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From the topic: Leadership and Policy

The (only) three ways to improve performance in schools
HGSE Professor Richard Elmore

Richard Elmore describes the significance of the teacher- student-content relationship for school improvement. Elmore warns, "If you can't see it in the classroom, it's not there."
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A new view: distributed leadership
HGSE Professor John Diamond

"Distributed leadership" is the latest educational buzz word, but what does it mean? In this brief written summary and audio excerpt with accompanying slides from a recent class presentation, Diamond clarifies why this latest term offers a powerful new view for school leaders.
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Creating "win-win" labor-management collaboration
HGSE Professor Paul Reville

Paul discusses the Rennie Center's new book Win-Win Labor-Management Collaboration in Education: Breakthrough Practices to Benefit Students, Teachers, and Administrators highlighting innovative best practices for improving labor-management relations in public education.
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From the topic: Learning and Development

Struggling to read: The rhythms and sounds of dyslexia
HGSE Assistant Professor Jenny Thomson

In this audio interview, Jenny Thomson clarifies our current understanding of the difficulties associated with dyslexia.
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Skills and the brain grow together
HGSE Professor Kurt Fischer

In this video clip, Kurt Fischer, from HGSE's Mind, Brain, and Education program, talks about exciting research findings that relate growth in skills to growth in brain activity.
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How education can change the brain
Professor Antonio Damasio, University of Southern California

Antonio Damasio, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Neurology at the University of Southern California, spoke with the HGSE community about these examples of how educational experience alters the brain. From a conference at HGSE, October, 2004.
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Are people more than just their brains?
Professors Kurt Fischer and Antonio Damasio

Professors Antonio Damasio and Kurt Fischer each address how researchers go beyond offering only biological descriptions of learning and development.
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Rx for struggling readers
HGSE Professor Catherine Snow

View video excerpts of key findings from six chapters of the National Academy of Education's latest report, Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: Co-editor and Professor Catherine Snow presents at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, March 1, 2006.
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Handheld computing
HGSE Professor Chris Dede

In this video clip, Chris Dede, describes how teachers can take advantage of this distribution of work. Handheld computers can do the mundane computations associated with problem solving, allowing students to spend their time interpreting information and applying their skills.
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Learning in a virtual world
HGSE Professor Chris Dede

Teams of students can use a videogame-like interface to learn in a Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE). In this video clip, Chris Dede describes River City MUVE and evidence of its effectiveness for achieving learning goals.
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From the topic: Decisions through Data

Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words
HGSE Associate Professor Wendy Luttrell

In this video clip, Wendy Luttrell invited a student to document her surroundings and then used the photographs to elicit further discussion. Luttrell explains how this type of photograph data can be used to inform and potentially improve instruction.
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Making it Work: Low-wage employment, family life, and child development
HGSE Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa

In this audio clip, Yoshikawa discusses key findings from the study, reported in his new book, Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development.
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From the topic: Community and Family

Popping the question: How can schools engage families in education?
HGSE Lecturer Karen Mapp

In this video clip, Karen Mapp recommends strategies for engaging families and communities to improve student learning.
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From the topic: Teaching and Curriculum

Technology and youth: A remix that is changing the education landscape
HGSE Visiting Professor Helen Haste

In this first clip, Helen Haste contrasts two ways of conceptualizing the student. In one view, the learner is an individual problem-solver, using logic to work through puzzles independently. In the other view, learners are tool-users, collaborating with others using cultural resources, including technological tools.
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Why use the Web for professional development?
HGSE Professor Stone Wiske

In this clip, Wiske discusses the advantages of using networked technologies over other traditional forms of professional development.
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Learning to stand in someone else's shoes
HGSE Professor Robert Selman

In this first video clip, Robert Selman describes the evolution of his approach to promoting social awareness in the classroom: linking children's literature with instruction around perspective-taking.
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Lee Academy: A school focused on closing the achievement gap
HGSE Lecturer Richard Weissbourd

In this first video clip, Richard Weissbourd explains the rationale, and the ingredients, of high-quality early childhood education as a strategy for closing the achievement gap.
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Social perspective taking: A multidimensional approach
HGSE Assistant Professor Hunter Gehlbach

In an exclusive feature, Hunter Gehlbach invites Usable Knowledge readers to test their own perspective taking abilities. In this video clip, see how skillfully you can recognize the feelings that underlie other people's words, gestures, and expressions.
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Five Minds for the Future
HGSE Professor Howard Gardner

In this first video clip, the reflective educator can think about three kinds of minds that emphasize various aspects of intellectual development. Howard Gardner describes what it means for citizens and workers to exhibit these types of minds.
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