Education Now | The Path Forward

As we prepare to navigate a summer of uncertainty and decisions about the fall, our schools, families, and communities need a new vision for the future of K-12 education — one that addresses the inequities that the current crisis has starkly revealed.

Join HGSE Professors Paul Reville and Meira Levinson and writer and researcher Clint Smith (Ed.M.’17, Ph.D.’20) on May 20 at 3 p.m. ET, for the next Education Now webinar, “The Path Forward,” where we'll talk with education visionaries about what needs to happen now, what to hope for, what to fear, and how to find a productive path forward. Details and advanced registration:

About Education Now:
Education Now is an initiative by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) to respond to the dramatic changes in the field of education today. One aspect of that initiative is a new web series of crucial conversations about teaching, learning, leading, and living in the time of coronavirus, hosted by Richard Weissbourd, co-director of HGSE's Human Development and Psychology program and director of HGSE’s Making Caring Common project. Episodes will broadcast live on Zoom and will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

About Richard Weissbourd:
Richard Weissbourd is a child and family psychologist and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Harvard Kennedy School. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the opportunity gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children. He is director of the Making Caring Common (MCC) Project, a national effort to prioritize moral and social development in child-raising and in schools.

About Meira Levinson:
Meira Levinson is a normative political philosopher who works at the intersection of civic education, youth empowerment, racial justice, and educational ethics. In doing so, she draws upon scholarship from multiple disciplines as well as her eight years of experience teaching in the Atlanta and Boston Public Schools. She is currently working to start a global field of educational ethics, modeled in some ways after bioethics, that is philosophically rigorous, disciplinarily, and experientially inclusive, and both relevant to and informed by educational policy and practice.

About Paul Reville:
Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. Reville served as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2008-2013. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, he established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. Reville’s career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA volunteer/youth worker. He also served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools.

About Clint Smith:
Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He is currently an Emerson Fellow at New America and has previously received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion whose writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, and The Paris Review. Previously, Clint taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He currently teaches writing and literature in the D.C. Central Detention Facility. His debut narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.


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