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    Askwith Forum: Everybodys Talking about Equity, But Nobody Knows the Meaning of the Word


    Moderator: Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

    Remarks: Robert Peterkin, Professor of Practice, Emeritus, HGSE

    Introduction: Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.’92, Ed.D.’95, Professor of Practice, HGSE

    • Jennifer Cheatham, Ed.M.’06, Ed.D.’10, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District, WI
    • Joseph Davis, Ed.M.’00, Ed.D.’08, Superintendent, Ferguson-Florrisant School District, MO
    • Stephen Zrike, Jr., Ed.M.’03, Ed.D.’10, Receiver of the Holyoke Public Schools, MA

    The equity mission of urban school districts — to provide an excellent education to all students — is more difficult than ever to achieve. This Askwith Forum examines the social responsibility superintendents bear in leading their districts in educating underserved students. How can these leaders move their districts beyond providing “equity of access” to achieve “equity of outcomes” with students’ more advantaged peers? Our panel of urban superintendents shares their unique perspectives on this work with Charles Ogletree, and Robert Peterkin closes the evening by examining the implications for future leadership practice.

    This forum is being held in conjunction with the Urban Superintendents Program convening in celebration of the USP program, which began 25 years ago.

    Part of HGSE's Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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    Askwith Forum - Engineering Personalized Learning: The Story of Summit Schools and Facebook


    Askwith Forum - Engineering Personalized Learning: The Story of Summit Schools and Facebook
    Moderator: Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE


    Mike Sego, Director of Engineering, Facebook
    Diane Tavenner, Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools
    Discussants from the first Cohort:
    Gara Field, Ed.M.’04, Principle, Pleasant View Elementary School, Providence, RI
    Kairav Sinha, Science Teacher, Blackstone Valley Prep High School, Cumberland, RI
    Simone Barros, Student, Blackstone Valley Prep High School, Cumberland, RI

    In the past few years, personalized learning has gone from concept to reality in the classroom. Schools across the country are customizing instruction to meet the needs, skills, and passions of their students — and teachers are leading the way. In this Askwith Forum, Tavenner and Sego will discuss how Summit teachers partnered with Facebook engineers to develop an online personalized learning platform and make it available to any school for free. Join us to hear how personalized learning is shifting teacher practice and encouraging students to take greater ownership of their learning, while building their leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Tavenner and Sego will also share the experiences of 29 schools, 4,800 students, and 270 teachers who are part of Summit and its Basecamp partnership program.
    Networking reception with members of the Facebook product and engineering team and Summit team immediately following the forum.

    This is not a ticketed event and RSVP is not required. To assist us in our planning, please let us know if you are “going” and please “invite” others at:

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    Askwith Forum - Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion


    Speaker: Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law; member of Board of Overseers, Harvard University; author, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights.

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, HGSE

    Long after diversity and inclusion initiatives have been in place, progress toward full demographic representation remains stalled. This lecture will consider how the pressure to cover, or downplay aspects of one's identity, presents a significant piece of the puzzle. This lecture will address the incidence of covering, the costs of covering for individuals and groups, and look to possible solutions.

    This forum is being held in conjunction with a yearlong community conversation on Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity.

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    Askwith Forum: The American Dream in Crisis: Can Education Restore Social Mobility?


    Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE

    Speaker: Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

    • Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Professor of Education, HGSE; Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University
    • Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, HGSE

    The American Dream of equal opportunity is being threatened. A growing gap between kids from the upper third and the lower third of the social hierarchy poses serious economic, social, political, and moral challenges. In this Askwith Forum, Putnam shares insights from Our Kids, his groundbreaking examination of this new American crisis, and our speakers consider what educators can do to help restore some measure of social mobility in our society.

