and socioeconomic status.
5/10/201718 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to Create Good Men

Colby College Professor Mark Tappan discusses how to create good men and the problems with toxic masculinity.
5/3/201718 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chang(e) Agent

Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, reflects on his leadership, vision, and why he chose education as a career.
4/26/201711 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Life Animated by Autism

Pulitzer-prize winning writer Ron Suskind discusses being a father to his Autistic son, and how it inspired the book and film, "A Life Animated," and his autism activist work.
4/19/201721 minutes, 49 seconds
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Creator of Sit With Us App Pushes Back at Bullying

Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton shares her experience with bullying and how it prompted her to create the app "Sit With Us."
4/12/201710 minutes, 42 seconds
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Teaching in Complex Times

A moderated conversation with HGSE scholars on how educators can navigate ethical dilemmas in the classroom — and protect students from bullying, confront divisions, and foster inclusion.
3/31/201726 minutes, 42 seconds
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Keeping the DREAM alive for undocumented students in college

University of Central Arkansas Assistant Professor Jesus Cisneros, also cofounder of DREAMZone, discusses the unique challenges facing undocumented students and higher education, and how to keep the dream alive.
3/29/201714 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Champion for Public Education

Former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton discusses how to be a champion for public education, women as leaders, and her new role as an education board member.
3/21/201711 minutes, 33 seconds
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Walking Around the World

Pulitzer-Prize winning Journalist Paul Salopek discusses the Out of Eden Walk -- a 21,000-mile journey where he retraces the migratory pathways of our human ancestors.
3/13/201714 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Tweet that Pays for School Lunch

Ashley Ford, writer and blogger, discusses how her Tweet about paying off school lunch debt inspired people to raise $150,000.
3/1/201715 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson, activist and minister, reflects on the current political climate and shares his thoughts on the role of education as a means of fighting inequality.
2/22/20178 minutes, 5 seconds
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Supporting the New Majority Student

Sr. Kathleen Ross, president emerita at Heritage University, identifies effective strategies that faculty have used to help New Majority students build the necessary skills to succeed in college.
2/15/201713 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Sandy Hook Promise

Nicole Hockley, founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, shares thoughts on how to prevent gun-related deaths so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.
2/7/201713 minutes, 36 seconds
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From China to Harvard

Dejian Liu, founder of NetDragon Websoft Holding, discusses the intersection of tech and education -- and how that brought him to Harvard.
1/26/201711 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Mythology of the Millennial

Sam Wineburg, Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, examines how youth determine whether information is real or fake on the Internet — and what can be done to help them make those decisions.
1/11/201716 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hiring a Diverse Faculty

Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, reflects on the challenges in hiring a diverse faculty at the college and university level.
1/4/201714 minutes, 4 seconds
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Changemaking

Ross Hall, Director for Education, Ashoka Europe, discusses his unique work on improving the world.
12/7/201612 minutes, 37 seconds
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Guiding Children in Uncertain Times

Guiding Children in Uncertain Times by Harvard Graduate School of Education
12/2/201617 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Diversity Bargain

Natasha K. Warikoo, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on the notions of race, merit, and privilege in elite universities.
11/30/201611 minutes, 24 seconds
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Uncommon App

Christopher Gray, founder and CEO of Scholly, explains the mission and impact of his college scholarhsip app.
11/16/201610 minutes, 8 seconds
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Educating Military Children

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, discusses the educational experiences of the over 2 million military- and veteran-connected students in our K-12 classrooms.
11/9/201611 minutes, 17 seconds
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Immigration Reform and Education

Angela Maria Kelley, executive director, Center for American Progress Action Fund, reflects on the first 15 years of the DREAM Act, legislation to provide undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children a path toward legal status through education or the military.
11/1/201612 minutes, 20 seconds
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One In A Billion

Mable Chan, president and founder of China Personified, discusses “One In A Billion” a podcast about China, through the voices of Chinese millennials in America.
10/26/201610 minutes, 43 seconds
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I Wish My Teacher Knew

Kyle Schwartz, third-grade teacher and author, explains how one question can change everything for our kids.
10/19/201611 minutes, 27 seconds
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Why You Should Dance in the Rain

Jerome T. Murphy, scholar and former dean of HGSE, shares his perspective on helping education leaders thrive under pressure by developing the inner strengths of mindfulness and self-compassion, expressing emotions wisely, and maintaining a clear focus on the values that matter most.
10/12/20167 minutes, 25 seconds
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Global Teacher of the Year

Hanan Al Hroub, winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, speaks about her experiences as a Palestinian educator and her unique approach to instruction.
10/5/20169 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Case For Homework

Harris M. Cooper, professor at Duke University, explains the reasons why all children should be doing homework.
9/28/201613 minutes, 17 seconds
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Online Reading In Schools

Donald Leu, professor of education at the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education, explores how today’s educator must envision new ways of reading online.
9/13/201610 minutes, 6 seconds
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What Is Equity in Education?

