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May 1, 2019
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.
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30 min
April 29, 2019
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.
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7 min
April 24, 2019
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.
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12 min
April 17, 2019
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.
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15 min
April 10, 2019
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.
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15 min
April 3, 2019
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.
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21 min
March 27, 2019
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.
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19 min
March 20, 2019
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.
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12 min
March 13, 2019
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.
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17 min
March 6, 2019
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.
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24 min
February 27, 2019
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.
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19 min
February 20, 2019
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.
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18 min
February 13, 2019
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.
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25 min
February 6, 2019
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.
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20 min
December 12, 2018
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.
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22 min
December 5, 2018
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.
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12 min
November 28, 2018
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.
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21 min
November 14, 2018
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.
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11 min
November 7, 2018
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.
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13 min
October 31, 2018
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.
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12 min
October 24, 2018
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.
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17 min
October 17, 2018
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.
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31 min
October 10, 2018
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.
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17 min
October 3, 2018
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.
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13 min
September 26, 2018
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.
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28 min
September 19, 2018
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.
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16 min
September 12, 2018
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.
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20 min
June 20, 2018
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.
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13 min
June 13, 2018
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.
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15 min
May 16, 2018
Smartphones, Teens, and Unhappiness
San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge talks about her research that examining teens, smartphones and unhappiness.
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15 min
May 9, 2018
Escuela Nueva
Vicki Colbert, Yidan Prize winner, reflects on her work and research with Escuela Nueva.
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9 min
April 25, 2018
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.
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21 min
April 18, 2018
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.
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24 min
April 11, 2018
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.
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10 min
April 4, 2018
Angel Investments
Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory, examines the intersection of financial literacy, technology, and education.
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13 min
March 28, 2018
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.
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13 min
March 21, 2018
AI and Education
Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research, reflects on the evolving role of computational literacy and AI in education.
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21 min
March 15, 2018
Mindset and Parenting
Carol Dweck, Stanford professor of psychology, examines mindset, motivation, and parenting tips in the context of recently receiving the Yidan Prize.
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13 min
March 7, 2018
Committing to the #CommonGood
Rick Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, discusses the launch of the Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign.
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9 min
February 27, 2018
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.
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21 min
February 22, 2018
Is "Free College" Really Free?
Is "Free College" Really Free? by Harvard Graduate School of Education
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8 min
February 14, 2018
Dr. Ruth Talks Sex and Ed
Dr. Ruth Talks Sex and Ed by Harvard Graduate School of Education
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23 min
February 7, 2018
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.
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26 min
February 7, 2018
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.
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14 min
January 31, 2018
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.
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18 min
January 25, 2018
Cornel West: Love, Hope, and Education
Cornel West: Love, Hope, and Education by Harvard Graduate School of Education
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17 min
January 16, 2018
The Troublemakers at School
Researcher and Author Carla Shalaby shares what she discovered from following four "troublemakers" as they made their way at school.
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11 min
January 10, 2018
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.”
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14 min
January 3, 2018
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.
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14 min
December 14, 2017
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.
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19 min
December 6, 2017
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.
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17 min
November 29, 2017
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.
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21 min
November 8, 2017
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.
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14 min
November 1, 2017
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.
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16 min
October 26, 2017
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.
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11 min
October 18, 2017
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.
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15 min
October 3, 2017
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.
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21 min
September 27, 2017
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.
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14 min
September 20, 2017
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.
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8 min
August 31, 2017
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.
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13 min
August 24, 2017
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.
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20 min
August 16, 2017
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."
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21 min
August 1, 2017
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.
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13 min
June 28, 2017
Learning for the Test Prep
Mike Palmer and Esther Lee, Ed.M.’14 discuss designing digital learning and their pedagogical approach at Kaplan.
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16 min
June 20, 2017
The Mythbuster
Christopher Cerf, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, reflects on his work and the history of Newark Public Schools.
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11 min
June 14, 2017
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.
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12 min
June 7, 2017
Girl Power: Raising Female Activists
Colby College Professor Lyn Mikel Brown talks about how to empower young female activists.
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19 min
May 31, 2017
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.
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13 min
May 15, 2017
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.
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15 min
May 10, 2017
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.
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18 min
May 3, 2017
How to Create Good Men
Colby College Professor Mark Tappan discusses how to create good men and the problems with toxic masculinity.
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18 min
April 26, 2017
Chang(e) Agent
Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, reflects on his leadership, vision, and why he chose education as a career.
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11 min
April 19, 2017
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.
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21 min
April 12, 2017
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."
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10 min
March 31, 2017
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.
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26 min
March 29, 2017
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.
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14 min
March 21, 2017
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.
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11 min
March 13, 2017
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.
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14 min
March 1, 2017
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.
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15 min
February 22, 2017
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.
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8 min
February 15, 2017
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.
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13 min
February 7, 2017
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.
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13 min
January 26, 2017
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.
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11 min
January 11, 2017
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.
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16 min
January 4, 2017
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.
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14 min
December 7, 2016
Changemaking
Ross Hall, Director for Education, Ashoka Europe, discusses his unique work on improving the world.
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12 min
December 2, 2016
Guiding Children in Uncertain Times
Guiding Children in Uncertain Times by Harvard Graduate School of Education
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17 min
November 30, 2016
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.
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11 min
November 16, 2016
Uncommon App
Christopher Gray, founder and CEO of Scholly, explains the mission and impact of his college scholarhsip app.
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10 min
November 9, 2016
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.
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11 min
November 1, 2016
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.
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12 min
October 26, 2016
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.
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10 min
October 19, 2016
I Wish My Teacher Knew
Kyle Schwartz, third-grade teacher and author, explains how one question can change everything for our kids.
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11 min
October 12, 2016
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.
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7 min
October 5, 2016
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.
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9 min
September 28, 2016
The Case For Homework
Harris M. Cooper, professor at Duke University, explains the reasons why all children should be doing homework.
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13 min
September 13, 2016
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.
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10 min
September 7, 2016
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.
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14 min
August 25, 2016
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.
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14 min
August 11, 2016
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.
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20 min
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