    Part of HGSE's Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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    Askwith Forums - Driving Change: Challenges Superintendents Face in Urban Schools


    Tom Boasberg, superintendent, Denver Public Schools
    Tommy Chang, superintendent, Boston Public Schools
    Kaya Henderson, former chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

    Andrés A. Alonso, Ed.M.'99, Ed.D'06, professor of practice and co-chair, Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), HGSE

    When it comes to leading reforms in urban school districts, superintendents face a unique set of challenges – often with highly fractured constituents and stakeholders, limited operational capacity, enormous achievement gaps, a lack of resources, and a dependency on the state.

    How can superintendents drive radical change and innovation in their districts? How do they conceive of their roles in relation to the problems they are trying to solve? What are the lessons learned about theories of action, strategy, and implementation?

    In addition to discussing experiences with the management of large, city school districts, this forum will also explore the larger accountability environment in urban school districts and the changes set into motion by the Every Student Succeeds Act, and discuss what gets in the way and what fosters improvement in these settings.

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    Askwith Forum: Transforming Teaching


    Moderator: Jal Mehta, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


    • Anthony S. Bryk, Ed.D.’77, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    • Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University; Co-Founder, Teaching Excellence Network
    • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

    Imagine a world in which every child has a great teacher, where strong graduates choose teaching careers, and where knowledge about good teaching is readily available and accessible. In this Askwith Forum, our panel explores ways to transform the teaching profession into one that is committed to building practitioners' skills over time. Join us as we examine what it would take to develop the systems, the institutions, and the teachers we need to achieve educational equity and prepare all students for the challenges of the future.

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    Askwith Forum - Racing to Class with Richard Milner


    On Oct.15, Rich Milner examined the structural and social policies that shape educators’ mindsets in regard to race and considers how we can support instructional practices that address race and poverty in meaningful way.

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    Askwith Forums: Education and the 2016 Election


    A conversation with HGSE faculty about the 2016 election. Why has education been largely absent from the discussion? What are the likely implications for education policy depending on the outcome of the election? Should educators be focusing more on who controls the senate, house, or statehouses rather than who is in the White House?

    HGSE faculty panel:

    David Deming, professor of education and economics
    Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor of education
    Meira Levinson, professor of education
    Martin West, associate professor of education
    Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration

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    Askwith Forums: A Conversation with Jeb Bush


    Speaker: Jeb Bush, academic visitor, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School; founder, president and chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education; former governor, Florida

    Moderator: Martin West, associate professor of education, HGSE; deputy director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE

    Recent changes in federal policy have put states back in the driver’s seat for ensuring equity and excellence in American education. Drawing on his experience as Florida governor and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Governor Bush will address the new opportunities for state leadership on K-12 education policy, what it will take for governors and other state officials to capitalize on those opportunities, and the challenges of maintaining bi-partisan support for education reform in a time of heightened polarization. After brief remarks, Governor Bush will engage in a discussion moderated by Associate Professor Martin West and featuring questions from HGSE faculty members and the audience.

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    Askwith Forums – Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum


    Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita, Spelman College

    Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.'92, Ed.D.'95, professor of practice and faculty co-chair, Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools, HGSE
    Mary Grassa O’Neill, senior lecturer on education and faculty co-chair, Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools, HGSE

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    Askwith Forum - Teens and Sex: Navigating from Shame and Regret to Integrity and Wellness


    Speaker: Peggy Orenstein, Author, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape and Cinderella Ate My Daughter

    Moderator: Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.’92, Ed.D.’95, Professor of Practice, HGSE

    • Justine Fonte, Director of Health & Wellness, The Dalton School, New York, NY
    • Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D.’87, Senior Lecturer on Education; Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology Program; Co-Director, Making Caring Common, HGSE

    In this forum Peggy Orenstein will discuss her New York Times best-selling book, Girls and Sex. Orenstein, a renowned journalist and the author of several books, including Cinderella Ate My Daughter, examines the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people’s lives; why we need to redefine “virginity”; what we can learn from queer girls; the complicated terrain of hookup culture; and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault. Weissbourd and Fonte will engage with Orenstein in a discussion on how educators and parents can far more effectively guide both teen girls and boys in navigating this complex terrain. Audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

    In conjunction with Making Caring Common and the HGSE Task Force on Sexual Assault and Harassment.