Robert Smith, co-author of the book "Striving for Equity" examines making progress toward narrowing opportunity and achievement gaps in traditional school districts with diverse populations and multiple, competing agendas.
9/7/201614 minutes, 21 seconds
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What Happens After Yes

Peggy Orenstein, author of the book "Girls and Sex" examines how teens can better navigate from shame and regret to integrity and wellness when it comes to sex.
8/25/201614 minutes, 17 seconds
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Higher Education in China

Judy Lam, Chancellor and Board Director at Wuhan College, reflects on the state of public and private higher education in China.
8/11/201620 minutes, 7 seconds
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Portrait of an Educator

Sonia Nieto, educator and author of the book "Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education," looks back on her formative experiences as a student, activist, and educator, and shows how they reflect and illuminate the themes of her life’s work in multicultural education.
8/3/201613 minutes, 13 seconds
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The World Course

Fernando Reimers, professor at HGSE, shares a curriculum that is designed to empower global citizens around the world.
7/27/201621 minutes, 56 seconds
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Leading Disruptive Change in Education

Rick Hess, co-editor of the book 'Educational Entrepreneurship Today,' reflects on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in education.
7/20/201612 minutes, 7 seconds
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Debugging the Gender Gap

Robin Hauser Reynolds, director of the film "Code: Debugging the Gender Gap" discusses both the message and movement associated with having more women and minorities code.
7/6/201614 minutes, 33 seconds
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Winning Marriage Equality

Julie Goodridge, lead plaintiff in the landmark Massachusetts case Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, reflects on her life's journey and discussed her time at HGSE.
6/29/201613 minutes, 1 second
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Understanding Educational Ethics

Meira Levinson, co-editor of the book, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics, shares challenging questions of ethics, justice, and equity that educators and policy makers confront on a regular basis.
6/15/201610 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Role of Family In A Child's Success

John R. Connolly, Co-Founder and Executive Director at 1647, reflects on how to design and implement family engagement strategies that support student learning and success in school.
6/8/201611 minutes, 47 seconds
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How To Give Good Feedback

Ellie Drago-Severson, professor at Teachers College, reflects on the value of constructive feedback, examining her new co-authored book, "Tell Me So I Can Hear You."
6/1/201618 minutes, 19 seconds
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Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough, NYTimes best selling author, examines how to make kids more motivated, engaged, and productive in the classroom.
5/19/201615 minutes, 51 seconds
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Facebook Education

Adam Seldow, Head of Education Partnerships at Facebook, reflects on the landscape of personalized learning and discusses why Facebook is partnering with Summit Public Schools.
5/11/201613 minutes, 17 seconds
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Books, Movies, and Civic Engagement

Harvard professors Bob Selman and Joe Blatt reflect on 21st century learning through transmedia storytelling.
5/4/201620 minutes, 50 seconds
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How To Become a School Principal

Sarah Fiarman, Lecturer at HGSE, discusses her new book "Becoming a School Principal: Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn."
4/27/201616 minutes, 9 seconds
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Educating Girls Globally

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, reflects on the global constraints that girls and women face to receiving an education and what UNESCO is doing to help.
4/20/20169 minutes, 8 seconds
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Finding Passion in Learning

Steve Seidel, member of the HGSE faculty, discusses passion driven learning with Cristina Pato, member of the Silk Road Ensemble.
4/13/201619 minutes, 21 seconds
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A New Way of Being at Work

Lisa Lahey, HGSE faculty and author of the book "An Everyone Culture" discusses a radical new model for unleashing your company’s (or schools’s) potential.
4/6/201619 minutes, 52 seconds
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World Religions for the World Wide Web

Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University, examines both the mechanics and importance of teaching religion to a global community.
3/23/201611 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Common(wealth) Core

Lindsay Sobel, Massachusetts Senior Executive Director of Teach Plus, reflects on the pulse of the common core state standards in MA schools.
3/16/20166 minutes, 43 seconds
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The New American Mosaic

Alejandra Y. Castillo, national director of the Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce, examines whether or not the United States will continue to be globally competitive in an ever-changing economic and technological landscape.
3/10/20169 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Professional Kindergartener

Sandra Boynton, children's book author and illustrator, reflects on her eclectic career in the arts and examines the role of joy in her work.
2/29/201612 minutes, 29 seconds
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The History of History

Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, reflects on the stability and change of teaching history in American schools.
2/24/20168 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Global Search for Inclusive Practices

Rodrigo Mendes, founder of an institute dedicated to inclusive education, reflects on his global quest for improving social change amongst people with disabilities.
2/17/201610 minutes, 9 seconds
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Cynics With Good Reason

Robert Putnam, Harvard Kennedy School professor and author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” reflects on what educators can do to help restore some measure of social mobility in our society.
2/9/201613 minutes, 11 seconds
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Can States Take Over & Turn Around School Districts?

David Deming, associate professor at HGSE, and Beth Schueler, doctoral student at HGSE, reflect on lessons learned from the state's successful school takeover in Lawrence, MA.
1/27/201610 minutes, 33 seconds
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Next Level Entrepreneurship

Monica Higgins, professor at HGSE, shares news of an upcoming opportunity that aims to provide strategies that enhance and expand what works in education.
1/21/20168 minutes, 28 seconds
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Notes from Ferguson's Superintendent

Joseph Davis, superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, examines the foundational role of schools in a community under the national spotlight.
1/14/201611 minutes, 28 seconds
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Leadership Lessons from the University of Virginia President

Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, reflects on leadership, her role models, and tips for developing a strong culture in higher education.
1/6/201611 minutes, 26 seconds
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Community EdReform

Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools, reflects on the complexity of education reform and examines successes and challenges during her time as chancellor.
12/16/201512 minutes, 2 seconds
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What's Replacing 'No Child Left Behind?'

Marty West, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the big changes in federal legislation replacing "No Child Left Behind."
12/4/201512 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Evolution of Disabilities Education

Tom Hehir, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on the state of disabilities education as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
11/30/201511 minutes, 46 seconds
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#LongLiveTheQueen

Landon Patterson, the first transgender Homecoming Queen at her school in Missouri, reflects on her story of courage and love.
11/17/20156 minutes, 18 seconds
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Rac(e)ing to Class

H. Richard Milner IV, author and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School for Education, examines ways in which we can confront poverty and race in schools and classrooms.
11/12/20159 minutes
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Examining Blended Learning

Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, examines the value of blended learning in the schoolwide ecosystem.
11/4/20159 minutes, 18 seconds
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When Does Accountability Work?

