April 1, 2020
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.
March 25, 2020
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.
March 18, 2020
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.
March 10, 2020
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.
March 4, 2020
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.
February 26, 2020
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.
December 18, 2019
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.
December 11, 2019
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.
December 4, 2019
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.
November 20, 2019
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.
November 13, 2019
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 -- an online tool that helps families uncover the actual cost -- he hopes more students will achieve their college dreams.
November 6, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
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.
October 23, 2019
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.
October 16, 2019
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.
October 9, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
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.
September 25, 2019
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.
September 18, 2019
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.
May 1, 2019
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.
April 29, 2019
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.
April 24, 2019
Harvard Psychologist Rick Weissbourd guides parents (and high schools) to be better ethical role models, especially in the college admissions process.
April 17, 2019
Educator Tina Owen-Moore speaks about the creation of the Alliance School in Milwaukee and strategies to combat bullying.
April 10, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen discusses the world of global education, and how educators can incorporate a global approach in the classroom.
March 27, 2019
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.
March 20, 2019
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.
March 13, 2019
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.
March 6, 2019
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.
February 27, 2019
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.
February 20, 2019
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.
February 13, 2019
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.
February 6, 2019
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.
December 12, 2018
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.
December 5, 2018
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.
November 28, 2018
Lecturer Todd Rose discusses the importance of personalized learning in the quest for success, and how success will look different in the future.
November 14, 2018
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.
November 7, 2018
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.
October 31, 2018
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.
October 24, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
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.
October 10, 2018
Andria Zafirakou, the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, shares how the arts can be a powerful tool of inclusion and resilience for children.
October 3, 2018
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.
September 26, 2018
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.
September 19, 2018
Randall Curren, a professor at the University of Rochester, discusses why it’s ethically indefensible for schools to continue sponsoring tackle football.
September 12, 2018
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.
June 20, 2018
Activist Minnijean Brown-Trickey discusses the Little Rock Nine and the importance of uncovering and understanding the truth in America.
June 13, 2018
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.
May 16, 2018
San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge talks about her research that examining teens, smartphones and unhappiness.
May 9, 2018
Vicki Colbert, Yidan Prize winner, reflects on her work and research with Escuela Nueva.
April 25, 2018
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.
April 18, 2018
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.
April 11, 2018
CJ Anderson, Super Bowl champion for the Denver Broncos, reflects on his community activism work and shares tips for other non-profit leaders.
April 4, 2018
Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory, examines the intersection of financial literacy, technology, and education.
March 28, 2018
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.
March 21, 2018
Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research, reflects on the evolving role of computational literacy and AI in education.
March 15, 2018
Carol Dweck, Stanford professor of psychology, examines mindset, motivation, and parenting tips in the context of recently receiving the Yidan Prize.
March 7, 2018
Rick Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, discusses the launch of the Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign.
February 27, 2018
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.
February 22, 2018
Is "Free College" Really Free? by Harvard Graduate School of Education
February 14, 2018
Dr. Ruth Talks Sex and Ed by Harvard Graduate School of Education
February 7, 2018
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.
February 7, 2018
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.
January 31, 2018
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.
January 25, 2018
Cornel West: Love, Hope, and Education by Harvard Graduate School of Education
January 16, 2018
Researcher and Author Carla Shalaby shares what she discovered from following four "troublemakers" as they made their way at school.
January 10, 2018
Georgetown University Professor William T. Gormley, Jr., discusses the importance of teaching critical thinking skills, especially in these times of “fake news.”
January 3, 2018
Columbia University Assistant Professor Raygine DiAquoi shares what she discovered about how black parents talk to their sons today about race and discrimination.
December 14, 2017
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.
December 6, 2017
Chezare A. Warren, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, reflects on urban teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching, and critical race theory in education.
November 29, 2017
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.
November 8, 2017
John Palmer, Associate Professor and Chair of Educational Studies at Colgate University, reflects on refugee education in the Korean peninsula and beyond.
November 1, 2017
Vanessa Grigoriadis, author, explores what’s really happening behind closed doors on America’s college campuses.
October 26, 2017
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.
October 18, 2017
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.
October 3, 2017
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.
September 27, 2017
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.
September 20, 2017
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.
August 31, 2017
Erin Castro, assistant professor at the University of Utah, reflects on co-publishing in the Harvard Ed Review with an incarcerated student of hers.
August 24, 2017
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.
August 16, 2017
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."
August 1, 2017
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.
June 28, 2017
Mike Palmer and Esther Lee, Ed.M.’14 discuss designing digital learning and their pedagogical approach at Kaplan.
June 20, 2017
Christopher Cerf, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, reflects on his work and the history of Newark Public Schools.
June 14, 2017
Rick Weissbourd, HGSE faculty, discusses a new report looking at how young people struggle with romantic relationships and deal with widespread misogyny and harassment.
June 7, 2017
Colby College Professor Lyn Mikel Brown talks about how to empower young female activists.
May 31, 2017
Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of education for the state of Vermont, talks priorities and progress in leading the state's unique education system.
May 15, 2017
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.
May 10, 2017
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.
May 3, 2017
Colby College Professor Mark Tappan discusses how to create good men and the problems with toxic masculinity.
April 26, 2017
Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, reflects on his leadership, vision, and why he chose education as a career.
April 19, 2017
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.
April 12, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton shares her experience with bullying and how it prompted her to create the app "Sit With Us."
March 31, 2017
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.
March 29, 2017
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.
March 21, 2017
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.
March 13, 2017
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.
March 1, 2017
Ashley Ford, writer and blogger, discusses how her Tweet about paying off school lunch debt inspired people to raise $150,000.
February 22, 2017
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.
February 15, 2017
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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