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    Doug Lemov Askwith Forum: Teach Like A Champion


    At the Askwith Forum, Doug Lemov, author and managing director at Uncommon Schools, will reflect on what makes for effective teaching, how teaching can and should be the centerpiece of school reform, and how teaching skills can be effectively developed.

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    Teaching Empathy and Preventing Bullying Askwith Forum


    Though bullying has increasingly moved to the Internet, kids still torment each other in the hallways at school. In fact, in person and online bullying usually go together. In this new landscape, what should schools and parents do?

    Speakers: Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy, and R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder.

    Moderator: Richard Weissbourd, director, Human Development and Psychology Program; lecturer on education, HGSE

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    Tom Kane Askwith Forum: Measuring Effective Teaching


    This forum will share new findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, a huge research study that has captured teaching practice of over 3000 teachers in seven urban school districts. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of MET is to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching by improving the quality of information available about teacher practice. The forum will also share initial work of a parallel study at the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE), which is housed at HGSE and supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education. NCTE's core study focuses on developing measures of effective math teaching.

    Speaker: Thomas Kane, professor of education and economics, HGSE; faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR); deputy director, U.S. education team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Introduction: Kathleen McCartney, dean and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, HGSE

    Discussant: Mitchell Chester, Ed.M.88, Ed.D.'91, Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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    Askwith Forum: A Space of Their Own? Girls, Women, and STEM


    Moderator: Karen Brennan, Assistant Professor of Education, HGSE


    Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls CODE
    Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
    Jane Margolis, Ed.M.'88, Ed.D.'90, Senior Researcher, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
    Stephanie Wilson, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Girls and women are significantly underrepresented in many areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and STEM professions. In this group conversation, we will discuss what factors contribute to female underrepresentation in STEM, why female underrepresentation is problematic, and how to support broader participation.

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    Askwith Forum: Making Education Relevant in the Face of Global Challenges


    ***Note the 4 p.m. start time***

    Moderator: Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Faculty Director, International Education Policy Program, HGSE; Co-Chair, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

    • William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development and Faculty Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard College Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Faculty, Harvard Divinity School
    • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Chair and Director, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
    • Howard Koh, Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Director of the Leading Change Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Chair, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

    This panel opens a think tank focused on the question of how to make education relevant. Issues addressed will include how we align what schools and universities teach with some of the biggest global challenges we face; how to prevent and address the potential for religious, ethnic, and racial conflict; and the challenge of closing gender gaps, promoting health, and fostering environmental sustainability.

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    Askwith Forum: Higher Education, the Cost Disease, and Systemic Reform


    Speaker: Mark G. Yudof, professor of law, University of California Berkeley School of Law; president emeritus, University of California; chancellor emeritus, University of Texas System; president emeritus, University of Minnesota

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, dean and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, HGSE

    For much of the post-World War II period, higher education got a pass from the public, mass media and politicians. Unchallenged in its importance, the primary concerns related to access. Would African Americans, Latinos, women and other groups be given a fair shot at a university education? Was there adequate financial aid for families with low incomes? Today a different game is afoot. It is open season on universities. There are endless media stories on the magnitude of student debt, rarely mentioning the benefits of a college degree. There is a chorus of politicians calling for more accountability, new rating systems, and proof that college is worth the investment. There is even talk that federal financial aid only enables universities to raise tuition. Some entrepreneurs advise students to skip higher ed altogether. Yudof explores how and why this attitudinal transformation occurred, its roots in the cost disease afflicting education, and its more contested status as a public good. He also suggests a reality check and a number of needed reforms.