David Deming, associate professor at HGSE, examines test based accountability as it relates to college graduation rates and future earnings.
10/27/201511 minutes, 42 seconds
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How We're Failing Our Brightest Kids

Chester Finn, author of the book "Failing Our Brightest Kids” discusses the global challenge of educating high-ability students.
10/21/20159 minutes, 59 seconds
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Inside the Mind of a Teacher

Vanessa Rodriguez, advanced doctoral student and author of the book, "The Teaching Brain,” examines the intersection of education, neuroscience, and everyday experience
10/13/201511 minutes, 4 seconds
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Reading and the Common Core

P. David Pearson, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California - Berkeley, examines the theory and practice in reading comprehension.
9/30/20156 minutes, 4 seconds
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Overcoming the Stresses of Education Leadership

Rick Hanson, author and psychologist, reflects on how educators can build inner strengths and be more mindful leaders.
9/29/201512 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Fallout of Education Reform in Newark

Dale Russakoff, author of "The Prize," examines the troubled education reform story of Newark and reflects on what can be learned from its failure to provide system wide reform.
9/21/201514 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Future Of Learning Spaces

Stephen Ervin and Kristin Sullivan, Learning Spaces Week Co-Chairs, reflect on the future of learning spaces in education.
9/16/201515 minutes, 12 seconds
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Colleges and Businesses

Peter Stokes, author of the book "Higher Education and Employability" examines new models for integrating study and work in the context of 21st century learning.
9/9/20157 minutes, 18 seconds
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Defining American in the Classroom

Karen Willemsen, education director for Define American, reflects on how educators can help undocumented high school students graduate informed, empowered, and thinking about furthering their education.
9/2/201515 minutes, 33 seconds
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Student-Centered Learning

Bill Nave, author and research consultant, explains how and why teaching can be redesigned for classrooms in order to “reach every child.”
8/26/201513 minutes, 45 seconds
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From HGSE to the White House

Roberto Rodriguez, deputy assistant to President Obama for education, examines the intersection of public policy and education, and reflects on a career that brought him from HGSE to the White House.
8/19/201512 minutes, 42 seconds
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Learning to Love or Hate

Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, reflects on inclusion and exclusion through the lens of religious differences.
8/5/20158 minutes, 32 seconds
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Learning Without Liberty?

Cevin Soling, author of "The Student Resistance Handbook," shares his controversial opinions on the role of schools in the education of American youth.
8/4/201526 minutes, 3 seconds
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States and Schools

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), reflects on the challenges facing states in the increasingly politicized field of education.
7/21/20157 minutes, 1 second
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Healthy Identity Development

Jennifer Bryan, psychologist and author, discusses gender and heteronormativity with HGSE's Rick Weissbourd.
7/8/201520 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is Public Education Dead?

David Kirp, author and professor, argues that there is a way to rebuild the public education system and close the achievement gap for all students.
6/23/201510 minutes, 24 seconds
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Summer Code

Karen Brennan, assistant professor at HGSE, shares tips for engaging students in summer coding.
6/15/20158 minutes, 34 seconds
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A First Choice Profession

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), shares her thoughts on how to improve the teaching profession and why we need more excellent teachers in this country.
6/10/20157 minutes, 58 seconds
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Roots of the School Gardening Movement

Jane Hirschi, author of the book 'Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools,' reflects on garden-based learning in public K–8 education.
5/19/201512 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Power of Listening

Rick Weissbourd and Eve Ewing, researchers at HGSE, examine how to speak with youth about turmoil, strife, and community challenges--with a particular focus on what has been happening recently in Baltimore.
5/13/201514 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why I Love Baltimore

Andres Alonso, HGSE professor and former CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, reflects on the recent protests in Baltimore and examines their impact on schools and children in a broader national context.
5/4/201519 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Wisdom of Data

Kathy Boudett, director of the Data Wise Project, shares details of her new edX course called "Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching."
4/29/20156 minutes, 28 seconds
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Write the World

David Weinstein, founder and CEO of Write the World, shares his vision for helping students develop the writing strategies and communication tools essential for success in school, career, and life.
4/22/201511 minutes, 2 seconds
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Latin America Learns: Building Participation & Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Alicia Lebrija, president of Fundación Televisa, reflects on why she is passionate about education and shares her hopes for the upcoming Latin America Education Conference at HGSE.
4/15/20158 minutes, 6 seconds
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Examining the Atlanta Teachers Cheating Scandal

Daniel Koretz, professor of education at HGSE, reflects on the Atlanta cheating scandal and its impact on policy.
4/14/20157 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Brief History of Standarized Testing

Anya Kamenetz, NPR's lead education blogger, sits down to discuss high-stakes testing in American schools and the effects they are having on children, teachers, and society.
4/8/201512 minutes, 12 seconds
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Part 1 March 23 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About The Practicum.WMA

Part 1 March 23 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About The Practicum.WMA by Harvard Graduate School of Education
4/3/20156 minutes, 58 seconds
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Part 2 March 23 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About The Practicum.WMA

Part 2 March 23 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About The Practicum.WMA by Harvard Graduate School of Education
4/3/201542 minutes, 53 seconds
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March 25 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About Race And Equity.WMA

March 25 2015 Admitted Student Conf Call About Race And Equity.WMA by Harvard Graduate School of Education
4/3/201545 minutes, 22 seconds
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Navigating Disability

Anne Marcus, cofounder of Excptional Lives, and Chris Spence, educational developer, reflect on ways of improving disability awareness on 2015 World Autism Awareness Day.
4/1/201513 minutes, 25 seconds
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Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools

Jack Jennings, founder and former CEO of the Center on Education Policy, reflects on the history of the federal government's involvement with education reform.
3/24/201512 minutes, 7 seconds
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Schools Of New York

Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, shares her vision and goals for leading the nation’s largest school district.
3/9/201516 minutes, 1 second
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How Do You Define American?

Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, shares his story of what it means to be American.
3/4/20157 minutes, 42 seconds
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From Newark to the Ivy League

Jeff Hobbs, author of 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace' reflects on the lessons from his new book.
2/25/20157 minutes, 52 seconds
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Astronaut School

Stephanie Wilson, NASA astronaut, speaks with 9-year old guest co-host Grace Laplante about the importance of female role models in STEM careers, her adventures in space, and shares lesser known facts about astronaut ice cream.
2/20/201511 minutes, 1 second
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Reimagining Affirmative Action

Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University explains how the social costs of racial preferences actually outweigh any of the marginal benefits when effective race-neutral alternatives are available.
2/18/201512 minutes, 57 seconds
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Education and Corruption

Stephen Heyneman, professor at Vanderbilt University reflects on the role of corruption in educational settings around the world.
2/11/201511 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Global Classroom

Fernando Reimers, professor at HGSE, reflects on the increasingly important role global education plays in schools around the world.
1/29/201510 minutes, 30 seconds
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Into the (Piney) Woods

Will Crossley, president of the Piney Woods School, reflects on education leadership, being the first alumnus to lead the school in its 105-year history, and whether he enjoys eating chicken nuggets with students.
1/22/201513 minutes, 59 seconds
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Andres Alonso Discusses the Leadership Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders

Andres Alonso discusses the upcoming institute 'Leadership Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders.'
1/20/20152 minutes, 12 seconds
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How To Be Super

Andres Alonso, former CEO of Baltimore Public Schools and current HGSE professor, provides an insightful perspective on the complex role of the school superintendent.
1/16/201520 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Power of Convening

Jacqueline Jones, president of the Foundation for Child Development, reflects on the dialogue and unique collaborations between researchers and practioners in the field of early childhood education.
1/13/20156 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tips For Turnaround

Jeff Riley, superintendent/receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, shares his playbook for leading a successful school district turnaround.
1/5/201510 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pursuing Brilliance Across the Pond

Simon Coyle, founder of The Brilliant Club, shares his international plan to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools.
12/17/201413 minutes, 33 seconds
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Streamlining Early Learning

Bobbie Burnham, early childhood educator, shares successes and strategies from her time working in the Minnesota Dept. of Education.
12/15/201410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Becoming a Soul Rebel

Shawn Ginwright, author and activist, responds to the crisis of hopelessness among youth of color in urban America.
12/2/20148 minutes, 8 seconds
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F = Ma(ster Class)

Eric Mazur, professor of physics at Harvard, discusses his upcoming Master Class titled 'Confessions of a Converted Lecturer.'
11/12/20144 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Stereotypes Affect Us

Claude Steele, author of the book 'Whistling Vivaldi,' explains his research on stereotype threat and provides solutions for mitigating its negative effects.
11/6/201413 minutes, 50 seconds
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Social Justice Art

Marit Dewhurst, director of art education at The City College of New York, explains the power of using art as a way to engage students in addressing issues of social injustice.
11/5/201413 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Importance of Years 0-5

Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, members of the faculty at HGSE, examine the latest thinking, research, and practice in building and sustaining high quality Pre-K systems, schools and classrooms.
10/29/201410 minutes, 54 seconds
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Potato Chips or Research Spending? Examining Human Infrastructure in Higher Education

Mark Yudof, former president of the University of California, reflects on the changing nature of higher education in America and looks to the future of the post-secondary education experience.
10/28/201413 minutes, 10 seconds
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Education and Ferguson, MO

Richard Rothestein, visiting scholar in education at HGSE, shares insights into how education has been affected by racial-isolation policies that primed Ferguson for this summer’s events.
10/27/201414 minutes, 15 seconds
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Examining the 'M' in MOOC

Justin Reich, adjunct lecturer on education at HGSE, reflects on the design process of his new course, 'Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale.'
10/22/201410 minutes, 31 seconds
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Inner Strength Leadership Training

Jerry Murphy and Metta McGarvey, faculty for the upcoming PPE institute, 'Inner Strengths of Successful Leaders,' share insight into the growing practice of mindful leadership.
10/15/201417 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Caring is Your School?

Rick Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project, outlines a new way for schools to examine their culture and environment through the power of big data.
10/8/20145 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Finnish Education Ambassador

Pasi Sahlberg, author of the book 'Finnish Lessons' reflects on what the world can learn from educational change in Finland. #ICYMI
9/23/201414 minutes, 56 seconds
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Are We Privatizing Public Universities?

Matthew Lambert, author of the book 'Privatization and the Public Good' reflects on the momentous challenges plaguing present day public universities.
9/10/201413 minutes, 9 seconds
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Planting the Seeds of STEM Careers

Catherine Riegle-Crumb, associate professor at UT Austin, shares insight into the gender divide in schools and how this relates to gender disparities in STEM careers.
8/27/201414 minutes, 54 seconds
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Admissions Merit in the U.S. and Abroad

Natasha Warikoo, associate professor at HGSE, analyzes how students in elite institutions understand merit in admissions, looking at schools both in England and the United States.
8/26/201411 minutes, 49 seconds
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Want To Run a Better Meeting?

