Harvard is immersed in understanding the world and improving it. Here’s how the University is making a difference now, and likely will do so in the next decade, in five key fields.
Harvard lecturer Tim McCarthy teaches a free American history course to low-income adult students as part of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, for which he now holds the first endowed chair.
William Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions at Harvard, lauds the recently announced reform of the SATs. He explains why the changes should help level the playing field for students.
Syrian refugees struggling in Lebanon are on the edge of catastrophe, according to a new report from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
Despite progress made in educational systems in recent decades, more than 100 million children are not enrolled in primary or lower-secondary school, and ...
School administrators may want to be even more aggressive in calling for weather-related closures. A new study conducted by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor Joshua Goodman finds that snow days do not impact student learning.
A new study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows that students grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe, compared with traditional classroom instruction.
The results of the latest program for international student assessment tests have been released, and there is both good news and bad news to report for U.S. students.
Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk outlined a new vision for public health education Friday (Nov. 1), outlining courses that blend online, in-person, and in-the-field experiences and that take different forms throughout a professional’s life.
At month’s end, Professor Elisa New will begin teaching “Poetry in America,” her first digital course on HarvardX.
Building on the University’s commitment to innovation and collaboration, the Graduate School of Education held an Askwith Forum Tuesday examining innovations in learning.
On Oct. 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen shot 15-year-old Malaa Yousafzai in the head as she rode home from school on a bus. She was simply trying education. On Sept. 27, Yousafzai was in Cambridge to receive the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The fate of chimpanzees in Africa is largely in the hands of increasing numbers of poor, rural dwellers crowding the primates’ forest homes. That is why an educational project begun near Uganda’s Kibale National Forest focuses on 14 schools teaching almost 10,000 children, researchers say.
James E. Ryan, a leading scholar of education law and policy, will become the new dean of the Graduate School of Education his fall.
The essentials of good teaching and learning took the stage at the second annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching conference.
Every spring, high-achieving high school seniors around the country play the college admissions game in the lead-up to the May 1 decision deadline. Research by Christopher Avery of HKS research shows that many poor but promising students are sitting out.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2012 renovation of Gutman Library’s first and second floor was recently recognized by the United ...
This week, Harvard Business School celebrated 50 years of women in its M.B.A. program with a summit that drew hundreds of the School’s female graduates to campus. But as a new alumni survey demonstrates — and as speakers like “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged — women still have a long way to go to in the working world.
Speaking in South Korea at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Asia, Harvard President Drew Faust urged greater educational opportunities for women.
Former dropout and wild child L. Todd Rose, an unconventional learner, is blazing new trails at the Ed School and has written a book about his journey, called “Square Peg.”
A two-week seminar in January offered Harvard doctoral students the chance to learn from experts from across the University about using technology to support education.
A panel of leading thinkers shared five visions of education’s future during an Askwith Forum on Tuesday at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The scenarios ranged widely, from redefining the function of schools and teachers to adopting learning models from other nations.
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study today announces the launch of ...
Skulls and bones drew a class of Cambridge third0graders to Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. They visited the museum’s zooarchaeology lab to learn about different animals and how they relate to the study of human life.
A Harvard senior and two recent alumnae have been named international Rhodes Scholars, and will join the six American Harvard students who will head to the University of Oxford next fall.
During Washington visit, Harvard President Drew Faust tells business, policy, and diplomatic leaders that they should maintain a strong research partnership between the federal government and higher educational institutions.
Author and educator Doug Lemov told a packed audience Thursday in the Harvard Graduate School of Education that specific, concrete techniques, readily learned, can help to transform good teachers into great ones.
Ellery Schempp, one of the last living symbols of a series of Supreme Court cases that banned mandatory displays of faith in public schools, brought the contentious battle over religious expression to life for a Harvard Divinity School audience.
A family that sent four daughters through Harvard Business School — including former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao — visited the School on Friday to announce a $40 million gift that will fund scholarships for students of Chinese heritage and support the building of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center for executive education.
Joel Cohen, head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia universities, looked at the latest projections for world population growth, and factors that could alter them, in a Harvard talk.
Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Monday, outlining his plan for a “transformative” approach to the country’s ailing primary and secondary education system.
A new study on the impact of school vouchers on college enrollments shows that the percentage of African-American students who enrolled part time or full time in college by 2011 was 24 percent higher for those who had won a school voucher lottery and used their voucher to attend a private school.
It takes more than a "free ride" to bring students to the collegiate finish line. That is the finding in a new research study co-authored by Harvard ...
Clarifying what students should be learning does not necessarily translate into higher achievement in the classroom. That is the finding in a new research ...
Eighty percent of Americans believe the nation's schools are in crisis, yet 80 percent of parents think the schools in their own communities are fine. That ...
Free-market thinking now pervades most facets of everyday life. In “What Money Can’t Buy,” rock-star lecturer and philosopher Michael Sandel asks readers to consider what they really value — and whether some things shouldn’t come with a price.
From the $40 million Hauser gift to support teaching and learning initiatives to the recent announcement of the global online platform edX, Harvard tackled the future of higher education head-on in 2011-12. As the University’s 375th anniversary draws to a close, the Gazette asked some prescient professors: “What’s the one big idea that will transform teaching and learning before Harvard celebrates its 400th?”
The 9th Annual SUP Auction, sponsored by the Phillips Brooks House Association, will be held April 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub.
Child psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport follows up her 2009 memoir that explored her mother’s suicide with a user-friendly guide for teachers dealing with behaviorally challenged students.
Geoffrey Canada received the Harvard Graduate School of Education Medal for Educational Impact. The School’s highest honor recognizes those who demonstrate an outstanding contribution to education. Canada discussed his time at the School of Education and his work with the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Kelsey Beck ’14 was crowned Miss Boston 2012. The Harvard student will compete in the Miss Massachusetts pageant June 29-30 in Worcester. In the meantime, she balances classes and extracurricular activities.
Adrian Anantawan was born without a right hand, but with an adaptive device became a renowned professional violinist.
During a discussion at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp defended her initiative, which places recent college graduates as teachers in underserved communities for two years.
With its increasingly popular website called Journalist’s Resource, the Shorenstein Center is putting academia’s insights at reporters’ fingertips, and making a broader case for knowledge-based reporting.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced the appointments of Harvard professors David J. Barron and Fernando M. Reimers to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
As leaders in government and business search for ways to strengthen the U.S. recovery, new research from faculty at Harvard and Columbia indicates that elementary school teachers have an impact on how much their students earn as adults and, by extension, on the nation’s economy.
At the Feb. 15 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members considered proposals for a Ph.D. program in education and to change the schedule of regular meetings of the Faculty in the rules of faculty procedure. They also met with President Drew Faust to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty.
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Museum educators are using their collections to help members of the Harvard community explore salient issues like creativity and leadership in new ways.
For his new book, Robert Sampson studied the Second City’s ups and downs for 15 years to outline patterns for many modern American cities.