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    Askwith Forum - Religious Freedom: Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Role of Education


    Moderator: James E. Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE

    • Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
    • Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
    • Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Faculty Director, International Education Policy Program, HGSE

    Recent debates about immigration, discrimination, and national identity have often overlapped with those about religion, belonging, and citizenship. In our global landscape, we find ourselves living alongside neighbors whose beliefs and practices are quite different from our own. With this diversity, there is a growing need worldwide to discuss religious freedom — and its limits — in democratic societies. These are not easy conversations, and the tone of recent debates about religious freedom suggests that we need to get better at talking about these issues, or else risk further polarization.

    Using as a starting point George Washington's 1790 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island — a landmark in the history of religious freedom in America — this interdisciplinary panel will explore inclusion and exclusion through the lens of religious differences. Join us as we consider the role that education can play in promoting informed and civil conversation about religious freedom and the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.

    This forum is being held in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom.

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    Askwith Forums: What is a Good Citizen and How Do You Create One?


    **Note the 5 p.m. start time.**


    Callie Crossley, radio and TV host, WGBH; media commentator
    Michelle Fine, distinguished professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
    Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
    Moderator: Meira Levinson, professor of education, HGSE
    The election highlighted deep divisions in American society. As we think about civic education we must take stock of these challenges: especially around diversity, marginalized groups, divided parties, digital democracy, and the pressures for more global perspectives. The panel members will bring expertise from research, practice, communication and policy to the discussion.

    This forum is in conjunction with the Association for Moral Education (AME) 42nd Annual Conference.

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    Askwith Forum: The Pursuit of Hipponess


    Speaker: Sandra Boynton, author, illustrator, and songwriter

    Moderator: Pamela A. Mason, M.A.T.’70, Ed.D.’75, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Language and Literacy Program, HGSE

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE

    Cartoonist Sandra Boynton presents an up-tempo visual retrospective of her work, starting in 1973 with the quirky greeting cards she began designing in college, and then on through her many children’s books, five record albums of what she calls “renegade children’s music,” and her seven film shorts. In the subsequent conversation with Senior Lecturer Pamela Mason, Boynton will consider her work and offbeat career in the context of her own education (from Kindergarten through 12th Grade) at Germantown Friends School, a Quaker school in Philadelphia.

    Sandra is the third of four daughters of renowned teacher and publisher Robert W. Boynton, M.A.T.'47, who received his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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    Askwith Forum – Teaching Higher: Educators’ Perspectives on Common Core Implementation


    Speaker: Thomas J. Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, HGSE

    Moderator: Martin West, Associate Professor of Education, HGSE


    Timothy Allen, Principal, Birchland Park Middle School, East Longmeadow, MA
    Gwendolin Bandi, Fourth-Grade Math Teacher, Doran Elementary School, Fall River, MA
    Mitchell Chester, Ed.M.’88, Ed.D.’91, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Jack Smith, Interim State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland
    Lindsay Sobel, Massachusetts Senior Executive Director, Teach Plus
    With the debate over the federal role in education at rest with the passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it is time to refocus attention on how to help the states move forward. We need to refocus attention to help teachers and students succeed using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this Askwith Forum, Kane will share findings about CCSS implementation strategies from Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. This will be followed by a panel of educators, who will share their experiences, pain points, and successes with the CCSS over this past year.
    This forum is being held in conjunction with the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

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    Askwith Forum - Against the Odds: Educating Girls Globally



    Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Sakena Yacoobi, CEO, Afghan Institute of Learning; Co- Founder and Vice President, Creating Hope International; WISE Prize for Education Laureate
    Discussants from the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI):
    Monica Higgins, Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership, HGSE; Faculty Co-Chair, ALI
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Chair and Director, ALI
    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; Faculty Co-Chair, ALI
    This forum will examine the challenges that remain for girls around the world to access a high quality education that empowers them, and the work that activists, teachers, governments, and intergovernmental organizations are advancing to address these challenges. Yacoobi will discuss the constraints that girls and women face to receiving an education in Afghanistan, and highlight the work that she and other social entrepreneurs have advanced, under the most challenging conditions, to support the educational opportunities of girls against the odds. She is an award-winning social innovator who has devoted her life to creating educational opportunities for girls and women. Bokova will address the same issues from the perspective of the international development community, and of UNESCO specifically. After these presentations, there will be a panel discussion with Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative faculty.