Kathy Boudett and Liz City, co-authors of the book 'Meeting Wise,' reflect on how meeting planning can become a key strategy in the service of school improvement.
8/20/201411 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Future of Independent Schools

John Chubb, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), reflects on the future of independent schools and examines how school administrators can lead in a changing context.
8/12/201410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Protecting Your Child's Brain

Professor Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, explains some of the science behind early childhood development and how education can help.
8/7/201416 minutes, 7 seconds
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On Being a First: The College Presidency

New college presidents reflect on being a first. Order of speaking: Alicia Harvey Smith, River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH Elizabeth Davis, President of Furman University in South Carolina,   Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA   Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
8/5/20142 minutes, 55 seconds
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Four Female College Presidents Reflect

Participants in the "Harvard Seminar for New Presidents" reflect on the program and being part of a diverse cohort. Order of talking: Elizabeth Davis, President of Furman University in South Carolina, Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College, Hartford, CT Alicia Harvey Smith, River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
8/5/20142 minutes, 55 seconds
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A Conversation w/Ted Mitchell: Improving College Counseling

Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, reflects on the great importance of equity in education and the national movement to expand college readiness, college access, and college completion.
8/5/20147 minutes, 23 seconds
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A Conversation w/Eric Waldo: Reaching Higher

Eric Waldo, executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, reflects on the origins and goals of the HGSE/White House co-sponsored event, "College Opportunity Agenda: Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising."
8/5/201414 minutes, 56 seconds
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East Meets West In the Classroom

Jin Li, professor of education at Brown University, examines the differences between western and eastern learners.
7/9/201412 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Children We Mean To Raise

Rick Weissbourd, senior lecturer at HGSE, shares findings from his new 'Making Caring Common' project report examining the real messages adults are sending about values.
6/25/20146 minutes, 50 seconds
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To Disagree, But Not Be Disagreeable

Mike Johnston, Colorado state senator, reflects on his commencement speech (and protests), his vision for American education, and best practices for thoughtfully communicating in broader education discourse.
6/17/20147 minutes, 57 seconds
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Closing the Achievement Gap

Ronald Ferguson, faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative, discusses his upcoming PPE Institute 'Closing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Excellence with Equity.'
6/10/20149 minutes, 15 seconds
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Making Global Local

Jeff Shea, Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, reflects on his craft and examines his focus on global education in the classroom.
5/20/201410 minutes, 20 seconds
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What Excellent Community Colleges Do

Josh Wyner, author of 'What Excellent Community Colleges Do' examines the characteristics of high performing community colleges and how they prepare all students for success.
5/14/201410 minutes, 31 seconds
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Revisiting "Repairing the Breach" : The Way Forward for African-American Males

Dr. Bobby William Austin, the developer of the initiative and editor of the report reflects on the 2014 RTB Conference.
5/6/20149 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Internet-Based Public High School

Julie Young, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, examines the history and growth of the first statewide Internet-based public high school in the United States
5/6/201413 minutes, 41 seconds
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M. Night Shyamalan's School Sense

M. Night Shyamalan, filmmaker and author of “I Got Schooled,” shares his unique journey as a curious, education reform outsider looking for data informed answers on how to close America's education gap.
4/28/201420 minutes, 30 seconds
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Stuck In Place: Racial Inequality in America

Patrick Sharkey, associate professor at New York University, discusses urban neighborhoods and the persistence of racial inequality --analyzed through the lens of his new book "Stuck in Place" and the upcoming Askwith Forum.
4/28/20148 minutes, 8 seconds
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President McCartney's Big Year

Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on an exciting year involving a new job, book, and Twitter account.
4/18/201410 minutes, 16 seconds
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Wendy Kopp: A Candid Conversation

Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach for All, candidly reflects on her experiences leading Teach for All and Teach for America, with thoughts on the future of both organizations.
4/15/201418 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Next 40 Years of Child and Family Policy

Hiro Yoshikawa, professor of globalization and education at NYU, discusses his new co-edited book, 'Improving the Odds For America's Children' and its tie in with an upcoming Askwith Forum celebrating 40 Years of the Children's Defense Fund.
4/9/20148 minutes, 47 seconds
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10 Minutes with Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, world famous animal scientist and autism activist, sheds insight into the way she thinks, reflects on the state of autism awareness, and even reveals her favorite Claire Danes movie.
3/31/201410 minutes, 5 seconds
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Schools in a Broken State

Sarah Dryden-Peterson, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on how education systems fare during periods of great turmoil and strife within a country.
3/25/201417 minutes, 50 seconds
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Examining the Common Core

John King Jr., commissioner of education of the State of New York, shares his perspective on the common core --its perils, pitfalls, and opportunities.
3/12/20148 minutes, 43 seconds
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Unlocking the Immunity to Change

Robert Kegan, professor at HGSE, discusses the mechanics, challenges, and excitement in teaching his new HarvardX course called, "Unlocking the Immunity to Change."
3/10/201414 minutes, 30 seconds
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Restoring Opportunity in Education

Greg Duncan, co-author of the HEPG book "Restoring Opportunity" discusses the crisis of inequality and the challenge for American education in a historical and practical context.
3/5/20149 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, re-examines the expression of Martin Luther King's "dream" for America, while redefining the dreams we have for ourselves, our communities, and our world.
2/26/20148 minutes, 36 seconds
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Incubating #Edtech

Eileen Rudden, co-founder of LearnLaunch, reflects on the state of entrepreneurship and ed tech - with anticipation for LearnLaunch's annual conference in Boston on February 28th.
2/19/201412 minutes, 35 seconds
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Can Love be Taught?

