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.
Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times
Kristi Nelson, the executive director of a Network for Grateful Living, shares ideas for teaching and learning gratitude during challenging times.
The Amateur Enterprise of College Teaching
How much has college teaching really changed in 150 years? Not very much, according to Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In his latest book, The Amateur Hour, Zimmerman traces the history of undergraduate teaching practices in the United States and how it has yet to reach a level of professionalization. In this episode of the EdCast, Zimmerman discusses how colleges and universities got to where they are today, and what it might take to change the future of college teaching.
Teaching Across a Political Divide
America seems more divided than ever. Paula McAvoy, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, has long focused her work on helping educators teach young people how to live together in this world. Educators can use the recent presidential election as a tool. In this episode of the EdCast, McAvoy discusses how to make the most of your "political" classroom.
Applying Education Research to Practice
Education research is often disconnected from the reality of practitioners in the field. Carrie Conaway, a senior lecturer at Harvard and an expert on how to apply education research in practice, gets into the details of how to bridge the gap between education research and practice. In this episode, she discusses the way education leaders can use existing education research and also begin to implement their own evidence-based research to figure out what works.
How Colleges Fail Disadvantaged Students
Tony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor and assistant professor at Harvard, discusses the experiences of low income students as colleges try to diversify student population, and ways we can change it for the better.
How Covid-19 Impacts Rural Schools
We don't often hear about the 15% of students who attend rural schools. It seems this population is often left out of national conversations about the impact of COVID on education. Mara Tieken, an associate professor at Bates College, is an expert on rural schools and has been helping many rural school districts cope throughout the pandemic. In this episode, Tieken talks about some of the ways rural schools are getting through the pandemic and ideas on how to include rural schools in the national conversation.
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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.
What a disappointment
What a disappointment! But when you are Harvard, you can sell the banal as profound.
Hegemony even in education. There are better podcasts, even in education. Just one’s taste, and just one’s needs. For me, this is just filler-air and book sales. What a disappointment! Ph.Ds? I’ll go on to my other podcasts.
Listen to the interview with the Dean of Education at Harvard U, and hear the empty air of U.S. higher education fill the space of time with empty words and their expensive egos.
I’ve found more interesting and engaging Ed podcasts out there, (BAM radio, etc.) that interview line teachers. Like one who said that this back to school for K-12 decision was not about education or safety & public health it was all about the economy—Leadership had the time to think about the reopening since March & in August reopened unprepared.
After 12 credits into a M.Ed. I’m dropping out, a waste of money to listen to these Education professors.
But the Dean of Education did not mention in her talk that after the pandemic “There’s a change a comm’n for US Higher Education.” And the disruption will leave them behind. And the professors will not be held responsible. An ignorant citizen’s assessment of the result of the post pandemic and these times of uncertainty—-True Globalization.
Great podcast. Keep it going
Very nice podcast. Great guests.