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    Mindfulness in Education | October 16, 2013 Askwith Forum


    Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke at the October 16, 2013 Askwith Forum on Mindfulness in Education.

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    Askwith Forum - Closing the Gap: African American Educational Excellence


    Speaker: David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, U.S. Department of Education

    Moderator: Karen L. Mapp, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Education Policy and Management Program, HGSE

    David Johns will discuss the purpose and goals of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. During his talk, Johns will share lessons learned as a result of the initiative and what it will take to ensure all students -- especially students of color -- achieve academic excellence. Professor Karen Mapp will moderate the event, which will include opportunities to ask Johns about his work as an educator and education policymaker and ways future educators can make a difference in student achievement.

    Please join us for a reception following the forum.

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    Askwith Forum - On Education: A Conversation with Drew Gilpin Faust and Donald Gilpin


    • Drew Gilpin Faust, President and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University
    • Donald Gilpin, English and drama teacher (retired after 41 years) and writer; brother of Drew Gilpin Faust

    Moderator: James E. Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, HGSE

    Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and her brother, retired English and drama teacher Donald Gilpin, will engage in a conversation with Dean Jim Ryan, who will ask them to reflect on their successful careers as educators and share thoughts about the role education has played in their own lives. Dean Ryan will pose questions both personal and scholarly, as well as nostalgic and timely, on a wide range of education-related topics. This is a rare opportunity to hear from a family of educators who have touched the lives of thousands of students, and a can’t-miss conversation for anyone interested in teaching, higher education, or education leadership, as well as for students who are considering their own careers in education.

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    The App Generation | October 21, 2013 Askwith Forum


    Howard Gardner and Katie Davis spoke at the Askwith Forum on October 21, 2013, about the impact of digital technology and mobile software on child development.

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    Askwith Forum: The Digital Ecosystem and Higher Education’s Future


    Discussant: Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, HGSE

    Information technology in higher education is clearly here to stay. While information technology in higher education has long offered many alternatives to the residential on-campus experience, such as MOOCs, adaptive learning, game-based environments, competency-based education, badging, intrusive advising, and education-as-a-service, the rising costs of higher education, consumer demand, and dwindling time for degrees are all adding pressure for educators to discover additional technology solutions. This guarantees that the future of higher education’s technology will continue to grow at vast rates. Join Professor Chris Dede and EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger as they discuss which parts of the digital ecosystem will suit Harvard’s future, what parts are better suited elsewhere, and the potential consequences of higher education technology on society.

    HGSE is delighted to host Diana Oblinger as a Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow from March 23 to April 1.

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    Askwith Forum: Ferguson and Beyond: Educational Strategies to Address Racism and Social Injustice


    Introduction: James E. Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE

    Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE


    Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent, Jennings School District, Jennings, MO
    Tracey Benson, Ed.L.D.’16, Co-author of case study on Ferguson, MO
    Ni'Cole Gipson, Parent and Social Media Activist, Florissant, MO
    Valeria Silva, Superintendent, Saint Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN

    This Askwith Forum will explore the educational implications of the crisis most recently manifested in Ferguson and several other cities in the United States. Educators have a critical role to play in addressing issues of racism, injustice, inequity and diversity. This forum explores how educators can use this moment in history as an opportunity to craft educational approaches for achieving a just society. We will ask, “What strategies can educators use to promote justice, fairness, tolerance and genuine communication in our schools and society?”
    This forum is being held in conjunction with a yearlong community conversation on Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity.

