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.
The COVID Catch-up Challenge
Harvard Professor Tom Kane shares what research tells us about planning COVID catch-up efforts in response to pandemic learning loss.
Why We Need Asian American History in Schools
Stewart Kwoh talks about the need for Asian American history in the curriculum, how this can be done, and the challenges to making it a reality in education.
How We Can Better Support Refugees in Education
Associate Professor Sarah Dryden-Peterson talks about the ways we can better support refugee children and teachers in education around the world.
What Global Innovations Changed Education During the Pandemic
Harvard Professor Fernando Reimers discusses what global innovations made an impact in education during the pandemic and whether education can sustain them.
Creating Educational Spaces Full of Joy and Justice
National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey reflects on the importance of valuing all parts of a student’s identity and what that means for a teacher today.
What it Takes to Be a Great University
Harvard Professor Dick Light shares what sets a great university apart from an okay one.
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.
Pandemic state testing
This episode was absolute garbage. Not only was it not compelling, it was convoluted and, frankly, absurd. Thinly veiled political shenanigans.
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!