Askwith Essentials: Learning to Change the World

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Our motto at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is “Learn to Change the World,” and as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, we are celebrating and showcasing HGSE’s global presence and educational opportunities that extend beyond Cambridge and Boston.

What does learning to change the world look like? In this Askwith Forum, four faculty members will individually share their perspectives in dynamic, TED Talk-style presentations.

Moderator and speaker:

Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and director of the International Education Policy Program and of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, HGSE

Reimers pilots the Global Education Innovation Initiative, which strives to implement 21st-century skills in student curriculum worldwide. He also focuses on strategies to reach the 15 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. This semester, Reimers teaches Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective where students learn about the various actors and stakeholders in the education field.


Felipe Barrera-Osorio, associate professor of education and economics

From 2006, Barrera-Osorio worked at the World Bank as a senior economist until he joined HGSE in 2011. His research includes impact evaluation of education programs and student outcomes in various regions including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has published several articles on various topics in his research, including Conditional Cash Transfer programs.

Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Ed.D.’09, associate professor of education

Dryden-Peterson’s research focuses on conflict and post-conflict settings in Sub-Saharan African and West African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. One of Professor Dryden-Peterson’s courses, Education in Armed Conflict, examines the various components of providing education in settings of armed conflict including stakeholders such as governments, NGOS, refugee communities. For the final project students must complete the “Narrative Project” in which they each interview someone who has come from a setting of armed conflict about how conflict has impacted their education.

Dana McCoy, assistant professor of education

McCoy’s research includes a variety of topics, including the impact of poverty-related risks and their influence on cognitive and social-emotional skills during early childhood; and the analysis of early intervention programs that are designed to help promote children’s executive skills and resilience capacity. McCoy performs her research both in the United States and abroad in countries such as Brazil, Tanzania and Zambia.

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