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    Askwith Forum: Being and Becoming an Education Leader


    Moderator: Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund


    Norman Atkins, Co-Founder and President, Relay GSE; Founder and Board Chair, Uncommon Schools
    Carl Cohn, Director of the Urban Leadership Program and Clinical Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University
    Peter Gorman, Executive Vice President, Education Services, Amplify
    Irma Zardoya, President and CEO, NYC Leadership Academy

    What does it take to lead a school system today? How can we recruit, prepare, and support aspiring system-level leaders? Join moderator Stacey Childress, CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund, as she discusses successful education leadership with former leaders from school districts and charter management organizations. Together they will focus on how leadership pipeline programs can best meet the challenge of recruiting and equipping leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective.
    Forum in conjunction with the Building Leadership Pipelines convening.

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    Askwith Forums: A Conversation with Anne Holton


    Anne Holton, former secretary of education, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.’92, Ed.D.’95, professor of practice and director, Urban Superintendents Program, HGSE; former superintendent, Richmond Public Schools, Commonwealth of Virginia

    This forum is being held in conjunction with the Women in Education Leadership, Programs in Professional Education convening.

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    Askwith Forum | M. Night Shyamalan: I Got Schooled


    On April 28, 2014, HGSE Prof. Paul Reville introduced filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who discussed on his work on education reform.

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    Askwith Forum: Prof. Claude Steele - Stereotype Threat


    Stereotype Threat: How It Affects Us and What We Can Do About It

    Speaker: Claude Steele, executive vice chancellor and provost, University of California - Berkeley;
    author of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

    Discussant: Pamela Mason, M.A.T.’70, Ed.D.’75, lecturer on education; faculty director, Language and Literacy Program, HGSE

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, dean and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, HGSE

    Claude Steele, internationally renowned social scientist and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of California - Berkeley, will discuss his theory of stereotype threat, which has been the focus of much of his research and writing throughout his academic career. The theory examines how people from different groups, being threatened by different stereotypes, can have quite different experiences in the same situation. It has also been used to understand group differences in performance ranging from the intellectual to the athletic. Steele's book, Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us and what we Can Do, published in 2010, was based on this research and lays out a plan to mitigate the negative effects of “stereotype threat.”

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    Temple Grandin Askwith Forum | All Kinds of Minds Help the World


    On March 26, 2014, HGSE welcomed autism expert and professor of animal science Dr. Temple Grandin for an Askwith Forum in Longfellow Hall entitled All Kinds of Minds Help the World. Prof. Thomas Hehir introduced Dr. Grandin's talk, which was followed by a Q&A.

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    Askwith Forum – With This Ring: Winning Marriage Equality


    • Julie Goodridge, Ed.M.’83, Founder and CEO, NorthStar Asset Management; lead plaintiff in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, winning marriage rights for same sex couples in Massachusetts
    • Timothy McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard College; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Marc Solomon, Principal and National Director, Civitas Public Affairs; former National Campaign Director, Freedom to Marry; author, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won

    Moderator: Matthew Miller, Ed.M.’01, Ed.D.’06, Lecturer on Education and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, HGSE

    Public opinion on marriage equality shifted more dramatically than nearly any other civil rights debate in history. What made the movement successful? What lessons can we learn from the marriage equality movement? What's next for LGBTQ equality, now that marriage is the law of the land? What role should educators play in advancing equality? How can teachers and school leaders create safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ families?

    This forum is being held in conjunction with the Out Front! LGBTQ Leaders to Learn From speakers series, and is part of HGSE's Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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    Askwith Forum: The Futures of School Reform


    Most efforts at school reform run a new program through the existing system and wonder why it won't scale. What if the system itself is the problem, and that our real options are to transform, replace, reassemble, expand, or just dissolve the existing way we do schooling? Proposals range from retooling our system to follow the international leaders, to ways to integrate school reform and social reform, to ways of moving away from schools entirely. A panel of leading thinkers and actors in the sector will share five visions of the educational future.