Richard Weissbourd, lecturer on education at HGSE, discusses whether love can be effectively taught in schools, reflects on the state of sex-ed, and examines where love is best modeled in the media.
2/11/201412 minutes
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Mayor Menino's Education Legacy

Thomas Menino, former mayor of Boston, reflects with HGSE's Rick Weissbourd on his leadership role in helping reshape Boston schools and shepherding education policy over the past two decades.
1/29/201414 minutes, 32 seconds
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HarvardX: A Year Later

Justin Reich, HarvardX research fellow, examines the effectiveness of edX's open online courses through quantitative and qualitative research.
1/16/201411 minutes, 48 seconds
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LGBT Activism Abroad

Pedro Robledo, one of the leaders of the LGBT movement in Argentina, shares his deeply personal story of equal rights, education activism, and role in the adoption of quality bullying legislation in his country.
1/8/201415 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Reading Revolution

Jessica Marshall, chief strategy officer at LightSail Ed, explains how an adaptive, tablet-based literacy platform is revolutionizing how students are gaining 21st century skills.
1/8/201412 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Tutors

Michael Lombardo, CEO of Reading Partners, shares his organization's 'secret sauce' for closing the reading achievement gap.
12/17/201312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Making the Rounds

Lee Teitel, author of the book "School-Based Instructional Rounds" shares his evolving research on one of the most innovative and powerful approaches to improving teaching and learning.
12/9/201311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Learning Outside the Box

Gerald A. Lieberman, author of "Education and the Environment" provides an innovative guide to creating a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons with community investigations and service learning projects.
12/4/201312 minutes, 53 seconds
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edX Marks the Spot

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, discusses common misconceptions with online learning, new models for leadership, and how social media will play a critical role in the future of digital learning communities.
11/20/201316 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Ed Reform Menu

Helen Janc Malone, editor of the book, "Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform" discusses the collaborative process of editing a book with diverse authors and opinions about education reform.
11/13/201311 minutes, 25 seconds
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What's Happening With Vegas

Emiliana Vegas, chief of the education division at the Inter-American Development Bank examines the transformative relationship between banking and education in developing countries, while reflecting on her time at HGSE as a student.
11/5/201312 minutes
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Stretching the Higher Education Dollar

Andrew Kelly, co-editor of the book, "Stretching the Higher Education Dollar" shares insights into the future of higher education and explains how true reform can take place.
10/16/201311 minutes, 35 seconds
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Understanding a Bully

Elizabeth Englander, author of the book "Bullying and Cyberbullying" discusses what every educator needs to know about this subject.
10/16/201312 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Learning Can Click

Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, discusses the future of blended learning as it relates to improving schools and districts across the country.
9/25/201313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Lessons from "The Watsons Go To Birmingham"

Randy Testa, vice president for education at Walden Media discusses the educational and historical power of Walden Media's new film, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham."
9/18/201311 minutes, 17 seconds
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Immigration Policy's Impact on Education

Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor at HGSE discusses his research on the impact of immigration policy as it relates to educational success in our country.
9/11/201312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Preventing 'Summer Melt'

Lindsay Page and Ben Castleman, education researchers, discuss the effects of "summer melt" and share resources on what they're doing to help prevent it.
9/3/201313 minutes, 9 seconds
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A Conversation with Dean James Ryan

James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education reflects on his vision for HGSE, the role of education schools, and whether he roots for the Red Sox or Yankees.
8/23/201313 minutes, 31 seconds
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Education As a Matter of Survival

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, shares his thoughts on the importance of strengthening education in an increasingly crowded, globalized world.
8/14/201310 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Maine Man on Campus

Richard Hopper, president of Kennebec Valley Community College, reflects on his time at the "Harvard Seminar for New Presidents" and names his 'bucket list' commencement speaker.
7/29/201315 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Legacy of Mr. James Meredith

James Meredith, civil rights activist and author, reflects on his life's work, legacy, and solutions for improving Mississippi schools.
6/14/201318 minutes, 11 seconds
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20 Minutes with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, linguist and philosopher, discusses Paulo Freire's writings, the future of online learning, and the things in the world he doesn't know.
6/14/201322 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Future of Early Childhood Education

Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, provides insight into the future of early childhood education in America and what he hopes it will look like.
6/5/201311 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Allure of Order

Jal Mehta, associate professor at HGSE, reflects on our country's troubled quest to remake schooling.
5/21/201312 minutes, 34 seconds
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A Real Wise Guy

Karl Pillemer, author of the book, "30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans" reflects on what he's learned from discussions with older Americans.
5/15/201316 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Can Schools Best Support Immigrant Students?

