Wit, Grit & Good Values: HGSE’s Critical Conversations & Bold Ideas Campaign

I wanted to provide an overview of some poignant take aways from the Harvard Graduate School of Education launch of Critical Conversations and Bold Ideas Campaign that I attendedHGSE. This session provided eight professors with the opportunity to share their bold ideas to improve education.  Here’s a recap of several of their ideas along with the top videos. I also posted about Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s talk with Professor Monica Higgins and you can view a recap of their discussion here and watch the video as well.
What does it take to succeed in life? According to Howard Gardner – who developed the concepts of multiple intelligences and good work – at today’s “Learn To Change The World” launch at the Harvard Graduate School Of Education, all it takes is wit, grit and good values.

And that’s all it will take for society to change the way it educates all children, to insure that all get a good education.

Howard ended with this Tweet.





Another speaker,  Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville championed policies that braided social support for families with traditional education.

His methods were so effective that he now champions similar strategies for the entire country as the HGSE Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration.

“Our current urban school systems are outmoded and insufficient to overcome society’s hurdles.”

Reville and HGSE are perfectly poised to create 21st Century models that ensure a better education and future for every child, and consequently a better world for all.

Yet another speaker, HGSE Dean Bridget Terry Long proclaimed that not all educational reform has to blow up a current system to make a big difference.  Long proves this with her work making the federal application for financial aid simpler and more effective for low-income students.

Finally, Thomas Kane spoke on how HGSE is perfectly poised to develop research projects with smart data analysts across the country.  Doing more of this before embarking on poorly researched federal mandates will save society money and create a better education system faster.

Win for our pocketbooks. Win for society.