    • Elizabeth City, Ed.M.'04, Ed.D.'07, lecturer on education; executive director, Doctor of Education Leadership Program, HGSE
    • Frederick Hess, Ed.M.'90, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
    • Jal Mehta, assistant professor of education, HGSE
    • Paul Reville, professor of practice, HGSE
    • Robert Schwartz, C.A.S.'68, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE

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    Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Askwith Forum


    On Monday, October 15, Askwith Forums presents Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a discussion of the case before the United States Supreme Court concerning the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin and its implications for higher education. Panelists will include Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, professor of law and professor of history at Harvard University.

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    Askwith Forum – New American Mosaic: Diversity and The Innovation Economy


    Speaker: Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

    By 2044, the U.S. Census Bureau anticipates that minority populations will become the majority groups in America. What does this mean? What are the opportunities and challenges for democracy? How do we define a New America? Undoubtedly, these are all questions that present significant public policy challenges in education, health, workforce readiness, as well as economic and business participation. The success of America’s minority populations, the mosaic of our democracy, will directly determine whether or not the United States continues to be globally competitive in an ever-changing economic and technological landscape.

    Today more than ever, educators are uniquely positioned to serve as important catalysts of change. What role will they play in designing the vehicle to develop and sharpen critical thinking, support new democratic systems, and create innovative technologies that are able to advance policies and programs designed to ensure that all Americans are active participants in the economic engine that fuels the nation? The economic nexus between entrepreneurs and educators is a symbiotic relation. Castillo will provide education leaders with a call to action designed to boldly lead us into a healthy economic future by embracing the new demographic horizon with groundbreaking action and urgency.

    In conjunction with the 14th Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) , “Educators as Architects: Building a Mosaic for Democracy Now!”

    Part of HGSE's Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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    Askwith Forum: A Conversation with University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan


    Speaker: Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

    Discussant: Judith McLaughlin, M.A.T.’71, Ed.D.’83, Senior Lecturer on Education; Faculty Director, Higher Education Program; Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, HGSE

    Introduction: James E. Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE

    University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan will describe the significant challenges and opportunities faced by higher education leaders today. She will discuss principles of effective leadership that can create a culture of shared leadership at all levels of a university or other organization.

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    Askwith Forum: How Do You Define American?


    Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American

    Vargas will keynote the opening session for the 2015 Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) and will talk about immigration, citizenship, and identity in a demographically-changing America.

    The 2015 AOCC conference theme, “The Other Narrative: Celebrating Untold Stories,” will provide participants the opportunity to challenge dominant narratives that position the racial, ethnic, and cultural identities belonging to communities of color as inferior. By highlighting untold stories and counter-narratives, AOCC will engage participants in exploring different voices that celebrate just alternatives that include and go beyond academic discipline and pedagogy.

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    Is U.S. Public School Funding Fair? | Askwith Forum


    Moderator: Susan Eaton, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, research director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; co-director, One Nation Indivisible

    • Andrés Alonso, Ed.M.’99, Ed.D.’06, professor of practice, HGSE; former CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
    • Bruce Baker, professor, The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
    • David Hinojosa, Southwest regional counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    • David G. Sciarra, executive director, Education Law Center

    Do states provide sufficient resources for all children to achieve meaningful growth in school? Does the national school funding process function fairly and effectively? This forum will use the measures of fairness developed in the groundbreaking National Report Card: Is School Funding Fair? study to explore the current state of U.S. public school funding. Panelists will discuss how inequitable funding for public schools hampers efforts to boost academic outcomes and improve achievement among vulnerable student populations.

    Forum in conjunction with Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School.

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    Askwith Forum: If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together


    Moderator: Karen L. Mapp, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Education Policy and Management Program, HGSE

    • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools
    • Josephine Bias Robinson, Chief, Office of Family and Public Engagement, Office of the Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

    In the Race to the Top across our nation’s schools, the drive for reform has been urgent and disruptive. Reform efforts in urban school districts seek to transform the educational experience, but often by doing the work in spite of, or to, communities, instead of listening and collaborating with them. DC Public Schools, under the leadership of Chancellor Kaya Henderson, is demonstrating that positive change can happen when family and community engagement is coupled with and integrated into the efforts to transform and improve the classroom experience. Hear how DC Public Schools are going farther, faster, together with their families to create sustainable improvements in educational outcomes for all their children.