Michael Sadowski, author of the book, 'Portraits of Promise" shares the perspective and voices of successful immigrant students from across the country.
5/8/201315 minutes, 31 seconds
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Howard Gardner's Greatest Hits

Howard Gardner, professor at the Harvard Ed School, reflects on his academic "greatest hits" and shares insight on where he does his best thinking.
4/29/201317 minutes, 24 seconds
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The San Diego Superintendent Story

Richard Lee Colvin, author of the book 'Tilting at Windmills' shares his thoughts on school reform, San Diego, and America’s race to renew public education.
4/24/201314 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to Discuss Tragedy with Children

Rick Weissbourd and Betsy Groves, HGSE faculty and experts in the field of children psychology, outline tips for how both parents and teachers can properly discuss with their kids the meaning and impact of the recent tragedy in Boston.
4/16/20139 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sticks and Stones

Emily Bazelon, author of the book "Sticks and Stones" shares insight into writing about bullying while reflecting on her own experience with it.
4/5/20138 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Education Storyteller

John Merrow, education correspondent for PBS NewsHour, reflects on why this is both the best of times and the worst of times in education journalism.
4/3/201311 minutes, 21 seconds
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Getting the Big Picture

Elliot Washor, cofounder of Big Picture Learning, and collaborator Charlie Mojkowski discuss their new book, "Leaving to Learn: Designing a Student Experience that Reduces Dropouts and Produces Deep Engagement in Learning."
3/27/201312 minutes, 50 seconds
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The End of Exceptionalism in American Education

Jeffrey R. Henig, professor of political science and education at Columbia University, reflects on the erosion of the “special status” of education decision-making over the past 50 years.
3/19/201313 minutes, 39 seconds
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Adaptive Ed Tech

Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO of Dreambox Learning, shares insights into the future of adaptive learning and data in education technology.
3/13/201315 minutes, 44 seconds
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Girl Rising: A Conversation with Director Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins, director of the documentary "Girl Rising" reflects on how his film is hoping to create greater awareness around girls education across the world and launch a movement.
3/1/201315 minutes, 54 seconds
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Generation Ed

Catharine Bellinger and Alexis Morin, co-founders of 'Students for Eduction Reform" (SFER) share their story of education entrepreneurship while students at Princeton.
2/13/201314 minutes, 44 seconds
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Mrs. Edelman Makes Some Noise

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, reflects on the Newtown shooting, school violence, gun control--and how above all, we must continue to protect the world's children.
2/13/201312 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Presidential Advisor

Jon Schnur, cofounder of 'America Achieves' and 'New Leaders for New Schools' reflects on his own education story while sharing personal insights into President Obama's education policies over time.
2/6/201315 minutes, 20 seconds
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Straight Talking Education

Rick Hess, education writer and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, reflects on his personal story of learning and his role in the education reform movement.
1/30/201314 minutes, 12 seconds
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Teaching AIDS

Three UNESCO HIV education specialists discuss the role of teachers and schools in educating students around HIV/AIDS awareness and the importance of World AIDS Day.
1/25/201318 minutes, 29 seconds
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Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz, director of the film "Won't Back Down" reflects on why writing/directing a movie about education was just a perfect fit.
1/25/201311 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Jazz in Teaching

Wynton Marsalis, musician and educator, opens up on how the spirit of music informs his unprecedented series of ongoing Harvard lectures.
1/25/201311 minutes, 9 seconds
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The World Bank Education Strategy

World Bank Lead Economist Halsey Rogers discusses the World Bank Education Strategy 2020 and how we can make the next decade one in which all children and youth, everywhere, are in school and learning.
1/25/201322 minutes, 23 seconds
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Solutions to a Segregated School System

Charles Willie, professor emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on the challenges of desegregating schools in Boston in the 1970's.
1/25/201315 minutes, 38 seconds
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20 Years of TFA

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach For America reflects on 20 years of leading this national teaching corps and talks about how it has changed American (and global) education.
1/25/201312 minutes, 20 seconds
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Understanding Baggy Pants

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Assistant Professor Natasha Warikoo, Ed.M.'97, discusses her new book Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City.
1/25/201313 minutes, 16 seconds
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Beyond 'Waiting for Superman'

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, director of Waiting for "Superman", discusses his film and its impact on education reform.
1/25/201312 minutes, 47 seconds
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The War on Kids

Cevin Soling, director of the education documentary "The War on Kids" discusses his controversial views on the American school system.
1/25/201316 minutes, 23 seconds
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I Play a Teacher on TV

Jim True-Frost, cast member of the HBO series "The Wire" discusses portraying Baltimore public school teacher Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski and the impact his character has on education in media.
1/25/201318 minutes, 40 seconds
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Celebrating World Teachers' Day

Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO discusses how WTD is experienced around the world.
1/25/201313 minutes, 42 seconds
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A Steward of the Profession

Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association discusses the perception of unions, his personal legacy, and how to make the teaching profession more of a dream job for young Americans.
1/25/201310 minutes, 24 seconds
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Who's the Boss of Education?

Tony Danza, actor and author of "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had" shares experiences from his year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High.
1/25/201310 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Smarter Charter Starter

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools discusses progress of the charter school movement and why politics is so integral in education reform.
1/25/201312 minutes, 49 seconds
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Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, shares new research on the lingering effects of toxic stress during early childhood.
1/25/201314 minutes, 28 seconds
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Designing a Digital Curriculum

Susan Sclafani, vice president of programs for the Pearson Foundation shares insight into the new digital curriculum being developed to adopt the common core standards.
1/25/201313 minutes, 2 seconds
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History Hip Hop

Educational rappers Scott Free and Shoeless Jeff discuss how they are using hip hop and 'smart songs' to effectively teach social studies both inside and outside the classroom.
1/25/201316 minutes, 28 seconds
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College for All? Maybe Not

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Bill Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, discusses the project, its implications, and how the country has reacted.
1/25/201322 minutes, 31 seconds
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Taye Diggs This Children's Book (and so do we)

Taye Diggs, author and actor, along with Shane Evans, illustrator, discuss their new book "Chocolate Me!" on the Harvard EdCast.
1/25/201315 minutes, 11 seconds
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Knight of Reform

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Sir Michael Barber, head of McKinsey's Global Education Practice discusses a new international report, hope for U.S. public schools, and what is means to be a reformer.
1/25/201316 minutes, 42 seconds
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Holding Reformers Accountable

Whitney Tilson, investor and champion of education initiatives, from KIPP to TFA, discusses genuine school reform and reflects on why he spends his free time committed to this fight.
1/25/201318 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Urban Education Toolkit

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University shares his insights on improving urban schools in America. Direct download: simmons.mp3
1/25/201322 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Schools Teach Character

Scott Seider, author of the book "Character Compass," shares his research on how powerful school culture can point students toward success.
1/25/201320 minutes, 14 seconds
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Are You a Global Citizen?

