College rankings: How they actually work

College rankings are ubiquitous as the school year starts. U.S. News & World Report, Niche, and Times Higher Education all released rankings in September.  The proliferation of these rankings have led some to revolt against the concept of neatly bucketing schools on lists where they are in the "top" or "bottom" of rankings, especially as top performers tend to be expensive private schools, and ballooning [...]

College rankings: How they actually work 2017-09-22T13:23:45+00:00

Engaging Women in Conservation

This past March, the theme for Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month-long celebration, we wanted to talk to women who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps. Based on the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, modern Conservation Corps are locally-based organizations that engage diverse young adults in service and job [...]

Engaging Women in Conservation 2017-09-20T15:49:44+00:00

Deloitte’s RightStep Helps Kids Stay on the College Path

Countless studies have shown that individuals with a college degree will do much better financially over the course of their careers than those without. That’s good news for those who graduate college, especially as the degree will be required for the bulk of new jobs the U.S. economy will create in the coming years. But it is mostly bad news for those from low-income families for whom college [...]

Deloitte’s RightStep Helps Kids Stay on the College Path 2017-09-18T11:52:31+00:00

College in the U.S. Is More Expensive Than in Any Other Country in the World

Higher education costs in this country are out of control. The price of a college degree is more expensive in America than anywhere else in the world, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD looked at public and private college costs in its 35 member countries and found that higher education is priciest in the United States [...]

College in the U.S. Is More Expensive Than in Any Other Country in the World 2017-09-18T12:24:02+00:00

Not Just a Perk: How Clear ROI Is Driving Tuition Assistance Programs

Tuition assistance programs are nothing new, but the way organizations use them as a tool for talent attraction and development has been slowly shifting over the past few years. As the economy rebounds, workers don’t historically head back to school to top up their qualifications. But with more employers competing for top talent, organizations are upping their benefits packages to include education. According to the 2015 [...]

Not Just a Perk: How Clear ROI Is Driving Tuition Assistance Programs 2017-09-15T10:56:11+00:00

But That’s a Girl Book!

The more Joseph McIntyre, Ed.M.'10, Ed.D.'17, read to his baby daughter, the more he realized that most of the books were about boys — to the point that he began to switch the genders of main characters. “It made me wonder how things looked in children’s literature as a whole,” he says. While a student in the doctoral program, McIntyre began analyzing existing research. Previous [...]

But That’s a Girl Book! 2017-09-11T10:43:28+00:00

Confronting Racism at an Early Age

For almost a decade, teachers and administrators at the Bowman Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts, have been working to increase staff diversity and become a more inclusive, culturally proficient community. But about a year ago, says Principal Mary Anton, they realized that teaching children the language to recognize and understand race and bias is an important part of the work of dismantling racism through education. [...]

Confronting Racism at an Early Age 2017-09-11T12:05:07+00:00

From Harvard to Honky Tonk

We expect the Ed School to produce the next generation of great teachers, education entrepreneurs, and policymakers, but for Leah Waldo, Ed.M.'15, her time on Appian Way, including one foot-stomping, memorable event, led her on an unexpected journey from Cambridge to Nashville to become a country musician. It was truly a life-changing afternoon for Waldo as she sat in the audience of Askwith Hall in [...]

From Harvard to Honky Tonk 2017-09-11T12:23:38+00:00

What Can Educators Do to Help Transgender Students?

There are a lot of areas where educators can help transgender students and be supportive of the full spectrum of gender identity. For starters, they can evaluate (and then get rid of) all the ways that schools “gender” students. For example, in elementary school, instead of boy/girl lines, have kids line up by birthday or alphabetically. In high school, have all graduating students wear the [...]

What Can Educators Do to Help Transgender Students? 2017-09-11T13:26:50+00:00

Harvard EdCast: The Intersection of Education and Incarceration

What does it take for a non-incacerated instructor to provide a valuable learning experience for his or her incarcerated students? This is a question without definite answers, says Erin Castro, assistant professor at the University of Utah. A longtime instructor affiliate with the Education Justice Project, which provides higher educational opportunities to students at the Danville Correctional Center in central Illinois, Castro engaged one of [...]

Harvard EdCast: The Intersection of Education and Incarceration 2017-09-11T14:53:05+00:00