    Part of HGSE's Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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    Askwith Forum: Assessing the DREAM and 15 years of Congressional Inaction


    This year marks the 15th anniversary of the initial introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act – legislation that would provide undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children a path toward legal status through education or the military. Despite widespread and bipartisan support, the DREAM Act has failed to pass at the federal level, placing the dreams of more than 2 million young people on hold. What lessons have we learned over these last fifteen years? What has been the cost of inaction? And how have communities, institutions and local governments responded in the absence of immigration reform? Join us as we reflect on and contemplate the bill that aimed at creating opportunity for this vital segment of the immigrant community.

    Donald E. Graham, co-founder, TheDream.US; chairman of the board, Graham Holdings Company; founding chairman, District of Columbia College Access Program
    Angela Maria Kelley, executive director, Center for American Progress Action Fund; senior vice president, Center for American Progress
    Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and founder, Define American
    Moderator: Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor of education, HGSE

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    Askwith Forum | A Path to College for Low-Income Students


    On October 29, 2013, Clayton Spencer headlined an Askwith Forum entitled A Path to College for Low-Income Students in Longfellow Hall at HGSE.

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    Askwith Forum | Is Public Education Dead?


    On March 13, 2014, HGSE Dean James Ryan introduced speaker David L. Kirp and discussants Christopher Jencks and Jal Mehta for an Askwith Forum entitled Is Public Education Dead? in Longfellow Hall.

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    Askwith Forum: Youth in the Maelstrom: Newcomers, Identity, and Education


    Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    In a time of mass migration, juggling multiple identities is a challenge for vulnerable young 'newcomers' and the host community alike. How can educators facilitate positive management of both these rich and these daunting opportunities? What are the risks involved, for all concerned? (October 6th, 2010)

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    Askwith Forum: The Politics of Race and Class in Higher Education: Deborah Bial


    Deborah Bial, Ed.M. '96, Ed.D. '04, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, Inc. discusses the politics of race and class in higher education. (October 26, 2010)

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    Askwith Forums: Life, Animated: Autism, Ableism, and Educators


    Speaker: Ron Suskind, author, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; lecturer, Harvard Law School Discussants: • Tom Hehir, Ed.D.’90, Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences, HGSE • Michael Stein, visiting professor and executive director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability Ron Suskind will speak about Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, the book and award-winning documentary about reaching his autistic son through Disney characters. He will engage in conversation with Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and HGSE Professor Tom Hehir. This forum is being held in conjunction with the Disability and Equity @ Work: The Power of Policy, Myth and Practice from Higher Education to Employment conference. Conference sponsored by HGSE Access and Disability Services, the HGSE Office of Student Affairs, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and the New… Type of Event: Forum. Question & Answer Session. Program/Department: Alumni. AskWith Forum. Building/Room: Askwith Hall. Contact Name: Roger Falcon. Contact Email: Contact Phone: 617-384-9968. Sponsoring Organization/Department: Harvard Graduate School of Education. Registration Required: No. Admission Fee: This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Required: No. Thursday, October 6, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Longfellow Hall 13 Appian Way Cambridge, MA 02138.

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    Askwith Forum | Urban Neighborhoods and the Persistence of Racial Inequality


    On April 29, 2014, HGSE Dean James E. Ryan moderated an Askwith Forum with speaker Patrick Sharkey and discussants Richard Rothstein and William Julius Wilson.

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    Askwith Forum | Educational Challenges of the 21st Century


    On April 24, 2014, HGSE Prof. Fernando Reimers hosted an Askwith Forum with panelists Amar Bhidé, Michael Casserly, Mitchell Chester, Deb Delisle, and Nancy Hoffman.

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    edX: Reinventing Education Askwith Forum | October 1, 2013


    HGSE Dean James Ryan introduces Anant Agarwal, the President of edX.

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