In this podcast, Professor Fernando Reimers, director of the Ed School's International Education Policy Program, discussed the importance of global citizenship.
1/25/201321 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Man of Principals

Roland Barth, founder of The Principals' Center at HGSE reflects on the unique and evolving position of school leader.
1/25/201310 minutes, 11 seconds
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Seeking Peace

Janet Connors, social justice activist in Dorchester, MA reflects on the unique philosophy of restorative justice and examines how it can bring peace into difficult situations.
1/25/20139 minutes, 18 seconds
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Educations Nations

Carnell Chosa and Regis Pecos, cofounders and codirectors of the Leadership Institute and Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School share a brief history of educational sovereignty and Native American education in New Mexico.
1/25/201313 minutes, 1 second
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Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, shares new research on the lingering effects of toxic stress during early childhood.
1/25/201316 minutes, 7 seconds
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Make Just One Change

Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, authors of the book, Make Just One Change, explain why teaching students to ask their own questions just may revolutionize the classroom.
1/25/201316 minutes, 23 seconds
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Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors

Alexander Russo, author of the book "Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors" discusses how one of the toughest schools in the country was turned around.
1/25/201312 minutes, 14 seconds
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Education 2016

Paul Reville, secretary of education for Massachusetts, sheds light on the future of education policy with four more years of the Obama administration.
1/25/20139 minutes, 46 seconds
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Community Organizing 101

Alberto Retana, Executive VP of Community Coalition in LA discusses community organizing in the context of the 2012 National Community Organizing and School Reform conference held at HGSE.
1/25/201312 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Illiterate High Schooler?

Paul Penniman, executive director, Resources for Inner city Children (RICH), explains the plight of not being able to read in high school and what he's trying to do to help.
1/25/201314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Not Your Typical Rainn Wilson College Tour

Rainn Wilson, actor and activist shares details of the denial of higher education rights to people of the Bahá'í Faith in Iran, while discussing the film 'Education Under Fire' at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
1/25/201312 minutes, 27 seconds
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Oprah Winfrey: Thoughts on Gaga, Bullying, and Harvard

Oprah Winfrey, media icon and philanthropist, reflects on helping Lady Gaga launch the Born This Way Foundation during her visit at Harvard on Feb 29th, 2012.
1/25/201313 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Voice of the Teachers' Union

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses protests in Madison, the continued need for unions, and shares a bit about her own personal life outside of work.
1/25/201315 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stacking Up School Libraries

Rebecca Morris, assistant professor of library and information science at Simmons College, describes the evolving landscape of school libraries and reframes the perception of the 21st century school librarian.
1/25/201317 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Core Problem

Richard Murnane, professor of education at HGSE shares new research on how family income affects education equality.
1/25/201312 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pigskin Pedagogy

Tim Daly, president of TNTP and his brother Brendan Daly, defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings discuss how the teaching profession can learn from fundamentals of the NFL.
1/25/201311 minutes, 23 seconds
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Giving a Year

Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO of City Year reflects on how City Year is strengthening human capital through a year of national service in the education sector.
1/25/201315 minutes, 27 seconds
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Boys Will Be Boys?

Niobe Way, author of "Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendship and the Crisis of Connections" reveals the intense intimacy among teenage boys during adolescence yet explains as boys become men, they become distrustful, lose these friendships, and feel isolated and alone.
1/25/201310 minutes, 32 seconds
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Behind Glee Ed

Michael Hitchcock, writer and producer of the TV show "Glee," shares his behind the scenes perspective on writing student storylines and prosocial messages for the popular school based program "Glee."
1/25/201314 minutes, 3 seconds
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Madam President

Nan Keohane, former president of Duke University and Wellesley College shares her story of leadership and offers insight on how gender has influenced her career.
1/25/201320 minutes, 28 seconds
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Teaching 9/11

Meira Levinson, political philosopher at HGSE reflects on the challenges of teaching 9/11 in the classroom and how to explain these events as both a mother or teacher to children born after September 12th.
1/25/201319 minutes, 18 seconds
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Eight Decades of Education

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Mel King, educator and founder of the South End Technology Center shares his thoughts, wisdom, and perspective on education over eight decades in the South End of Boston.
1/25/201313 minutes, 35 seconds
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On the Education Beat

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, John Merrow, education correspondent for The PBS NewsHour and president of Learning Matters discusses education reporting, the influence of teachers, and changes in over 35 years covering education in the media.
1/25/201315 minutes, 52 seconds
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Growing Jim Henson’s Legacy

Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, reflects on her father’s creation of the Muppets and the family company’s continuing impact on children’s learning with shows such as “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid.”
1/25/201311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Lisa henson edcast final

Lisa henson edcast final by Harvard Graduate School of Education
1/25/201311 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Literary Life of Lois Lowry

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Lois Lowry, author of The Giver and Number the Stars discusses children's literature, reading, and her books (slowly) being made into movies.
1/25/201312 minutes, 39 seconds
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Leaving No Child Behind

Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund reflects on her work defending the cause of children, her life and leadership, and preparing for countless commencement speeches over the years. Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families. The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.