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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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    • Education
    • 4.3 • 79 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.

    Equality or Equity?

    Equality or Equity?

    Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade discusses why schools need to be equity-focused and how equality hasn't produced the results needed.

    • 28 min
    Humanizing Education Through Hip-Hop

    Humanizing Education Through Hip-Hop

    Harvard's Aysha Upchurch talks about the transformative power of hip-hop in education.

    • 32 min
    The Case for Anti-Oppressive Social Studies in Elementary School

    The Case for Anti-Oppressive Social Studies in Elementary School

    Noreen Naseem Rodríguez discusses anti-oppressive social studies and why we need it in elementary schools.

    • 29 min
    Empowering Schools to Take Climate Action

    Empowering Schools to Take Climate Action

    Laura Schifter talks about how schools contribute to climate issues and what needs to happen to change it.

    • 20 min
    Making Up the Difference in Math

    Making Up the Difference in Math

    Harvard's Heather Hill and Jon Star reflect on how COVID impacted math teaching and learning, and where do we go next.

    • 22 min
    The Nature of Imagination

    The Nature of Imagination

    Developmental psychologist Paul Harris talks about how children's imaginations can inform education and parenting.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 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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