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In the complex world of education, the Harvard EdCast keeps the focus simple: what makes a difference for learners, educators, parents, and our communities. The EdCast is a weekly podcast about the ideas that shape education, from early learning through college and career. We talk to teachers, researchers, policymakers, and leaders of schools and systems in the US and around the world — looking for positive approaches to the challenges and inequities in education. Through authentic conversation, we work to lower the barriers of education’s complexities so that everyone can understand.

The Harvard EdCast is produced by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and hosted by Jill Anderson. The opinions expressed are those of the guest alone, and not the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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    • 4.4 • 73 Ratings

In the complex world of education, the Harvard EdCast keeps the focus simple: what makes a difference for learners, educators, parents, and our communities. The EdCast is a weekly podcast about the ideas that shape education, from early learning through college and career. We talk to teachers, researchers, policymakers, and leaders of schools and systems in the US and around the world — looking for positive approaches to the challenges and inequities in education. Through authentic conversation, we work to lower the barriers of education’s complexities so that everyone can understand.

The Harvard EdCast is produced by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and hosted by Jill Anderson. The opinions expressed are those of the guest alone, and not the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Getting Back to Education in Developing Countries

    Getting Back to Education in Developing Countries

    Claudia Costin talks about how COVID has impacted education in developing countries like Brazil.

    • 20 min
    Giving Thanks in the Classroom

    Giving Thanks in the Classroom

    Michael Fauteux talks about how gratitude practice shifted teaching and learning and impacted students.

    • 20 min
    Embracing the Whole Student, Being Ratchetdemic

    Embracing the Whole Student, Being Ratchetdemic

    Christopher Emdin discusses a new educational model and how to be ratchetdemic.

    • 26 min
    How Climate Change is Taught in America

    How Climate Change is Taught in America

    Journalist Katie Worth shares what she discovered about how climate change is taught in America.

    • 23 min
    Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten

    Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten

    Maleka Donaldson shares different ways teachers frame mistakes in kindergarten and how mistakes can impact lifelong learning.

    • 26 min
    Reclaiming Higher Ed for All Students

    Reclaiming Higher Ed for All Students

    Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, talks about how higher education needs to change and some of the innovative efforts his institution has taken to be more accessible to all students.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

A non mouse11 ,

Like the premise of the podcast but..

I just heard Mr Khan of Khan Academy tell us all what a best practice would be for systems and education online/distance right now... I need to say his thoughts are out of touch with most US public schools. His point was knowing teachers have many kids and little time they should consider for example taking a 60 minute period of time and turning it into multiple shorter sessions with fewer kids.. Most teachers in most systems have between 4&6 60minute sessions a day, and sometimes those have as many as 40 students... the math doesn’t work. Systems are firing right now not hiring, as tax revenue has plummeted and many states are reentering closedowns etc. his pontificating about best practices for kids and realizing we shouldn’t worry about hitting every curricular unit.. That has been the norm pre-covid in most places. How about some good advice like honest triage advice that will get us through this year. Shortcuts for explanations for kids that are at the top and ways distance learning actually can be done with special needs students. Actual in class techniques (when to mute, how to use chat functions, etc). This whole method is only disintegrating an already broken system and his company, while non-profit now or seemingly, stands to gain from the sudden need for online content. I would love to hear from actual K-12 educators in the trenches, many for the last 2 months.

ppiinncckk ,

Pandemic state testing

This episode was absolute garbage. Not only was it not compelling, it was convoluted and, frankly, absurd. Thinly veiled political shenanigans.

Arlie K ,

An essential listen for lifelong learners!

So grateful for the Harvard EdCast! No matter the topic, I gain actionable information from every episode. An incredible resource for administrators, educators, and parents alike!

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